27 September 2023

Eleven easy ways to quickly add more positivity to your life

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Nancy F. Clark* outlines 11 quick and easy ways to create a more positive mindset.

In a world filled with stress, negativity, and unending challenges, it’s important to look for ways to bring more positivity into our lives.

Creating a positive mindset can lead to improved emotional and mental well-being, strengthened resilience, and a greater sense of happiness.

If you’re seeking to add more positivity to your life, here are 11 quick and effective ways to do so:

1) Practice gratitude

Take a moment each day—especially first thing in the morning—to reflect on the things you’re grateful for.

This simple act can shift your focus from what’s wrong to what’s right in your life, helping you appreciate both the small and large joys.

2) Surround yourself with positive people

The people we spend time with greatly influence our mindset and energy. Seek out individuals who show positivity, support your goals, and inspire you.

3) Engage in random acts of kindness

Spread positivity by performing random acts of kindness.

Whether it’s complimenting a stranger, volunteering, or helping a friend, small acts of kindness have a ripple effect that can add happiness to someone’s day and also uplift your own level.

4) Limit exposure to negativity

Limit your exposure to negative news or toxic content.

Set boundaries by limiting social media time and choosing positive sources of information.

5) Practice self-care

Make sure you’re giving importance to your sleep time and are enjoying your healthy meals.

Self-care activities such as appreciating nature, reading, exercising, meditation, or getting into flow with your hobbies helps raise your level of happiness.

6) Worry less

Instead of dwelling on what could go wrong, shift your attention to anticipating what could go right. Visualize the success you want.

7) Celebrate small wins

You can quickly write a checklist of small steps you plan to take. Then congratulate yourself as you check each one off during your day.

You may want to take this even further by thinking of a way to treat yourself when you’ve reached 3 or maybe 5 in a day.

Visualize what your treat may feel like—or perhaps taste like.

8) Engage in positive self-talk

Pay attention to your inner dialogue and don’t let that little critical voice take over.

I believe that reducing this negative voice is more successful than reciting affirmations which you may not believe are possible.

9) Focus on the present moment

Be fully present in the moment, focusing on your senses and letting go of worries about the past or future.

Mindfulness can help reduce stress and increase your appreciation and happiness in the present moment.

10) Learn and grow

Engage in activities that promote personal growth and learning.

Spend time with positive articles, books, movies, or even music that inspires you.

Focusing on content that promotes positivity and self-growth will have a definite impact on your happiness and positivity.

11) Embrace smiling and laughing

Find reasons to increase smiling and try to bring more humor into your day.

Smiling, even when you force it, brings more positive chemicals into your brain.

So “fake it till you make it” applies here.

Laughter also helps you reduce stress and improves your mood.

By incorporating these 11 strategies into your daily routine, you can quickly add more positivity to your life.

Remember, positivity is not about ignoring the challenges or hardships you may face; it’s about developing a mindset that allows you to approach those challenges with optimism, resilience, and a belief in your own ability to handle them.

Take small steps each day—checking them off your celebration list—and soon you’ll find yourself living a more positive and engaging life.

P.S. And here’s a positive addition. The most important thing—which you’ve already done by reading this article—is to make the decision that you want to be happier with more positivity in your life!

*Nancy F. Clark is the author of the bestseller The Positive Journal and is the Curator of Forbes WomensMedia. You can find her on LinkedIn.

This article first appeared at forbes.com

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