Positivity has become a powerful movement as today’s busy people look for ways to be more happy, successful and present in an increasingly chaotic world
In the hustle and bustle of today’s busy lives, it can seem impossible to keep yourself in a good headspace. The increased pace of schedules, work, and the unending “to do” list can bury you in what you ‘should’ be doing which puts a stop to the positivity that would make these tasks more enjoyable.
Positivity has many great benefits: happier relationships (at work and elsewhere), an increased belief in yourself to achieve goals, and a healthier lifestyle.
To help you create more positivity in your life, here is a collection of the most effective tips and tricks to implement a more positive state of mind into your life. Using these tips on a daily basis can help you rewire your brain by locating negative thought patterns and then working to change them.
Greet The Day With Positivity
A positive mindset is easier to implement if you make it a daily habit that starts first thing in the morning. This routine can vary between person to person since you determine your own reality. Begin with positive affirmations that are easy to include in your morning ritual, such as “today will be the best day yet” or something similar that speaks to you. We are creatures of habit, so a morning ritual (no matter how small) can work to put you in your best mindset.
Good Vibes Only
Throughout your day, really make an effort to focus on the good things, whether they be large or small. Focusing on these instances can make a huge impact in helping to eliminate negative thoughts. Being able to see scenarios in a new light is the first step to feeling enlightened!
Laughter Is The Best Medicine
The age-old adage “laughter is the best medicine” actually rings true when you’re trying to establish more positivity in your life. It is incredibly refreshing and freeing to just be able to laugh at yourself, at a joke, or with friends. Laughing helps to reset your brain and see a situation in a more positive light.
The Past Is The Past
In the Disney classic, The Lion King, Rafiki had it right: “It is in the past.” Learn from your past experiences, memories, and mistakes… and then leave them in the past. The more you insist on carrying your past around with you, the more it will affect you. Often, the things of the past that we focus on the most are not positive, so reliving them drains your energy and takes away from your ability to harbor positivity.
How You Talk To Yourself Matters
You wouldn’t speak to someone you love using phrases like “you aren’t good enough,” “they hate you” or “that should have been done better.” Why, then, do we think it is okay to speak to ourselves like this? Incorporating positive self-talk into your day helps to instill confidence and build self-worth. By transforming these negative statements into positive ones, you are working to break the pattern of negative thought. This ‘rewiring’ can help you to love yourself and your body for exactly what they are, in this moment.
The Present Is All that Is Promised
Throughout your day, work to stay ‘in the present’. Focusing completely on tasks, conversations, and events that are happening now can lead to increased positivity. Regardless of how boring or mindless the task, work to keep it at the forefront of your mind. This helps to detract from worries, and increase the happiness derived from daily happenings.
Keep Your Circle Close
Positive people are the people you want to be with, so work to include upbeat, solution-orientated people into your life. These people will rub off on you, helping to increase your happiness and ability to overcome negative thoughts. Working with others to overcome negativity in the workplace, or in any place, is a good way to stretch your positivity muscle. If you are struggling to find some of these people, BE one of these people.
Work It Out
Exercise releases ‘happy hormones’, known as endorphins. Moving your body and focusing on your current activity can immensely help you because when your mind is quiet and your body is busy, you are more likely to be productive and successful. It’s also important to recharge your batteries with a stay-cation, a true vacation, or even just a day to yourself. Besides these self-care tips, try going on a diet — but not a food diet!
Try a negativity diet! This will help you eliminate negative people, thoughts, and situations from your life.
Seek Out Motivation
On your positivity journey, include books, podcasts, and television into your life, as well as motivational speakers. Often, these leaders of the positivity movement create books and other resources to help increase their viewer’s ability to achieve success. It may be worth researching a speaker that resonates with you and investigating their resources or upcoming events.
Just Say NO
As you embark to add more positivity into your life, it is important to make use of the word NO to everything that does not leave you time to care for yourself. Working at being positive can be easy, but sometimes it can be a job. Saying yes to negative tasks or people can hugely impact your ability to be positive. Keep in mind that saying “No” doesn’t have to be hurtful or rude, just firm. Creating your personal boundaries will help to set a positive tone for your mind — the first step in adding more positivity into your life!
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