Positive people are a breath of fresh air to be around. Their attitude towards life is contagious and encouraging, and the lack of complaining and negativity can be a stark contrast to so many individuals that we encounter during our daily routines.
So how do positive people maintain such a happy demeanor? No one else has the ability to control your feelings or your outlook except you, and there’s a few habits that you can engage in on a daily basis in order to focus on the good rather than the bad. Take a look below.
7 Habits To Be A More Positive Person
Have you ever heard people talk about vision boards? They’ll put their goals on this board, or even just simply list out them out. Creating a clear vision of what you want from life and how you’re going to achieve it is a great place to start with living a more positive life. It allows for your mind to find the steps towards achieving what you want and visualizing your future accomplishments. You’ll find yourself automatically becoming more aware of certain opportunities, events, and connections who can be helpful.
Be Kind To Others
It’s a rather remarkable thing that happens when you’re kind to others. That kindness spreads, one smile from you to a stranger can set off a series of nice gestures that can end up truly changing someone’s day for the better. Think about how you have felt when someone has smiled at you and said, “Have a good day!” or when you’ve let someone in front of you during traffic and they’ve waved back to you. Being kind, smiling, and making eye contact will not only make you feel more confident in yourself, but will also make others around you feel your positivity.
Don’t Speak Negatively
Most all of us have heard that saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” A wonderful life lesson many of us learned as kids from Disney’s Bambi. Sometimes we do need to vent, but keeping things positive and focusing on how you can change your situation and perception is a better use of that energy. Only you control your life and your future. You can’t expect those around you to make it what you want it to be. If your job isn’t your passion, then find a way to pursue your passion. Avoid the negativity and focus on the positive and good around you.
Laugh And Smile A Lot
Finding away to brighten the days of others around you will not only help those individuals, but it will also help you. Perhaps it’s sharing a funny video or meme from the internet, sharing a personal story that makes you happy, or geeking out over the latest episode of your favorite TV series with other fans. Laughter really is the best medicine!
Celebrate Family and Friends
Let those around you know how important they are to you. When life gets busy, sometimes it can be difficult to stay in touch with loved ones. However, making the time to be sure that they know how much they mean to you, will not only brighten their day – but it will also create stronger and more positive relationships in your life.
Focus on the positive things you do have, instead of what you don’t have. Slow down and truly register the good things around you. This will help you reduce stress and anxiety and feel better about yourself and your life. When focused on the negative, your body tends to release adrenalin and testosterone, and when you focus on the positive, your body releases oxytocin and acetylcholine – further de-stressing you. Count your blessings, even when things aren’t going well. Embrace gratitude, and you’ll find that you appreciate life just a little bit more.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Ever heard that saying: “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”? This relates to the law of averages, which is the theory that the result of any given situation will be the average of all outcomes. Spending time around negative people or people who aren’t happy with their lives (but also aren’t doing anything to change it) can rub off on you. The weight of negativity and unhappiness spreads just as easily as positivity and kindness, so surround yourself with positive people who know what they want in life and are willing to work tirelessly to achieve it. Switching one’s energy over to focusing on what you do want is a far better use of resources than spending that energy focusing on what you don’t want.
How do you stay positive? We’d love to hear your habits for keeping away negativity!
Emily Sprinkle, also known as Emma Loggins, is a designer, marketer, blogger, and speaker. She is the Editor-In-Chief for Women's Business Daily where she pulls from her experience as the CEO and Director of Strategy for Excite Creative Studios, where she specializes in web development, UI/UX design, social media marketing, and overall strategy for her clients.
Emily has also written for CNN, Autotrader, The Guardian, and is also the Editor-In-Chief for the geek lifestyle site FanBolt.com