Pooh Bear. He’s so jolly, right? My two children are young and impressionable. They love this series written by A. A. Milne. This anthropomorphic teddy bear, Winnie-the-Pooh, has a group of buddies: Piglet, Roo, Rabbit, and or course Eeyore and Tigger.
Tigger is the happy and encouraging tiger who jumps around, while Eeyore is the negative little donkey who drags people down. Tigger is encouraging and lively. People want to be around him. Eeyore is boring and easily avoidable.
My kids go into the Disney Store on occasion. We have to repeatedly tell them we will not buy them another Tigger stuffed animal. They want to be around the bubbly and positive little Tiger. They never, however, ask for an Eeyore stuffed animal. Really, they just don’t want anything to do with Eeyore.
People don’t like negative clouds of sadness around them. They want encouraging people in their inner circle. A recent New York Times article shows this desire from people.
So how do you become a Tigger and not an Eeyore? Here are five ways to make it happen . . .
- Surround yourself with positive people.
We all know someone who drains us. We’re related to these people. We work with them. When it comes to those around whom you surround yourself, try to make that circle one that is filled with more positive people.
- Curtail your social media obsessions.
Social media makes you more negative. This is a psychological fact. If you cut back your social media usage, it will make you more positive.
- Memorize and repeatedly quote Proverbs 17:22.
This verse says, A joyful spirit is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
- Eliminate or decrease negative influences in your life.
You can’t control what others do, but you can control what you do. If there is a really negative person in your life, give them less time. Your focus doesn’t need it.
- Intentionally speak words of affirmation over your loved ones day after day.
Write a letter, email, or text to someone today and just tell someone of your care, concern, and love for them. When you see someone, tell them, “Something I really appreciate about you is ____.” People love this. It encourages them.
In conclusion, at the time of this writing, it is just one week after my staff team and I had our annual “Staff Advance.” As we concluded our two-day time of planning, praying, and playing, I went around the circle and told every staff member (in front of the rest of the staff) some key things for which I am thankful from them.
In our days following the staff advance, multiple staff members have come to me with smiles on their faces or tears in their eyes expressing how much the simple sentences meant to them. It has changed our team.
The wonderful thing about being a Tigger is that you don’t have to be the only one.