How to Bring More Positivity into Your Life
By Vanessa Palencia
I think it’s safe to say that we want more positivity in our lives. Not only does it make us feel good, but the world suddenly seems like a much brighter place to live in. There’s even research that reveals how positive thinking can build your skills, boost your health, and improve your work! But if being positive was incredibly easy, wouldn’t everyone be living a more positive and happier lifestyle?
You see, while everyone does have the same opportunity and access to become a positive force in their own lives, it’s just as easy to focus all of your energy on negative things. Everyone’s path to a more positive lifestyle may be different, but I believe that the list below can help you tackle the common obstacles that deter us from radiating that level of positivity we desire in ourselves.
1. Eat healthier foods
This should be a given. You can’t expect your body to run smoothly on a junk-filled diet. A healthy lifestyle feeds your body and mind with the nutrients it needs to function well. And if your body is functioning well, then you will feel great! I know that I definitely do.
2. Put away the scale
I put this right after the “eating healthy” topic because let’s face it, it can be super easy to become obsessed with eating healthy and start pulling the scale out more frequently. But like anything else, obsessions of any kind are unhealthy. Our weight fluctuates constantly throughout the week! Constantly weighing yourself and seeing that fluctuation can bring your mood down and add unnecessary stress into your life. Eating healthy means feeding your body whole and nutritious foods, not obsessing about everything you eat!
3. Listen to music
Research shows that when you listen to music you like, your brain releases dopamine, which is responsible for feelings of happiness, joy, and excitement. So try blasting some upbeat music when you’re cleaning your room or on your drive to work! Keep in mind, this doesn’t apply to sad music, which will decrease your mood, so be mindful of what you play!
Forgiving someone can be a lot harder than it seems, but holding grudges is just as equally draining. When you learn to forgive, you learn to let go of every negative emotion and thought and relieve yourself of that heavy burden. Once you’ve forgiven that person in your life, you’ll definitely feel much happier and lighter.
5. Surround yourself with good people
This goes without saying. If you surround yourself with negative people, then you’re immersing yourself in a negative environment. You’ll constantly feel down and in a bad mood, so do yourself a favor and rid yourselves of those people and replace them with good people. Good people are people who will help you become motivated, productive, and empowered to accomplish the things you’ve set out to do. If you don’t have anyone like that, then go and find them!
6. Drink more water
Water works like magic in detoxifying your body. Aside from all the benefits you get, like clearer skin and bowel regularity, it also helps getting rid of all the toxins and revamps your energy levels! In addition, drinking enough water can help in weight loss and boost your immune system. If those things don’t encourage you to drink more water, then I don’t know what will.
7. Start doing more of what you love
If you do what you love more often, then you’ll be in a much happier mood. It’s as simple as that.
8. Find gratefulness
It’s so easy to start complaining about a job or wishing that you had a cooler car, but if you start thinking in more positive terms, like “I’m blessed to have a job that helps pay the bills,” or “I’m lucky that I have a car and don’t have to worry about walking or relying on other people for transport,” then you’ll start seeing the world in a much more optimistic light. Just a little twist can go a long way.
9. Show love to your family and friends
Tomorrow isn’t promised, so we have to make the most of every day. This includes showing your loved ones that you love them. It’s so simple and habitual to say “I love you” that it’s just as easy to become immune to those words. But by putting that effort in to show your family and friends that you love them, you will put a smile on their face and yours.
Aside from strengthening and toning your body, exercise helps release endorphins that help lift your overall mood and increase your energy levels. It’s also a great way to release any stress and physical tension that you may have accumulated through work and other stress-related jobs.
11. Find the silver lining in everything
Everyday isn’t perfect. We will have our crappy moments and want nothing more than to just melt away into an otherworldly dimension, but the key to being more positive in life is to find the silver linings in those situations. For example, if you’re broke and only have rice at home because you can’t afford to go shopping for groceries, then tell yourself that at least you have rice! Finding the silver lining is just a matter of overcoming a negative situation by challenging yourself to see the positive. It can be difficult at first, but with practice, you’ll start to see more positivity in your life.