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I’m a highly sensitive person and I have pretty strong emotions. It’s super easy for me to pick up on other people’s emotions too, and start feeling them myself. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to me to try and work on keeping up my own positivity.
I have to point out what I always feel the need to point out: being a more positive person doesn’t mean that you ignore the negative realities of life. That’s the most common complaint I hear about the power of positivity.
Trying to be more positive is about feeling negative emotions, seeing the bad in life, and choosing to look on the bright side. Choosing to fix your problems instead of complaining about them. Choosing to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.
Why wouldn’t you want to be more positive? Plus, there are so many benefits to being a more positive person.
Here are some of the ways that being more positive can benefit your life:
- It can improve your mental and physical health.
- It can help you be more resilient.
- It can boost your confidence and self-esteem.
- It can improve your relationships with others and yourself.
- It can lead to other healthy habits.
- It can make you more focused and productive.
- It can attract more positivity into your life.
These are all benefits that I’ve personally experienced since I chose to practice being more positive. It makes life more enjoyable. The power of positivity is real, I’m telling you.
I honestly feel like SO much stuff in my life has improved since I’ve changed my perspective and outlook on life. But, as with so many things, it took a lot of conscious effort and practice. You can’t just flip a switch and become a more positive person. Remember that we’re only human and there are going to be times where we’re just going to feel negative. But there are definitely ways you can work on it and make things easier.
Here are some tips on how to become a more positive person!
Remember that positivity is a choice.
I see so many people say that they just “can’t” be positive because of various reasons, but I don’t believe it. Being positive is a choice. Being negative is a choice. I can tell you stories of people I’ve known who were going through horrible things with a smile on their face. People like this prove that positivity is a choice. If it weren’t, the hard times we go through would ruin all of us and no one would be happy. Remember, sometimes bad things happen and it’s up to us to choose how we deal with it.Sometimes bad things happen and it's up to us to choose how we deal with it. Here are a few tips to help you become a more positive person! Click To Tweet
Feel your feelings, then let them go.
Negativity is a part of life and we all feel negative feelings every now and then – that’s normal and healthy. But it’s important not to let those feelings keep us down. If you’re feeling upset about something, notice your emotions and allow yourself to feel them, but then let them go. Try to find a way to fix whatever is causing them or let go if it’s out of your control. One of the biggest things that makes it hard to stay positive is that we let negative emotions control us when we need to find ways to let them go.
Start your day on a positive note.
Waking up to something positive can really set the tone for your day. So, make sure that you’re starting your day in a positive way! This could mean making sure that you start your day with a good cup of coffee, start an exercise routine, wake up earlier to read a chapter of a book, or whatever else makes you feel happy. Creating a morning routine is a good idea, too.
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Spend less time on social media.
It’s no secret that social media can make us feel more negative about our lives, ourselves, other people, and pretty much anything. There are studies out there that link social media use to anxiety, depression, and jealousy. Don’t get me wrong, social media can have a positive effect on us, but cutting back on the time we spend on it can do a lot to help us feel more positive. If you don’t want to get rid of social media altogether, you can give yourself a time limit each day, unplug a few times a week, or delete a few apps off of your phone. You’ll feel much happier!
Write out your thoughts and emotions.
Keeping a journal helps me so much when I’m in need of a mood boost. If you don’t want to keep a journal, using a regular piece of paper can work too. If you’re feeling upset about something, write it out. Write down your worries, your fears, your thoughts, your problems. Not only will it help to let it all out, but it can also help you change your perspective and even work out solutions. This can help you clear your mind and feel more positive.
Always stay grateful.
This one may seem obvious but it’s so SO important. When you’re constantly focused on what you’re lacking, on what bothers you about your life, and what other people have, you start to take everything good for granted. This is asking for negative feelings. If you want to be more positive, start thinking about all that you’re thankful for. If you have a roof over your head and food to eat, you already have more than so many other people do – don’t forget that. One of my favorite books is Thank & Grow Rich and
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Fix what you don’t like.
If there’s something in your life that really bothers you or brings you down, fix it. I know some problems aren’t easy to fix, but so many of them ARE fixable. If you hate your job, try looking for a new one. If you want more time for yourself, find ways to make it happen. Along the same lines, don’t put off dealing with your problems. Deal with them as soon as you can and make sure they don’t become even bigger issues!
Spread positivity to others.
Being rude to people, judging others to harshly, and just being mean in general makes me feel bad. When I’m in a bad mood and take it out on someone else, it just makes me feel worse. On the flip side, being kind and spreading positivity to others genuinely makes me happy. And I’m sure that this is true for everyone to some degree! Doing things for others, paying it forward, and treating everyone with respect can make you feel so much more positive about life!
Take care of your body.
Our health plays an important role in how we feel both physically and mentally. You hear it all the time, but it’s true. Taking care of your body can help you feel more positive, relieve stress, help you think clearer, and it can even have a positive impact on your mental health. So make sure that you’re getting enough exercise, eating healthy foods, and getting the right amount of sleep!
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Take care of your mind.
An important part of being more positive is taking care of your mind. By this, I mostly mean making sure that you’re not feeding your mind too much negativity. Be careful what you’re spending time reading and doing, and who you’re spending your time with. If you’re constantly spending your time on things that make you feel bad, it’s hard to be positive!
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Set and work toward goals.
I’ve said many times that setting goals was probably the most important thing I’ve done in terms of improving myself and feeling more positive. I used to feel stagnant and direction-less, but goals helped me feel more confident and driven. I’ve talked so much about goals here on TIL and you can find tons of posts about them right here!
Live in the moment.
This is something that I probably had the most trouble with! I was so focused on both hurt from my past and fear of the future, and it really took away from my happiness in the present moment. But you can’t change the past and you can’t predict the future, so this is just a waste of time. Instead, focus on the present moment and what you can do to improve your life NOW. Be more mindful. You’ll feel way less stressed and way more positive!
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Have hobbies and passions.
Having activities that we love doing or things that we’re passionate about is so important! Yet I know so many people that seem to have no interests and nothing that lights them up. If that’s you, find something that you enjoy doing and spend time on it. When you really get into something, it gives your life more meaning and helps you enjoy it more.
Simplify your life.
Clutter and excess can make your brain feel cluttered and messy. A cleaner home, a more simplified routine, fewer possessions – these can all help us feel more free and happy. Simplifying your life can also help you to live a more intentional life. All of these things will give us a more positive outlook on life. So, find ways to simplify your life and be more intentional about your possessions and your time.
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