Whether you think you can or think you cant, you’re right.
- Find the optimistic viewpoint in “negative” situations.
I’m a firm believer in everything in life happens not “to” you but “for” you. The reason that twenty dollar bill fell out your back pocket was because someone needed it more than you did. That driver in front of you that’s driving super slow and making you run late to work is there to protect you from the car accident about to happen about 5 mins before you get there. Simply shifting your thinking process allows you to be more grateful for all those “negative” things happening for you, which in turn makes it a more positive situation.
2. Live in a positive environment
Living in a positive environment is absolutely vital to having a positive life. You’re unable to think clearly in a loud, crowded environment where you’re unable to even relax. The first step to making your environment a positive one is declutter! Get rid of all the unnecessary items you don’t need or use that’s taking up space. Once your home is clean you’ll be able to see what you’re working with and be able to think clearly. Light some candles, get a plant or two and enjoy the peace and quiet!
3. Add Value and Positivity to Someone Else’s Life
By adding positivity and value to someone else’s life not only does it make them feel good, but it makes you feel good as well. Everything we put out into the universe comes back to us. Always! Help someone by being a listening ear, devoting your time to help them with a project or doing something nice and unexpected for them. Boost their mood, smile, give hugs (when appropriate) play uplifting music when they’re around or even just watch an uplifting movie together. Whatever you choose to do just make sure it’s positive activity.
4. Practice gratitude.
Practicing gratitude is definitely a way to fast track to a positive life. Keep a gratitude journal and write in it when you first wake up or before bed. Write down 5 things daily that you are grateful for and at the end of the week go over it and see how many reasons you have to smile! Family, friends, children, your source of income and health are just to name a few.
5. Surround yourself with positive people.
Take note of the top 3 people you spend the most time with. Are they happy and positive individuals or are they constantly complaining about their spouse, job, children, money etc… Whether you’re aware of it or not, all of their negativity is rubbing off on you subconsciously. Next, you’ll start to complain or be in a mood for no reason in particular. “Who you surround yourself with, you’ll become”.
6. Start the day in a positive way
Did you know, how you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day? Start your day off on a positive note by waking up and meditating or writing in your gratitude journal. Play positive music or listen to a podcast or audio book. Wake up early so you’re not rushing out the house. Rushing puts you in a bad mood because you’re putting unncessary stress on yourself. More than likely you’ll probably forget something as well and it will all just go downhill from there and you’ll take that same energy to work with you.
7. Be mindful throughout the day
Throughout your day take moments where you become present and are aware of everything going on around you. How do you currently feel? Why? If you can, take a step outside and breathe in the fresh air. Take a look at the trees or flowers and smile. For a moment forget about what’s going on in your day and just be. Take a moment to reconnect with yourself.
8. Replace your negative thoughts with positive ones.
Stop worrying and stay present. Every time you venture off on a negative path, get back on track. When you think “ I’m so tired of work and I will be glad when I get off” change that thought to “I’m so grateful to be employed and have the opportunity to interact with different people”.
9. Listen to music that puts you in a good mood.
Don’t put on a song that was on the radio when your ex walked out of your life and never turned back. Put on something upbeat that’s going to keep you pumped and in a good mood. Try different genres such as jazz, classical or something that’s calming or neutral. Try playing white noise or ocean waves when you go to sleep. Music with harsh words or that trigger you are detrimental to your positivity.
Periodically throughout the day just smile. While you’re driving alone in the car, walking through the grocery store or even smile at people you pass in public. You’ll be surprised who returns your smile!