Practicing positivity has so many benefits to your health and well being. We all have a friend or acquaintance who seems to exude positivity even in the most trying of times. While positivity seems to come more naturally to some people than to others, it’s not just a personality trait you either have or you don’t. Positivity is a choice, and it is one you can learn to make on a daily basis. Here are 7 tried and true tips for cultivating a more positive outlook on life.
- Start your day on a positive note.
The way you start your day makes all the difference, so make an effort to begin each day with a smile. Spend your morning doing something you find relaxing or uplifting such as reading the newspaper, making a healthy breakfast, or sipping on a mug of Dominican Single Origin Arabica Coffee. Even if you’re not feeling particularly positive, sometimes if you fake it your attitude will change.
- Reframe negative thoughts.
Self-talk is the internal dialogue that runs through your mind all day. You can’t necessarily control it, but you can learn to recognize when your internal dialogue starts trending toward the negative. When that happens, pause for a moment and see if you can’t reframe your thoughts in a more positive light. Even if you can’t find the silver lining in a situation, you can at least think about the situation in a more constructive way. Self-awareness is the key to cultivating an attitude of positivity.
- Make time for self-care every day.
It’s difficult to maintain a positive attitude when you’re feeling drained or overwhelmed. Make time for self-care every day, even if it’s just for 30 minutes. Lie back in a warm bath with Rainforest Floral Foaming Bath Salts or have a spa day at home with the Citrus Sunshine Spa Gift Set. Even something as simple as reading a book or listening to your favorite podcast can help you relax and unwind.
- Try keeping a gratitude journal.
When you’re having trouble seeing the silver lining in a difficult situation, take a moment to remind yourself of all you have to be thankful for. Try keeping a gratitude journal where you record something you’re grateful for each day. When times get tough, you can refer to your journal and remind yourself of all the good in your life that gives you reason to stay positive.
- Make an effort to make others smile.
Smiles are contagious, so if you’re not feeling like your best self, why not switch the focus and try to make someone else happy. Something as simple as giving someone a compliment or giving a gift like an Azucena Gardenia Tropical Candle can make a big difference. At the very least, you’ll be distracted from your own negativity for long enough that you might forget about it all together.
- Prioritize your physical and mental health.
Mental and physical health are closely linked, so if one starts to flag the other won’t be far behind. Do your best to follow a healthy diet, fueling your body with the nutrients it needs for optimal health. Include exercise in your weekly routine a well, aiming for 30 minutes of activity 3 to 5 times per week. If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression, seek help. There are many types of therapy out there that can help you learn to cope with negative thoughts and foster a more positive attitude.
- Maintain positive relationships.
If you surround yourself with negative people, you shouldn’t be surprised if you find it difficult to maintain a positive attitude. Don’t waste your time on toxic relationships. Focus instead on the people who love and support you, those who bring light into your life instead of darkness and focus on practicing positivity.. These are the people who will help lift you up when you’re feeling down.
There’s no denying that life can be difficult at times. You may not be able to control every detail of your life, but you do have some control over how you handle it. Practicing positivity is a choice and it’s one that is well within your power to make on a daily basis. Follow the tips above and start cultivating an attitude of positivity in your daily life.