Editor’s Notes: The No-Negativity Diet

Winter is always a tiny bit easier with a splash of bright colours and a smile.

January is upon us and with it, a general want and need to detox.  Everyone’s talking about it – magazines, TV, the web. The world seems obsessed with driving toxins out of our bodies at any price.

While a detox may work wonders for your skin, body and overall health (it may also do some damage: consult your doctor before embarking on any health-related process), I think we’re losing sight of one important part of ourselves that also needs detoxing: our minds.

All through the year, we’re bombarded with negativity. Turning on the news or reading the paper is like some sort of a backwards antidepressant: most of the time I try to find out what’s going on in the world, I feel like crying before I’m halfway through.  I’m not advocating keeping your eyes shut to what’s going on in the world – I’m only questioning how healthy it is to stay immersed in despair and gloom all day long.

Our relations are also widely affected by the negativity that’s absorbed into our system on a daily basis: we get irritated about little things, badmouth people we don’t really know and use the internet to constantly sweat the small stuff. And when we’re not critiquing others, we turn our inner Mean Girl on ourselves: I’m too fat/skinny, not good enough at my job, still single…sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so.

I’m not saying I’m a saint: I’m usually the first to moan on Twitter whenever something truly devastating happens – like if my District line train is late. And I have been known to be anything but kind on certain bloggers and singers. And when it comes to myself, I’m even quicker to find faults: my thighs are big, my skin’s too pale, my writing’s not good enough, I live in an ugly flat, I can’t make a decision…the list is long and frankly rather off-putting.

This is why I’m quite entertained by the idea of a no-negativity detox. No juicing required.

Go on, I dare you – for one week out of your life, try to limit your negative thinking to a minimum. Challenge your thoughts. Choose to find your colleague’s outfit interesting rather than ugly. See the beauty in those unwashed dishes in the sink (you had so much fun at dinner last night that you forgot to do them) and the rainy weather (the perfect excuse to buy a pair of Hunters). Make an effort to talk to that “annoying” girl at the gym and find out more about her.  Have the courage to believe that that job interview will go well. Have the audacity to wake up happy on a grey Tuesday morning.

You might find that you enjoy that one week so much you’ll turn it into a month.  Positive thinking does us good – science agrees with me on this – and I don’t think anyone, Law of Attraction-believers or not, will argue with the fact that you’re more likely to be happy and successful with a positive attitude than with a gloom and doom outlook.

But negativity is everywhere, you say. Yes, undoubtedly. But so is joy. Take a look at Positively Positive or Huffington Post Good News  to discover that amazing things happen every day. And while you do have every right to be mad about Starbucks giving you a regular, boring old latte instead of your Vanilla Mocha, I’d like to encourage you to put the same energy into smiling at the fact that it stopped raining at the exact moment you left the office. If we just put the same amount of time and effort into cultivating our positive impulses as we do the negative ones, the world would, IMHO, be a much happier place.

As for me, the next time the District line is late, I’m going to see it as an extra opportunity to hang out and read my book. You know that saying: you catch more flies with honey…or, if you’re vegan, with agave syrup.

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Sascha Camilli

Founder and Editor

A passionate changemaker, Sascha Camilli is the founder and editor-in-chief of Vilda Magazine. Born in Moscow and raised in Stockholm, she has also lived in Los Angeles, London, Milan and Florence, before landing in her current hometown of Brighton, UK. She was selected as one of GLAMOUR UK's Most Empowering Nu-Gen Activists and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of vegan fashion and material innovation. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books.

  1. Nice thinking Sasha – I started that the other day in my yoga class. While I was waiting for class to start I realized I was looking around the room bitching about people in my mind. Yup, just before my yoga class I was extra bitchy! And then I thought maybe I can just have one nice thought for each person. And also acknowledge when mean thoughts come from secret envy. So on I went instead of ‘why does she need to show off with a perfect headstand before class has even started?!’ to ‘wow, she does an awesome headstand!’. Works wonders 🙂

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