We all know how annoying it is to be in a foul mood and for somebody to give the well-meaning advice: “stay positive”,”cheer up”, “it’ll all be okay in the end”.
And we all know how it feels to be stuck in a rut. A day where nothing works out: you make a mistake at work, spill Coco Pops all over your desk (and yourself), step in a puddle on the way home, have a plastic bag break – all you want to do is go to bed and start again.
It’s tough to look at the bright side on those days where it seems like the world is against you. If you’re a perfectionist like me, you can always do better. But pessimism is actually bad for your health. Research has shown that positivists (yes, that’s a word) are psychologically healthier than those who focus on the negative. Seems obvious, right?
Other studies have also shown that it increases productivity. Start with a good attitude, and you’ll perform better.
So, despite my tendency to be a little cynical, I decided to blag it and start each day with a positive statement. Saying it out loud to myself, to others, writing it down, Tweeting it – whatever.
Laugh all you like, but starting off my day with these statements, has really helped me stay motivated and it does seem like things are getting better.
That’s where Dotty About Paper – www.dottyaboutpaper.co.uk – comes in.
Since moving to Manchester, I haven’t really had a chance to decorate but having pretty prints and positive messages around really brighten up the place. It is a reminder of how good I actually have it.
At first, I was a little worried about marking my white walls by hanging things up but discovered these wall hanging strips. Trust me, they’re magic (and quite cheap!).
They’ve got a huge selection of designs on their website, it was so hard to choose. These make perfect presents for friends in need of a pick-me-up or a little treat for yourself.
I picked the Girl Boss print because that’s what I aspire to be every day… a BOSS. And the second, Good Vibes Only, because I want my home to be a negative-free space.
The white frame and pastel pink go perfectly with all my girly ornaments and stationery, whereas the gold and black give a much bolder look.
The prints come in different sizes and you can choose the style of frame you want. If you already have an old frame lying around, you can buy the print on its own.
Dotty About Paper also sell beautiful stationery and cards (the clue’s in the name!) and have free delivery UK Delivery and free samples for you to try yourself.
To find out more, visit their website here.