Break out of your negative rut and start thinking positively today! Optimists tend to be healthier physically and mentally than their negative counterparts, live longer and suffer from less stress. It pays to “always look on the bright side of life.” Be more positive today with these five helpful tips:
1. Make a conscious choice to be positive.
Positivity is a choice, especially if you’re not naturally optimistic. When you encounter a setback, you have a choice to dwell on the negative (“Why me?”) or you can choose to be positive and view it as a challenge.
2. Surround yourself with positive people.
Negativity is infectious, but luckily, so is positivity. If you want to think more positively, start spending time with the most positive people you know, and make friends with other positive people.
3. Be thankful for what you have.
Gratitude is one of the best ways to become happier. Instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, be thankful for what you do. A gratitude journal, in which you write 1 or 2 things you’re thankful for every day, can help you to maintain perspective and appreciate all of the great people and things in your life.
4. Flip the script on negative thoughts.
Whenever those negative thoughts begin creeping up, counteract them with two positive thoughts. Soon, you’ll train your brain to automatically think positive thoughts.
5. Share your positive outlook.
Spread the cheer! Offer encouraging words to a friend, smile and say “Hello” to a stranger and find other ways to share your positive disposition with everyone you meet.
Positivity Tip: Get inspired to become more optimistic when the Brian Buffini Success Tour 2014 stops in Richmond, Virginia in April. Positivity expert Jon Gordon will share his tips to create positive environments at work and at home. Visit BrianBuffini.com to register.
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