Yes, it’s hard to change habits, but you can do it!
You can change bad habits, like being negative.
Following are six suggestions for being a more positive person, which will enrich your daily life.
1. Keep a Gratitude Journal
Journaling is something that you could do at night, after you’ve settled down. This could be a time of reflecting on the day and writing down everything you can think of to be grateful for.
Have gratitude for what was good. For example, food, water and clothes. Be grateful for your job or business or however you receive income.
You can write that you are grateful for friends and family and for your health being as good as it is, even if you are not feeling well or are having health issues, you can be grateful that things are as well as they are and not worse.
And learn how to be grateful for things that seem like bad luck. For example, if you caught a flat tire while on the way to work, look at it as possibly a detour from something bad that may have happened to you had you not been delayed.
Be grateful for being able to breathe, see, walk, etc. Just write down things to be grateful for, even if you go over some of the same things everyday.
2. Get Rid of Stressors
When you’re stressed, it is difficult to be positive or be in a good mood, period. Things that stress you out are not good for you physically, mentally or emotionally and can lead to health problems.
Understand though that you will not be able to alleviate all stressors but you can change how you react to stressors.
Here’s some things you can do to alleviate stress:
- Get plenty of rest and sleep
- Eat health foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Pet animals
- Have fun
3. Make an Awesomeness List
Do you tell yourself how awesome you are?
Boost your own self-esteem. This can help with anxiety and encourage you to be more optimistic.
You should appreciate yourself!
Make a list of good things you have done recently that makes you awesome. It doesn’t necessarily have to be anything grandiose.
Some examples are:
- Exercised instead of watching TV
- Helped with cooking dinner today
- Mowed my elderly neighbor’s lawn
- Went all day without complaining about anything
- Donated to the local thrift store
- Helped a disabled person across the street
Do this and you will soon see that you really do make awesome choices. You’ll feel really good about yourself because you are an awesome person!
4. Emphasize the Positive
In every situation, you have the power to accentuate what’s positive and discard what’s negative.
Whenever something negative happens, make a conscious choice to practice not responding negatively.
You can change your actions, words and attitude so that you do not respond negatively. It may be hard at first, but practice.
Perhaps, at first, you could learn to pause before responding or acting, so that you can gather positive thoughts and attitudes, so that your words and actions are more positive in the situation. A negative reaction does not help the situation.
5. Love Yourself
This is something that we all need to do more of. Embrace who you are — flaws and all.
Let no one make you think lowly of yourself. You are beautiful and you are deserving. Love yourself by engaging in positive self-talk. Don’t say things to yourself like, “I’m so stupid” or “I’m too fat” or “I’m too short” or “I’m broke” or anything that is negative.
Speak positively and highly of yourself. Also, do good things for yourself. Treat yourself to things that you like to do. Also take time to enjoy the good things in life that money cannot buy, like going for a walk and consciously paying attention to nature.
Take some deep breaths and relax your muscles. Listen to music. It is healing. Go get a massage. Smile and spread some loving and positive energy around to others. And just do things for you!
6. Recite Positive Affirmations
Repetition is a good teacher, so practice reciting and remembering positive affirmations, to the point that they become infused with your spirit and into your mind.
Then when something negative happens, you are able to pull from that positive mental programming to keep you in the positive and experiencing better outcomes.
Check out this dope post by George J. Ziogas about positive mental programming of the subconscious mind.
There are also many good books to read on the subject and YouTube is a good source for positive affirmations and guided meditations.