6 Amazing Ways You Can
Improve Your Overall Positivity
By Brian Zeng
Though everybody wants to lead a positive life, most people misinterpret positivity. Contrary to popular belief, positivity is not about acquiring more money, wealth, and abundance. It is a way of life. If you start embracing positivity, your attitude towards life will change dramatically. Eventually, this change in attitude will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.
However, developing a positive attitude is easier said than done. It may seem impossible to change your age-old way of thinking, particularly in the beginning. But, with the help of the following tips and some self-determination, you can fill your life with positivity.
The following six tips will help you think positively and start living a better life...
1. Surround Yourself with Positive People
“You become like the five people you spend the most time with. Choose carefully.” ~ Jim Rohn
Both, negativity and positivity are contagious. In other words, if you surround yourself with negative people, they will pull you down. On the other hand, the more you are around positive people, the more positive you will be.
Most people have a friend or a co-worker (sometimes even a family member) who complains endlessly about everything including work, relationships, and life in general. Try to put some distance between you and this individual. Don't force yourself to wait and listen to his/her blabbering.
Ignorance is the best way to avoid engaging with a negative person. So, if at all you come across a complainer friend, ignore any negative comments and control your emotions. If the situation calls, block the person on social media. Cut him/her off completely. Keep in mind that you don't owe the person any explanation for severing your friendship.
2. Start Reading
“A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.” ~ Charles Baudelaire
Reading is one of the best ways to start thinking positively. You can read anything, from inspirational quotes to motivational books. It doesn't matter what the book or the blog is about, just read it if it inspires you to think positively. For example, some people may find spiritual books more inspirational, while others might find their inspiration in a real-life story.
The internet of things offers a wide array of blogs, eBooks, and articles about life, spiritualism, and positive thinking. Most of this content is available free of cost. Plus, you can read any of these on the go. The more you surround yourself with positive words, the more positive you become.
3. Take a Break
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ~ Anne Lamott
Whether you own a business or just love your job, you probably find yourself working all the time. Unfortunately, most people end up working almost 20 hours a day for most of their lives. As it happens, you have little or no time left for your family, friends, and even yourself. According to a study published by researchers working at the Australian National University, 40 or more hours of work a week, typically considered full-time employment, can lead to mental health issues.
In short, if you want to boost positive thinking, you need to take a break from your work and professional commitments. Taking a break will help relieve stress levels, thereby reducing negative thoughts. You can use the free time to indulge in a positive activity such as walking, running, meditating, or simply relaxing in your favorite place.
4. Sleep Your Troubles Away
“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” ~ John Steinbeck
Though sleeping won't melt all your troubles away, adequate sleep will certainly keep your body and mind fresh. According to Dr. Rapoport, an associate professor at NYU Langone Medical Center, enough sleep improves your ability to soak up knowledge. "If you are trying to learn something, whether it’s physical or mental, you learn it to a certain point with practice. But something happens while you sleep that makes you learn it better," says Dr. Rapoport.
Though the amount of sleep needed may vary from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. So, if you are not getting at least 7 hours of sleep, you need to make a few serious lifestyle changes as early as possible. Even a couple of extra hours of sleep may be the key to lifelong happiness and health.
5. Smile as Often as You Can
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
A genuine smile not only makes you more likable and attractive, but also helps lower stress and anxiety. Smiling has a cause-and-effect relationship with your brain. When you smile, your brain releases dopamine, endorphin, and serotonin. This leads to the elevation of your mood, making you feel happy instantly. A genuine smile is also a sign of trustworthiness. So, if you want to gain more trust in your personal and professional relationships, smile often.
Laughter yoga is also a clever way to increase your positive thinking. Dr. Madan Kataria introduced laughter yoga for the first time in India in the mid-nineties. It has become a global phenomenon since then. The best part about laughter yoga is that you don't need to have a sense of humor or crack a joke as it focuses on laughing regardless of what your state of mind is. It is a purely physical exercise that brings more oxygen to the brain and nourishes positive feelings. Just 15 minutes of laughter yoga will make you feel energetic and happy.
6. Exercise, Meditate or Partake in Yoga Daily
“To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~ Buddha
The benefits of daily workout, meditation, and yoga are well-documented. Irrespective of your physical abilities, you can gain a lot by doing a daily physical activity. Even a 30-minute workout in the morning is enough to boost your self-esteem and productivity for the rest of the day. On the other hand, meditation and yoga are the best ways to take control of your body and mind.
Though early morning is the best time to exercise, you can find a time that works for you. The best way to create a workout schedule is to start with your favorite physical activity with lower intensity. For example, if you like brisk walking, start walking with normal speed for 15 minutes and gradually work your way up. Who knows, in a couple of months you may end up jogging!
Your life is what you make of it. So, if you want to lead a happy life filled with positivity, you need to take control of your attitude towards life. Unfortunately, the increasing amount of negativity around us makes embracing positive thinking a tough challenge. These six tips will help you deal with external influences and improve your overall positivity. Tell us about the mind-blowing tips you use to instigate positive attitude towards life in the comments section below.
Brian Zeng is the owner of Ponbee.com. He is an entrepreneur by spirit. Through Ponbee, Brian would like to share his insights on an array of topics related to growth, better living, wellness, productivity and motivation. His collection of faith-related quotes give people hope when the going gets tough for them.