GET QUALITY SLEEP
Stress and sleep go hand in hand. The amount of sleep you get has a great effect on your mood patterns. If you do not get the required amount of sleep, it takes a toll on your body and mind. Your stress levels will be magnified, and your moods will be affected, eventually so will be your day. Try to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep daily to get a new head start to a new day.
The more refreshed you feel, the productive your day will turn out to be. Lack of sleep can also affect your physical and mental health. Try to get a good night’s sleep to be positive and improve the quality of your life.
Here are the 6 power-packed character traits you will develop when you choose to be positive.
Character trait 1: Decisiveness
Character trait 2: Courage
Character trait 3: Responsibility
Character trait 4: Persistence
Character trait 5: Solution-focused
Character trait 6: Adaptability
12 things you can do to improve your well-being. These 12 activities include:
1. Being kind to yourself
2. Exercise regularly
3. Take up a hobby and/or learn a new skill
4. Have some fun and/or be creative
5. Help others
7. Eat healthily
8. Balance sleep
9. Connect with others
10. Beware drink and drugs
11. See the bigger picture
12. Accepting: “It is as it is”
A few activities to build positive mindset skills such as
1. Listen to upbeat music.
2. Travel, even if it’s not very far—the point is to interact with different people and get to know other cultures.
3. Eat healthy foods.
4. Be thankful and cultivate gratitude.
5. Journal and/or use a notebook to write things down—especially positive things.
6. Breathe mindfully and deeply.
7. Use positive words and avoid phrases like “I can’t” and “I won’t.”
8. Practice positive affirmations or mantras.
9. Try the Best Possible Self exercise (imagine yourself in your best possible future, and write about it).
10. Volunteer and commit your time and efforts to helping others.
11. Take control of the things you can, and accept the things you can’t.
12. Remind yourself “Never a failure, always a lesson;” make every failure a learning opportunity.
13. Try the mirror technique—say something positive about yourself (and truly mean it) every time you see yourself in the mirror.
14. Socialize and spend time with others, including family, friends, your spouse or significant other, and new friends or acquaintances.
1. Listen to your favorite music—it’s that easy! Music has a fairly unique ability to put you in a positive state of mind.
2. Express your thankfulness and gratitude for all the good things in your life. Appreciate them, and write them down to help you remember.
3. Remember to breathe. Breathe deeply, slowly, and mindfully to transport your mind to a positive, calm place.
4. Don’t live according to a label—labels come from others, not from yourself, and you are so much more than a simple label could ever represent.
5. Check your internal dialogue, and challenge that critical inner voice to make room for happiness.
6. Engage in positive activities like meditation, yoga, hiking, or whatever other activity you enjoy.
7. Take back control of the things you can change—and put in the effort required to actually change—but learn to accept the things you cannot change.
8. Go easy on yourself. Don’t kick yourself when you’re down; everyone fails, and it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough.
9. Pay attention to your diet, and ensure that you eat healthy food that will contribute to a healthy and positive mind.
10 Embrace change—it’s happening whether we want it to or not, so it’s best to embrace it. Make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone.
11 techniques from Dr. Tchiki Davis (2018) can also help you adopt a more positive attitude:
1. Ask yourself, “Do I think positively?” Take a test or quiz on positivity to see where you stand.
2. Strengthen your memory for positive information by using positive words more often.
3. Strengthen your brain’s ability to work with positive information with exercises that involve positive words.
4. Strengthen your brain’s ability to pay attention to the positive by routinely redirecting your focus away from the negative to the positive.
5. Condition yourself to experience random moments of positivity (use classical conditioning on yourself to build positive associations).
6. Think positive—but not too much—and think negative when you need to; sometimes we need to grieve, think about the negative consequences, and use negative emotions to motivate and engage us.
7. Practice gratitude (perhaps with a gratitude journal).
8. Savor the good moments (stop to “smell the roses” and celebrate the positive).
9. Generate positive emotions by watching funny videos
10. Stop minimizing your successes and acknowledge the efforts you put in.
11. Stop all-or-nothing thinking; this cognitive distortion is not in line with reality since things are very rarely “all good” or “all bad.”
