This week in #bufferchat, our community shared stories, experiences and inspiration about choosing positivity. We talked about why choosing positivity can impact our lives, strategies for bringing positivity into our workplaces, actions and activities we can do to feel more positive, and a lot more.

Read on to discover all of the awesome inspiration that was shared during the chat!

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Bufferchat on November 23, 2016: Choosing Positivity

This week’s stats:
1st Bufferchat: 72 participants; 437 tweets; reach of 994,366
2nd Bufferchat: 255 participants; 2,790 tweets; reach of 2,646,688

Q1: How does choosing positivity impact your life?

From the community:

  • “Choosing positivity can be hard, but it’s the less stressful option. Negativity leads to inaction, positivity to action.” @Felicity_Alma
  • “Positivity helps me expand my perspectives on things, perspectives I otherwise think would not exist.” @CedricRichards
  • “Negativity sticks around for a long time and your body remembers. So #positivity keeps me healthier.” @AishaMooreMPH
  • “Positivity brings out new revelations and allows you to see things in a new light.” @kjaymiller
  • “Choosing positivity has really helped me whenever I’ve had any setbacks. Sounds cheesy, but when 1 door closes another opens!” @luciafontaina

See all the great answers to question 1 here!

Q2: What are things (actions, practices, activities) you do to help you choose positivity throughout your days?

From the community:

  • “The first thing I do is practice gratitude. Every morning. Tell myself out loud one thing I’m grateful for. Great mindset.” @Chris_Keller
  • “Meditate. Make a point to try to make at least one person smile. Avoid gossip. Choose to compliment vs put down.” @Garvface
  • “Substitute problems as challenges. View life as a journey. Be positively aware. Hang out with optimistic people.” @kkopacz1
  • “Take time to plan your day. It’s easier to have a positive outlook on your work day when you are organized.” @milestech
  • “When something particularly good happens, I take time to journal it in some way – planner, , etc.” @SimTara

See all the great answers to question 2 here!

Q3: What’s your advice for shifting from a negative outlook to a positive one?

From the community:

  • “Focus on framing things differently. Exercise empathy and try to understand where others are coming from.” @Wilde_Agency
  • “A shift in physical action (walk, stand, run) helps by getting the blood flowing and helps provide new visuals/perspective.” @ideabloke
  • “Make it a habit! When you have a negative outlook: take initiative, look at all angles, find the positive, repeat.” @Anne_E_Mercer
  • “Recognizing the source of negativity instead of symptoms, being grateful for your blessings that others don’t have.” @mgouzrou
  • “Focus on a past success, remember how it felt, then channel that energy into moving forward.” @MurrayAshley

See all the great answers to question 3 here!

Q4: When is it challenging for you to choose positivity?

From the community:

  • “It can be hard to choose positivity when feeling defensive. 🙁 Helps to remember everyone is only doing the best they can.” @MelissaBreau
  • “When I don’t get enough quality sleep it is hard for me to keep positive. Need to restore energy properly. Brain needs it.” @GMezetis
  • “When I don’t see results of my efforts. I know success isn’t immediate or overnight. I remind myself to enjoy the journey.” @KymWrites
  • “When you’re surrounded by negative people it will take a lot to get out of a similar mindset.” @shred_nations
  • “When it involves something I really care about & when I’m attached on an outcome. I choose to let go & see the options available.” @natis1604

See all the great answers to question 4 here!

Q5: How can you bring more positivity into your workplace? Feel free to share any anecdotes!

From the community:

  • “You can never, ever say thank you enough. Thank your team daily and acknowledge all of their hard work.” @MyCorporation
  • “Use language like how can we, yes and, etc. Go positive and assume positive intent. It works.” @rightlymktg
  • “Treat others the way you want to be treated. Be a resource, a mentor, and act with accountability.” @MolinaCareers
  • “Make up your mind to be positive & smile when you walk in. Ask real ?’s & care about coworkers. Deliver on promises.” @TimothyMohler
  • “Apply “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. Ask people about their day, their lives, their interests. Remember details!” @amanda_tessier

See all the great answers to question 5 here!

Q6: Which books, blogs or people inspire you to choose positivity, and why?

From the community:

  • ! I’ve been following him for a year now, and whether I like everything he says or not, he gets me back on track.” @Dave_Perry7
  • also helps me keep motivated and feel positive. Especially for Mondays.” @dhruv_jadav
  • “We are big fans of – it’s inspiring to see how young people are taking charge of their lives!” @D2MediaSLN
  • “Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning” for sure. Puts life in #perspective.” @jjwongster
  • “This is the book I’ve found that’s been most helpful in solidifying my positive outlook: Peace is Every Step.@Lauchlin

See all the great answers to question 6 here!

Q7: What’s one thing you can try over the next week to put more positivity out into the world around you?

From the community:

  • “I like to pick someone I know and send them email telling them why they’re awesome. Who doesn’t love random praise?” @KodyAtk
  • “I’m going to connect with an online creative and help them out where I can (for free).” @magdaayuk
  • “Show love to all, I think we sometimes forget it can be a simple smile that causes a chain reaction.” @_BriannaLopez
  • “Send random texts or notes to my friends and family and tell them I love ’em!” @hirenoah
  • “Carve out time to dedicate to gratitude. Hand write cards, reconnect with a long-lost friend, and call my grandrents.” @juliabreathes

See all the great answers to question 7 here!


Thank you so much to our awesome community for spreading so much positivity out into the Twittersphere today!

Do you have any comments or answers to these questions? Leave your thoughts in the comments! We’d love to hear from you!

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Written by Arielle Tannenbaum

Community Strategist at Buffer. In addition to her love of community building, Arielle also loves vegetables, cooking, practicing yoga, meditating, living mindfully, and exploring the connections between health and happiness!

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