With the right attitude, your life can be significantly better instantaneously! Even you are going through hard times and can’t control much of what’s happening in your life, you still have an important option: what kind of attitude to maintain. By opting for a positive outlook, your life will become better. Here’s how to do it:
1. Decide that you want to have a positive frame of mind.
It’s so easy to frown, to get annoyed by small things and feel irritated, to pass judgments and be critical all the time. It’s up to you to decide that no matter what’s going on around you, it’s your choice to maintain a positive perspective and reaction.
2. Choose an empowering morning routine.
Forget grabbing your phone or checking your mail first thing after you open your eyes in the morning. Invest in a positive affirmation such as “Today I choose joy and happiness” and some stretches. Even better, strike an empowering yoga pose, like the warrior or the dancer’s pose.
3. Connect with your inner joy
Don’t wait for things to be “just right” in order to feel happy; connect with your inner source of joy. Do more of the things that make you smile and give you a sense of purpose and meaning.
4. Enjoy the small pleasures of life
Appreciate your coffee or tea, relish the fresh fruit, savor a walk by the beach. Train yourself to spot and appreciate the small moments that carry hidden pleasures. Don’t take them for granted, make sure you enjoy them.
5. Feed your brain positive stuff
Listen to your favorite music, watch comedies, read articles on positivity, on self-development and self-improvement.
6. Positive thinking
Learn to cultivate positive thoughts. Think positive of yourself, your situation, your life, others. Try to understand your current difficulties in a more positive framework; “what can I learn from them?” “what solutions can I find?”
7. Notice the good
Learn to notice the good inside and around you. Instead of going on automatic pilot and always noticing the bad, the ugly, and the problematic, try to see the good, the beautiful, the solution. Start with yourself. Make a list of your positive characteristics and qualities as a person.
8. Be optimistic
Don’t expect the worst possible outcome. Don’t always see a catastrophe approaching. Be realistic, assess the situation as it is but don’t try to predict the future by thinking only negative thoughts. Indulge in some “what if…” positive scenarios.
9. Positive visualizations
What is it that your heart desires? What do you want to accomplish or achieve? Visualize yourself being there! Create a vivid visual image in your mind- how does it look to be where you want to be in life? how does it feel? What do you do? Try to be as specific as you can.
10. Stop complaining
I am sure that in your life there are things to complain about. Yet, you have a choice; are you going to complain about anything and everything you can, or are you going to focus on the positive stuff and build on that? I am sorry to remind you but complaining is the least effective way to lift your mood and achieve your goals.
11. Connect with positive people
Expand your social circle. Hang out with positive people, with ones you share common interests and passions. Talk positive, do positive stuff, and connect emotionally. Positivity is contagious!
12. Adopt an attitude of curiosity
Stop having the attitude “been there, done that” and open your senses to new possibilities. Approach life with curiosity, with an attitude of wanting to find out, to explore and discover.
13. Stop comparing yourself to others
The more you compare yourself to others, the less happy you will be. Concentrate on who you are and the kind of life you want to have.
14. Seek experiences
Instead of lamenting about the things you don’t have or cannot afford, seek new experiences. Do things that bring you joy instead of buying things in hopes to get happier.
15. Learn to be grateful
Don’t take the small pleasures and the little happy moments for granted. They are part of who you are; they are part of your life. The more you notice and appreciate them, the more happy and positive you will feel about your life. And positivity attracts happiness.