I guess you could say I’ve been on a journey to finding not only myself, but true and lasting happiness and a positive life. I really think happiness and positivity go hand in hand.
If you ask people who know me, they’ll tell you I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky person. I love having conversations with people about their lives; the really deep parts of their lives that make them who they are. I am usually laughing about something. I love hearing a good joke or lounging around doing nothing but enjoying the presence of others..
Still, I have been working on something that I do struggle with on a daily basis.. and that is POSITIVITY. In my head, it’s so much easier to point out every little thing that goes wrong.. everything that makes me feel like I don’t measure up to others. I know it’s not right, but I do it. I think we all have this struggle at times.
These last few weeks, I’ve been truly trying to be a more positive person. The reason being is that I haven’t felt as happy as I know I should be. I have a great life, an amazing husband and family, and a sweet and loving dog. I think what really opened my eyes was I had been watching different videos and streams of people who were living their dreams and their main focus was self-love, positivity, and drive! Even if no-one else thought they could fulfill their dreams, they thought they could and they did! This set me out to find different ways to add positivity to my life.
Now, this is a journey, and I know it will be a continual one but I am feeling more optimistic already so I have wanted to share these tips with you all.
Here are 5 ways you can be more positive! :
Focus on the good.
When you focus on the positive things in your life, you’re likely to have an over-all feeling of gratitude, thankfulness, and happiness. A good way to keep yourself accountable is to write your thoughts down. I like an app on my phone called “Happier”. (I wrote about it on this post.) It helps me make sure to post positive thoughts and to read positive thoughts from others. A journal is also another good way to focus on positivity in your life.
Surround yourself with positivity.
Talk to positive people, read inspirational books or watch movies about what you’re passionate about — whether that be about fulfilling your dreams, leading a healthy lifestyle, creating crafts, or starting a business.
Close your eyes, breathe in and out slowly and deeply and give yourself positive affirmations throughout the day. Tell yourself “I will have a great day.”, or “I can achieve my dreams.”. You can even be more specific by saying things like “I will make 5 sales today.” or “I can be a great sales leader!”. Meditate on those good thoughts.
Stop comparing yourself.
Everyone has a different journey. I’ve heard this a dozen times now but it’s probably one of my favorite quotes — “Comparison is the stealer of happiness”. Realize that by comparing yourself to others, you’re not boosting your confidence or helping yourself fulfill your dreams, you’re putting a weight on your shoulders. Be confident in what you can do and be your biggest cheerleader! You’ll find that life is much easier that way.
Do things you love.
Travel, rearrange your bedroom, go for a walk, or create something beautiful! One of my favorite things to do is to go for a long walk with my dog. I love that I can get out of the house, breathe in the fresh air and see the beautiful, colorful landscapes. It’s pretty impossible to not have a positive outlook when you’re doing things you’re passionate about.
The world is your canvas! Color it!