Would you like to be a more positive person? Do you sometimes struggle to see the bright side of life? Being a positive person comes almost naturally to some people while the rest of us have to make a conscious effort to improve this wonderful trait.
By choosing to be a more positive person, you will change how you see the world and it will also help you to become the person that you wish to be. Try the following 8 easy steps below to help you be more positive and start to see how wonderful life really is.
1. Use a Journal
If you are not using a journal every morning, I highly recommend that you start this powerful positive habit. Writing your thoughts, ideas, goals, troubles and achievements down on paper is a great way to start each day. Rather than a million things flying around inside of your head at once, using a journal allows you to put it down on black and white and celebrate your achievements and also take action on what might be troubling you.
2. Set Exciting Goals
Have a list of exciting short, medium and long-term goals written in your journal that you can read every day. Make the positive habit to read your goals first thing every morning instead of reading the never-ending negative news from news channels that bombard us each day. Your goals should both excite you and inspire you to take action every day to achieve them. Once you start achieving your goals you will feel more positive about yourself and more inspired to reach your next goal.
A few minutes of meditation every morning is a great way to clear your head from all the noise of the world around you. In the past I have found meditating quite difficult. It was not until recently when I started using a Tibetan singing bowl that I was able to totally relax, focus on my breathing and clear my head of a million thoughts. If you find it difficult to meditate, you can perhaps use a guided meditation to help you relax. You can find many guided meditations on YouTube or on the wonderful free smartphone App ‘Insight Timer’. Meditation is not only a positive daily habit, it is also great for your mental state; studies have proven that meditation can help to reduce depression symptoms and anxiety.
4. Show More Gratitude
We have so much to be thankful and grateful for. The roof over our heads, the food on our table, our heath, our family, our friends and so much more. I use the Five Minute Journal every morning to remind me to write down three things that I am grateful for each day. Showing gratitude and appreciating life and the world around us is a wonderful way to start feeling more positive and indeed blessed. It is also helpful to be grateful for the little things in life so that you will learn not to take the great things in your life for granted.
5. Say Positive Affirmations
I like to say two or three positive affirmations as a part of my morning ritual. Saying a few affirmations every morning is a powerful way to positively reprogram your brain. I totally believe that some of the most important conversations that we can have are the ones we have with our self. Pick two or three affirmations that totally resonate with you and say them out loud in front of the mirror in the morning. It might seem a bit unusual at first, but trust me, it is a wonderful way to start your day.
6. Be More Optimistic
Are you generally a positive person? Are you the glass is half full or half empty type? Having a more positive outlook on life is a wonderful trait to possess. Sure, there are times when life will throw some curve balls at you and really test you to feel positive about life. Make a conscious effort to banish your inner cynic and instead trade it for a more positive upbeat attitude, it will change the way that you see the world around you. Being more optimistic will also change how you will look to other people around you.
7. Get More Active
When you start exercising you release serotonin in the brain, which is a wonderful way of boosting your mood. Also, when you start to exercise you will start to feel better about yourself. Coupled with a balanced diet you, will have more energy than ever before. When you start feeling and looking better you will start feeling more positive about yourself. Try exercising a few times a week. If you struggle to exercise, perhaps try something different, Yoga and Pilates are wonderful ways to improve how you look and feel and are easy on the joints.
8. Surround Yourself With Positive People
“You are the average of the five people you spend most of your time with” – Jim Rohn
Once you surround yourself with positive people, their attitude and outlook on life will be infectious. Try to avoid or limit the amount of time that you spend with negative/toxic people, as these people will drain you of energy and they can leave you feeling tired and exhausted.
By becoming a more positive person yourself, you will find yourself being attracted by other positive people. Avoid the gossips in the office and instead seek out others who want to help and see other people do well. Maybe it is time to take a look at the people that are around you and spend more time with people who will have a positive influence on your life.
I hope that you make the positive decision to incorporate as many of the above tips as possible into your life. Once you make the choice and take action to become a more positive person, it wont be long before you will start feeling better about yourself and the world around you.