13 Ways to Stay Positive

1. Start the day with gratitude. 

Every morning take some time to think about all the things that are right in your life.  Dwelling on the things that go wrong or could go wrong, will put you in a negative frame of mind right out of the shoot. 

2.  Pray and ask for guidance. 

Only God knows what we will be having on the day ahead of us. People who regularly take time for prayer are found to be much more positive about life in general. 

3. Practice good time management by planning each day. 

Poor planning contributes to poor outcomes and costly mistakes.  When we have a bad day we tend to foster negative thinking.  If we make a daily habit of just letting the day happen, we run the risk of being unprepared and the mistakes that follow.  If each day’s goals are clearly defined, one will enter each day focused and ready to avoid problems, thus creating very positive feelings of accomplishment.

4. Focus on important things in your life. 

Set goals and priorities for all areas of your life.  Create an action plan for how you will accomplish your goals.  This will give you a sense of control and even when things happen that are out of your control, you will be able to make quick course corrections and stay positive about long-term outcomes.  

5.  Recognize that things will go wrong and learn to “roll with the punches”. 

There will always be times when things don’t turn out as planned but in spite of that, you can still stay positive if you don’t get too invested in outcomes.  Learn to do your best and let the outcome take care of itself. 

6. Don’t be afraid to try new things and take on new challenges. 

See learning and changes as opportunities. There’s nothing wrong in changing attitudes and routines as long as they are for the good and improvement of who you are and what you do.  

7. Be realistic when setting your goals. 

Make sure that what you want to accomplish is possible. Hoping for something to happen which would never really materialize in real life will only bring you disappointment. Living with constant disappointment will definitely serve to create negative thinking. 

8. Understand what you are passionate about and take the time to engage your passions. 

Get in touch with the things that really get you excited.  Perhaps it’s a certain charity or sporting activity, or pass time, connect with it and learn how to look to it to fulfill your needs for happiness and joy.   

9. Take care of yourself. 

Commit to learning, work, family, faith, friends, exercise, and relaxation, and create a balanced life in which you feel that you are fulfilled in all areas of your life.  By becoming a balanced individual you create a positive environment for a positive mental attitude to thrive. 

10. Laugh. 

Enjoy life. Have fun. Looking at the brighter side of life starts with entertainment and pleasure. Laughter is the best medicine, so they say. Whether your illness is physical or emotional, a few laughs and giggles can help you throw away heavy baggage such as anxiety, disappointment, or nervousness. 

11. Associate with positive people. 

Hang out with people who see the glass as half full.  It is easy to be brought down and slip into a negative mindset with everyone around you is grumbling and complaining. 

12. Be real. 

People are attracted to those folks who are comfortable with themselves.  Although you don’t have to tell everyone your life’s story, be open, honest and friendly with people.  Honesty has a way of creating very positive feelings. 

13. Let other people off the hook. 

Mistakes are made, bad words exchanged, but the sooner we learn to forgive others for the human frailties, the sooner we are free to live a positive life.  Holding grudges only serve to hurt you.  While others have long moved on, you are still harboring bad feelings against them, that only attracts negative energy.  Learn to forgive quickly and often. 

Life can be very difficult at times, even harsh, but in the midst of it all if we can keep our minds fixed on positive thoughts, we have a better chance of weathering those storms.  Positive people often fair better through illness and loss, so the better we all become at seeing the good things in life, the more equipped we are for handling all the bad things

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