“A rising tide lifts all boats.” JFK

Have you ever experienced that person who enters the room and the room just lifts up?

Of course you have, we all have.  Unfortunately, we also have all experienced that person that enters the room and the room just sinks, right?  See, our energy is contagious.  Every single day we have a choice to brighten the world with positivity or darken it with negativity.

The book Positive Dog by Jon Gordon is a really fun, quick read about positivity.  I love this quote from the book, “Too often we wait for something in life to make us smile.  We wait until we feel positive and a smile happens.  But you don’t have to wait to feel positive enough for a smile to happen.  You can generate a positive feeling by smiling.  Your smile can be the source of your positivity, not the result of it.”

I love that!  Don’t wait for a reason to smile, smile for no reason.  Research shows that when we smile often (in a genuine way) our brain produces more serotonin.  Serotonin is our happiness hormone.  Antidepressant drugs are basically serotonin boosters, so genuinely smiling often is like taking a free antidepressant.

How awesome is that!

By smiling often, we also become the rising tide that lifts all boats.  If you walk by a random person and give them a big genuine smile, what happens most of the time?  They smile back!  It’s a natural human response.  Social psychologists call this the law of reciprocity.

Positive attitudes are contagious.  And the cool thing is, we can be the ones that decide to spread it.

A rising tide lifts all boats.  Remember that, and decide to be that rising tide today that lifts everyone around you.

Make today an awesome day,

Kevin Slagle



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