We all desire a positive, happy life, and we all know that we can only achieve it by having a positive attitude. Besides, a positive attitude is better than a negative one. However, it is easier said than done, we tend to attract more negativity in life than what we hope for. But how can we steer away those negative vibes in exchange for a more positive one?
I myself struggle to maintain a positive attitude throughout the week. Stress and frustrations can bring negative energy in our life, and more often than not we prefer to view the bad and ignore the good. But, every day I am always reminded to change how I perceive things.
Three months ago, I asked myself, “How can I live a more positive and happy life?”. That question changed my perception in life, from a negative focused thought to a more positive outlook. I told myself, I need to change something in my life. Although, like everyone, I still do struggle to maintain positivity from time to time, and living a positive life is more challenging. But having that desire for a joyful life helps me focus more on the positive side.
Here are some of the things I learned throughout my journey that might motivate you to live a positive life.
One of the struggles I face in my day to day life is expressing my gratitude. Be grateful for what you have, and embrace the things that you don’t have. We always take small things for granted, and we often ask for too much and we never seem to be contented. So instead show others that you appreciate them by simply telling them or by giving them a thank you note, express your gratitude by giving back to people who are in need. These simple things, doesn’t only feel good, but it also spreads positivity to others.
Do What Makes You Happy
You probably heard of this a lot, but I can’t express how much it can change your life. Over the years, I’ve always been figuring out what I really want to do, and trying to find that courage to do what I love to do. When 2016 started to kick in, I told myself life is too short to be doing what you despise, and to be living under a rock. I started to take risks and to take chances more rather than regretting it at the end. Which is why I started my blog, I’ve always loved reading blogs, and I’ve always wanted to start my own, which I did. So, if there is a thing that you really want to do, do it. It might take a lot of courage and convincing to do, but once you start taking more risks, and doing more of what you love the feeling is liberating. Take small steps, courage doesn’t come within a day, but never stop striving what you really love because at the end, it will help you live a more positive and content life.
Never Compare Yourself to Others
If you are like me, you probably have relentlessly compared yourself to others. We tend to compare ourselves to the achievements of other people, and we often sulk when our achievements are nothing close to what they have accomplished. While, comparing ourself can be used as a source of motivation, and inspiration, it is often used for self-doubt. Comparing ourself does not only attract a negative atmosphere, but it can also make us feel so worthless. So the next time you catch yourself comparing, remind yourself that life is not a competition. Instead, try to focus on yourself, and take note of all the goals you have achieved, how you’ve grown and what progress you are making to accomplish that goal. Praise yourself if you have to.
Limit your Complaints.
Complaining does not encourage us to a positive attitude. We often catch ourselves whining about petty things, or about someone, but we’re often not aware that we say negative things about it. We don’t realize that complaining can only add stress to our life, which can lead to us having a bad mood. So instead of complaining why not find a solution to that certain thing you’re complaining about. Remind yourself that complaining won’t fix the problem, but rather it fosters negativity.
Smile Often, Laugh More
I’ve noticed a huge difference when I try to smile more often. It gave me a positive boost to go through the day. I know it’s difficult to maintain a positive attitude throughout, but doing small things such as smiling more often, and laughing more helps brighten our day. Always remember that a positive attitude or a positive life does not come overnight, or within a couple of months. You have to work hard to actually achieve that life you wish for. It takes a lot of patience, I myself still am working on it. But like I said, smiling and laughing is conducive to an optimistic life.
So, if I can slowly change my life around, you can too. A positive outlook, a positive life and a positive attitude are all a choice. It’s up to you to make them. I am going to leave you all with this quote to live by:
A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. Are you living a positive life? How did you achieve it? What are the things you did and what did you change in your life that actually helped you? Leave them down in the comments below.