Try these 10 suggestions from Megan Wycklendt (2014) of Fulfillment Daily:
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
2. Reframe your challenges as opportunities for growth.
3. Get good at being rejected—it happens to everyone!
4. Use positive words to describe your life.
5. Replace have with get (e.g., I have to go to work → I get to go to work).
6. Don’t let yourself get dragged down into other people’s complaints.
7. Breathe—consciously, purposefully, and mindfully.
8. Notice the righteous and good in times of tragedy and violence.
9. Have solutions ready when you point out problems.
10. Make someone else smile.
A successful author, speaker, and coach Brian Tracy positive attitude tips are:
Larry Alton from Success.com lists 7 practical tips to help you get more positive:
1. Start the day with positive affirmations (scroll down to see some example affirmations).
2. Focus on the good things, however small they are.
3. Find humor in bad situations.
4. Turn failures into lessons—and learn from them!
5. Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
6. Focus on the present instead of getting mired in the past or losing your way in the future.
7. Find positive friends, mentors, and co-workers to support and encourage you (2018).
For example, positive attitudes can include:
It is looking adversity in the eye… and laughing.
Getting what you get, and not pitching a fit.
Enjoying the unexpected, even when it’s not what you wanted originally.
Motivating those around you with a positive word.
Using the power of a smile to reverse the tone of a situation.
Being friendly to those you don’t know.
It’s getting back up when you fall down. (No matter how many times you fall down.)
Being a source of energy that lifts those around you.
Understanding that relationships are more important than material things.
Being happy even when you have little.
Having a good time even when you are losing.
Being happy for someone else’s success.
Having a positive future vision, no matter how bad your current circumstances.
Paying a compliment, even to a total stranger.
Tell someone you know that they did a great job. (And mean it.)
Making someone’s day. (Not just a child’s… adult’s like to have their day be special, too!)
It’s not complaining no matter how unfair things appear to be. (It is a waste of time… instead, do something!)
Not letting other people’s negativity bring you down.
Giving more than you expect to get in return.
Being true to yourself… always (Jarrow, 2012).
There are many traits and characteristics associated with a positive mindset, including:
Optimism: a willingness to make an effort and take a chance instead of assuming your efforts won’t pay off.
Acceptance: acknowledging that things don’t always turn out how you want them to, but learning from your mistakes.
Resilience: bouncing back from adversity, disappointment, and failure instead of giving up.
Gratitude: actively, continuously appreciating the good things in your life (Blank, 2017).
Consciousness/Mindfulness: dedicating the mind to conscious awareness and enhancing the ability to focus.
Integrity: the trait of being honorable, righteous, and straightforward, instead of deceitful and self-serving (Power of Positivity, n.d.).
Not only are these characteristics of a positive mindset, but they may also work in the other direction—actively adopting optimism, acceptance, resilience, gratitude, mindfulness, and integrity in your life will help you develop and maintain a positive mindset.
Your thought process has a lot to do with the quality of your life. Positivity is a trait that builds over time. Nothing is impossible to achieve. All it takes is some determination and patience to turn your life upside down. Giving advice is pretty simple, but working towards it can be quite tough. Whatever be the circumstances, learn never to give up.
Constantly seek to find positive things in every situation. Know what your values and what is really worth in your life. Each one of us has values, but we seldom recognize them. Being positive can change the way you look at life. Only you have the power to alter your life. Work on these traits to build a better and happy life. Every day, concentrate on what you have rather than what you lost. Positivity is a personal choice, and it has to come from within.
Being optimistic is the key to a happy and content life. Positivity is a state of mind and it all comes down to your perspective about every situation.
Working out or exercising can have a great impact on our bodies and minds. A great way to stay positive is trying to be fit and healthy. Regular workouts or exercise is known to boost your mood, releases endorphins to help you feel better and makes your day overall productive.
Some benefits of exercising are they reduce stress. They help you sleep better, improves memory, and eliminates signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression. Work out a routine plan and follow it religiously. You can also go for long walks to make you feel better and stay positive.
The more you help others, the happier and content you feel. These small acts of kindness can make you feel positive and comfortable. Buy someone chocolates, buy a stranger a cup of coffee, donate clothes or money, any such small acts that may go a long way in helping you internally.
Being compassionate never costs anything. The smile on their faces will fill your hearts with love. Learn the art of positivity to improve your life.
