The Power-Up of Positivity
6 Ways to Fill Up Your Emotional Health Bar
Positivity is powerful. I’m not talking about false optimism, or looking at life through rose-colored glasses. I mean the practice of positivity – learning to see your life in a more beneficial way, that in turn allowing you to live in a more worthwhile way. Let us begin the power-up of positivity. Here are 6 easy ways to be more positive:
1. Morning Affirmations
Start your morning off by saying and thinking positive things. I’m not saying everything magically turns into rainbows and unicorns, but if you start your day off in a good mood, it is much harder for something to ruin it. 1-UP: Start with an affirmation that resonates with you. If “abundance flows through me like the spirit of the wolf” feels like too much, start with something like “good things happen to me.”
2. Recognize the Positive
Too often, we fly past the good moments in our day and spend our time focused on the bad. Take some time to stop and smell the roses. The more we recognize and appreciate positive moments throughout the day, the more our brain rewires itself to notice them.
3. Surround Yourself with Positive People
According to Jim Rohn: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with,” and that certainly extends to mindset. If you are surrounded by negative people, you are going to have a much harder time believing that “good things happen to you” and making those good things happen.
Most people will smile back. It’s a great boost of positivity and can quickly alter your brain chemistry. 1-UP: If you have a big speech or conversion coming up, make sure to smile before you speak – it boosts your confidence, and it’s almost as contagious as a yawn.
5. Celebrate Others’ Successes
There’s no shortage of success – it’s not pie. (Mmmm. Pie.) Being happy for someone else is not only the right thing to do, but it also builds a network of trust and teaches you to celebrate your own successes. 1-UP: If you’re not happy for someone, dig deep and ask why. Did they receive something you want? What can you do differently to achieve it for yourself?
6. Evening Meditation
Spend time at the end of your day recounting the positive. What are the good things that happened that day? What are you grateful for? I like to end my day by meditating on all the things in my life I’m thankful for. That way I’m starting and ending my day with positivity.
If you’re new to the journey of positivity, be gentle with yourself. It can be daunting, especially if you’re used to seeing things in a negative light. You may have to swing the pendulum all the way across before you find your balance, but anyone can learn to change their mindset. Remember: positive people don’t have fewer bad things happen to them, they simply see those things differently.