Think Positive & Positive Things Will Happen
As they say, “Positive thinking can help you achieve the impossible!” Of course, there are several quotes you can locate on the benefits of positive thinking and positive attitudes, but that is my favorite! A positive attitude makes you happier, healthier, and more resilient; it not only improves your relationships with your partner and family but also your friends and everyone you meet; and as the quote says, it even increases your chances of success in any endeavor (achieve the impossible). I try to keep in mind that having a positive attitude also makes you more creative, which with my position in the Marketing and Advertising Industry, it definitely helps.
Keeping a negative attitude prevents you from fully enjoying your life and is contagious to those around you. We’ve all had those friends that show up at a party or event and exude misery…I know I don’t like to be around that for long, and I try my best to avoid being that person in return!
If you are finding yourself with more negativity sneaking up in your thoughts and it’s starting to affect you at work or with friends and family, maybe its time you make small adjustments to your daily life and mindset. When positive habits are formed, it will make you, and everyone you interact with, happier.
Here are 12 tips to help you turn a negative mindset to a positive with minimal effort that will certainly make you a happier, healthier, and more productive person.
- Start Your Morning With A Routine That Makes You Happy.
Whether it’s morning snuggles and kisses with your Puggles (which is my favorite), having coffee out on your balcony with the paper, a DEFINE BOUNCE class at D E F I N E, or meditation session at D E F I N E living, find what tends to kick off your day with a smile and keep it up!
- Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff.
Sometimes one single event, altercation, or issue can overshadow the enjoyable parts of our day. If we are aware, we can intentionally focus on the good to offset this imbalance. Keep perspective. We’ve all been at a Starbucks drive-thru line that seemed to take forever but it’s possible that someone was going through a horrible life-changing event, or maybe just everyone really needed coffee at the same time! It will all be alright!
- Be Grateful.
Think of 3-5 things that you are grateful for and take moments during the day to remind you of these things. Things I’m grateful for are my Puggles, Jake and Molly (which I mentioned earlier), amazing friends, good health, loving family, and my ability to not take myself so serious. Find what you are grateful for and do this for yourself.
- Reframe Challenges At Work Or In Life.
There are no dead ends, only temporary delay or wrong turns. Although we might try, there are very few things in life that we have complete control over. We should not let this define us or turn us into Negative Nancys. Have fun with challenges, embrace them, and use them as an opportunity for growth.
- Just Smile AND Use the Power of Humor.
I’m known for smiling, sometimes even in the hardest times of my life. That’s just how I get through things! Smiling will give you an instantaneous attitude boost. Try it for one minute and see what happens. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin, also known as the “feel-good,” happy hormones. The more you smile, the more you will see your overall attitude change for the better! EVEN BETTER than smiling yourself, think of how great you feel when make others smile!
People who know how to laugh at themselves tend to have a great attitude. Most that know me have heard me sing at the top of my lungs (even though I sound horrible), tell a ridiculous joke, or detail an embarrassing experience. This helps me cope and can be a power tool to lift my mood and it usually gets a smile out of others.
- Get Good At Being Rejected.
Rejection is a skill and lately, I’ve seemed to experience my fair share. Think of those broken hearts as temporary drawbacks. No one makes it through life without being rejected once, twice, or even a hundred or so times. Don’t let it harden you and don’t expect the worse. That guy or job you thought would be perfect may have kept you from finding your true happiness, so no fretting!
- Use Positive Words To Describe Your Life.
Words we use have a lot more power than we may initially think. As they say, “What your mind hears, it believes.” If when chatting with friends, you describe your life as boring, lonely, and busy, it’s how you will perceive it and you will feel those effects in both, your body and mind. If you use positive words and focus on the happy, you will see your life in a whole different light and find more enjoyment in the way you chose to shape your life.
- Just Breathe.
Have you noticed that we hold our breath sometimes when we are concentrating on something? Can you feel your breath change when you are angry or anxious? That’s why I tend to turn bright red when I get embarrassed. Our breath changes depending on how we feel. The great news is that the connection goes the other way too, so sometimes take a second and just breathe!
- Be Proactive.
A reactive person allows other people and external events to determine how they will feel. A proactive person decides how they will feel regardless of what may be going on around them. Be proactive by choosing your attitude and maintaining it throughout the day, regardless of what the day may bring. I try to take the day on with a checklist and good attitude, when the negativity starts; I try to let it roll off like “water off a ducks back!”
- Have Solutions When Pointing Out Problems.
Being positive doesn’t mean you’re oblivious to problems. Positive people have constructive criticisms to improve conditions. If you are going to point out problems in people or situations, place just as much effort into suggesting solutions. We all have had people we’ve worked with in the past that point out all of the things that are wrong, but never offer ways to make it better. Avoid that!
- Focus On the Good.
In order to have a positive attitude, focus on the good and believe it or not, there is good in almost every situation. Try to focus on the good in yourself, your life, and in others. It helps!
- Have a Purpose.
Last but not least, have a purpose. As the character in the Broadway show, Avenue Q realizes, having a purpose in life gives you a fixed point in the horizon to focus on, so that you can remain steady and focused during all of life’s challenges. Bringing meaning and purpose to your life will do wonders to bring positivity and give you a good attitude.
D E F I N E Marketing Director