Surround yourself with positive people
Your company or friends, the family influence your mind, thought process, and life. If you are constantly around negative people, you will be sucked into their world of negativity. Instead, surround yourself with people who are positive and those who bring you up.
Take a close look at the people you mingle with. We may not have the liberty to choose the company at our workplace, but outside of that, we can try to build a team of positive people. Stay away from people who are constantly negative or those who crib about every situation.
Be realistic about your emotions and try to wade through them like a warrior. Be active and keep yourself busy to keep your mind from wandering and brooding over unnecessary issues. It starts with you and ends with you. How you choose to respond to situations is all that matters.
EAT HEALTHY FOOD
Eating healthy food is not only great for your body, but they also have a tremendous effect on your mind. Food has the power to influence your mind in a lot of ways. For eg, start your day with a heavy and loaded breakfast. It is generally seen that when an individual is hungry, they tend to be more negative and cranky.
A recent study suggests eating breakfast improves one’s mind and provides a favorable amount of energy throughout the day. It also prevents fatigue, anxiety, and crankiness. Include healthy and nutritious food like oat, legumes, whole sprouts, fruits, vegetables, eggs, which provide a balanced diet.
SMILE MORE, LAUGH MORE OFTEN
It is said the more you smile, and the brain starts to think you are happy and shift you into a happy mode. Yes, it’s that easy to fool your brain. Practice smiling more.
Casually smile at a stranger and see how they respond. Your one smile can change someone’s day out there. It doesn’t require any investment to be happy.
Laugh from your heart to eliminate pain or any negative forces. Choose to be confident, positive, and carry a cheerful attitude and witness how the world changes in front of you. You have the power to be sunshine that will influence others. Laughter and smiles are infectious. They spread like a fire. Choose to be happy.
START YOUR DAY WITH A POSITIVE MIND
How you start your day decides the fate of your entire day. If you woke up grumpy, expect to have a difficult day ahead. Instead, try waking up counting your blessings and praying for all the good things in life. Negative emotion is carried around with every event you do. Hence, start your day being happy. This will result in having better days and, eventually, a happy life.
TURN FAILURES INTO LESSONS
It is quite practical for you to fail in certain attempts. Never consider them as failures. In fact, look at the bright side and take them up as a lesson. Nobody is perfect. Nobody shall ever be. We all have our own flaws and shortcomings. You are going to make mistakes and taste failure multiple times. Never let them get you.
Failures are a way of life. They teach you to get up with all might and try even harder. Every time you fail, try hard to reach success. Reason out, why did you fail? Where did you lag? Try to find explanations for these and move ahead. Think about how will you do the same task again.
Yes, we do. Our life depends on our choices and decisions. Every individual out there has a set of messages that keeps playing around in their heads. This personal conversation in our heads has a great effect on our minds, words, habits, actions, relationships, and, ultimately, our life. It is generally seen that the pattern of our mind talks is negative, which influences our thought process.
Life is never easy; we all face our own share of ups and downs. However, it is our perspective that helps us get out through the situations much stronger and happier. Build the power of positive thinking to help yourself.
A happy mind will always lead to a happy life. Positive thinking has many physical and mental benefits. A positive mindset is known to boost your confidence, improve your mood patterns, and also reduce the likelihood of depression, anxiety, or stress-related issues.
Healthy Mind is everything. It reflects who you are and will make sure you see so much good things around you. To put it, even more, simpler, let's just say
Good Mind and Good Health go hand in hand.
The more your mind is in peace the more productive you become.
A Healthy mind Forgives : It Forgives others and sometimes 'itself' too. Forgetting is secondary, but to Forgive is something that's never easy and that's what makes the mind more stronger and healthier.
You cannot be Right all the time: Accept when the wrong is pointed out to you. If your mind still feels "No, I'm Right" or "Gets defensive in accepting your mistakes" then retrospect yourself. Healthy Mind will take-in, understand and analyze the wrong it did and will look for solutions.
A good mind needs to let go of things: Sometimes things go out-of-control and there's nothing you could've done. So, Let it go. Guilt shadows the "next right thing" to be done.
To top it all, always remember this wonderful words:
I will never let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet - MK Gandhi
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong - MK Gandhi