Do you need more optimism in your life? Researchers have found that individuals who maintain a positive attitude during intense surgeries and after, usually have a shorter recovery period. People who work in high stress environments find their inner peace and balance by focusing on the positives of their job. The act of meditation focuses on finding gratitude in your hardest struggles even in the midst of the paralyzing challenges.
Out of these three scenarios, having more optimism was the common factor. In fact, people who strive to look for the “silver lining” usually rise above their challenges with triumph and victory.
While it’s easy to say, “Focus on the positive, and you’ll be happier” putting it into practice is quite difficult. It may even seem insurmountable when you face certain challenges. However, trying to find the positive, in whatever you’re going through, will save you a lot of stress. You may even find a useful solution to the problem you’re facing.
Since remaining optimistic during tough times is challenging, it’s important to consider a few tips and tricks that’ll reshape the way you think. Let’s go over five proven tips that’ll help you maintain a positive attitude.
1. Remove Yourself from Toxic People
If you’re trying to elevate your mentality and remain positive, you have to remove yourself from negative people. It’s like trying to grow an orchid in the desert; it’s not going to happen! When people drain you of your energy, constantly criticize or put you down, it’s time to let them go. Walking away from unhealthy relationships is the first step towards loving yourself and maintaining your optimistic outlook.
2. Practice Speaking Kind Words
It’s easy to get in the habit of negative communication. Whether it’s complaining about your morning commute or not getting enough praise on your job, you can find yourself complaining about everything. A negative attitude can impact every part of your life. Soon, you’ll find yourself being a grouch every day. Practice speaking kind words about yourself and what’s around you. The old saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it” will definitely come in handy.
3. Learn to Love Yourself
Having a negative outlook stems from not being fully confident in yourself. In order to find the positive in your life, start with what’s amazing about yourself. Practice daily affirmations so you can remind yourself how awesome you are. Get in the habit of regular self-care and stick to it. This will help you change your outlook towards whatever situation presents itself.
4. Make Progressive Changes
If you find it hard to stay positive in your current situation, then it’s probably time to get out of that situation! If you don’t like your job, make the effort necessary towards finding a new one. If you’re feeling unhealthy, make nutritious changes so you can live your best life. Sometimes a little effort is all you need to change your current perspective.
5. Give to Others
They say there is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. When you give of yourself to others, you’re no longer focusing on your own issues. You’re exposing yourself to those who are less fortunate and making their moment better. If you find yourself constantly in a negative space, volunteer at a homeless shelter. If it’s in your means, donate to a local animal charity. This will give you a broader perspective and help you develop an overall positive attitude.
Shifting your focus from negative to positive is not an overnight fix. It takes a lot of self-improvement and effort to really see changes. Keep working towards changing your perspective and you’ll be on your way to living a happy life.
~ Until next time – Dr. JB Kirby