My favorite positive-sounding words in alphabetical order:
So, once you have a list like this, what do you do with it? I try to use one of these words every day for a whole month. (Sometimes people catch me. Other times I can slip it in a conversation and nobody knows my secret.) If I manage to go even a week with one of these words each day, I feel successful. It definitely changes my view of things if I’m actively looking for the positive. The added bonus is if I manage to cheer up someone else.
If I don’t notice people cheering up around me, it seems like it might be worth it to try using two or more of the same positive-sounding words in a conversation. For instance, I have some people I meet regularly and they have a habit of pessimism. Their first words to me are often about the weather, and their first words to me are complaints. If I don’t practice my own optimism, I can get dragged down into their pessimistic view. The weather isn’t always bad, but some people see it that way. So when they complain about rain, I return with: “Isn’t it gorgeous when the grass is so healthy and green?” Or, “I feel like the rain is energizing me today.”
That last one, energizing, is one of my favorites because it also reminds me of Star Trek. If the pessimists don’t change, won’t smile, won’t even acknowledge the optimistic side of things, then I think, “No chance for this planet—beam me up, Scotty.” And then of course Scotty would say, “Energize.” And we’d all zip off to find a wonderful planet where people can appreciate what they have.
I could be the alien on another planet, expressing my xenosthesia to them through positive words. Positive words dominate the universe.