Do you look at those “glass is half full” types and wonder how they always maintain a positive outlook? Between the doom and gloom in the news and stressors of life, it can be hard to stay positive, but it’s not impossible. And research shows those positive people tend to have more positive and fulfilled lives, so how do they do it?
First, it’s important to know that it’s not about being happy all the time - that’s just not realistic. It is about having the right tools to help you find the good in life no matter how out of control things feel. These expert tips can help you train yourself to always look on the bright side of life:
- Be mindful of what you’re putting in your body - It’s important to be deliberate about what you’re eating in order to fuel your body with nutrients to function well. Eating healthy foods and staying active, outdoors if possible, can go a long way toward promoting a sunny outlook.
- Maintain your space - When life feels out of control, having a neat and tidy personal space can help you maintain order and create calm in the chaos.
- Tap into your spiritual side - Make time to be quiet and reflective every day for a few minutes and think about what brings you joy and what you’re thankful for. Gratitude promotes positivity and focusing on that daily can reinforce a positive outlook.
- Acknowledge your emotions - It’s okay to feel all the feelings and be sad, mad, lonely or depressed. The thing to remember is that it’s only temporary. Recognize what you’re feeling, then decide to release it or dig deeper into why you’re feeling that way because understanding our emotions helps give us more control over them.
- Live with purpose - Try to learn something new every day, whether it’s through reading, listening to a podcast or practicing a new language on an app. When the brain is engaged in new learning, it feels more alive, which can help you have a more positive outlook.
- Put effort into your social life - Isolation can lead to feeling depressed, so it’s important to reach out to loved ones and maintain social connections to stay positive.
- Prioritize rest - We all feel better after a little R&R and when you make time for downtime, it can boost your mood.
- Love hard - Not just romantic love, it’s important to have a genuine connection with significant people in your life. Connecting with them on a regular basis can increase happiness and that’s what it’s all about.
Source: Hello Giggles