Being positive is a great way to being happy. Studies suggest having a positive mindset can boost your overall health and wellbeing. There are also suggestions that being an optimist helps to bring about only positive influences in your life. I have no way of verifying the validity of these statements but one thing for sure having a positive mindset feels good and it makes the bad seem less bad and I am all for that. So, here are some tips on adopting a positive mental attitude:
1. Don’t Lose Perspective
We all have to go through some bad days, some heart break and some grievances in life. It may not be your day today but don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. When you find yourself going through a hard time, remind yourself that in a year’s time, this won’t matter anymore; you will be in another stage in your life where you will have different priorities. And everything is going to be okay. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
2. Be Grateful:
Practice gratitude. Make note of all that is good in your life. It’s good to have goals and ambitions but until you get to where you want to, be sure to appreciate what you currently have in your life- it’s probably more than what others have and possibly more than what you used to have. Be grateful for the people you have in your life. Be grateful for all the experiences you’ve had and will have in life.
3. Don’t Waste Time on Negativity
Stop holding onto grudges and the thought of taking revenge on anyone who’s ever wronged you. Don’t spend your time on people and things that are not benefitting you but are harming you. The more time you spend thinking negative thoughts on others, the more power you are giving them. Instead, spend this time and energy on being a more productive you.
4. Find Opportunities in Difficult Times
You cannot always in control of your circumstances but you are in control of yourself and the way you react to things. When you find yourself in a difficult position, try and see if there is any way you can gain from it. Is there an opportunity there that you are missing? Be objective and think strategically.
5. Forgive Yourself
You’re human and you are bound to make some mistakes. Always listen to your heart and follow your instincts. And if you make mistakes, forgive yourself. Know it is okay to make mistakes sometimes and that you are not alone. Everyone has made a mistake or two in their lives and it’s all going to be okay.
6. Don’t Overanalyse
Don’t waste your time over analysing a situation. Sometimes things happen that are outside of our control and there is nothing that can be done about this. In some situations, you can learn something. In others, you can torture yourself. Analyse situations only to learn from them and not to torture yourself.
7. Express Yourself:
If you’re hurt, angry, upset, disappointed, express yourself. If you have friends or family that you trust, confide in them. If you feel alone, use a journal. Write out how you feel and make a point never to look at what you have written. The point is to just release the pent-up, overwhelming emotions you are feeling.
8. Take Care of Yourself:
Eat well, drink enough water, exercise and get enough rest. This may not solve all of life’s problems but it gives you a good head start. When you are taking care of yourself, you are being productive and that helps to feel rejuvenated and boosts your positivity.
9. Make Time for Hobbies
Make time for what you enjoy; be it fishing, knitting, shopping or going for long drives. Having a hobby that you are passionate about is a great stress-reliever. It is also a great way to strengthen the brain and improve its functions. Hobbies also give you a sense of purpose when you’re having some down time. And all that contributes to adopting a positive mindset.
10. Socialise More
Socialising is fun. And it also has some great health benefits. Socialising with friends can improve your immune system, lower your chances of depression and lower the risks of dementia. Studies have also shown there is a correlation between socialising and longevity of life. So, what are you waiting for….get out and socialise you sociable butterfly!