We all have our ups and downs, but some of us have more of a roller coaster ride through life than others. While there is little you can do to influence events that happen outside of you, there are many ways you can shift how you feel and create a more positive life.
Here are some of my favorites:
Take the Long Term View – Instead of focusing on how bad something is and marinating in those feelings indefinitely, get perspective by looking forward.
- Will it still matter a month from now? A year from now?
- Is it possible that there is a hidden blessing or lesson?
- Could you be better off long term because of it?
- How much of your time and life energy are you willing to spend on it?
Step Away from Negative Influences – News, social media, books, movies and people can keep you stuck in a slump of negativity. Instead, choose people and input that will uplift you and keep you smiling. Yes, it can be important to stay informed about what is going on in your world, but you can also limit the amount of time you spend on it.
Practice Kindness – Giving freely can be a joyful experience and volunteering to serve others who are in worse situations than you can help you keep things in perspective.
Treat Yourself Well – Taking care of your health and well being can support a more positive life. When you feel good you are more likely to think good. So, be gentle with yourself instead of putting yourself down, nurture your body, and feed your soul.
Stay Connected to God – When there is distance between you and the higher power you believe in, no matter what you call it, you can lose trust that things will be okay and feel alone and unsupported. This makes you more susceptible to negative influences and can make even a positive life feel barren.
Focus on Daily Gratitude and Magical Moments – Every day has it’s miracles even if they are small. Focusing on these can rewire your brain to be more positive and lead you to more happiness. It takes repetition and I suggest making a commitment to journaling these daily for at least 30 days. You will be glad you did.
By creating a more positive life for yourself you will be influencing others to do the same. And, if enough of us focus on surrounding ourselves in positivity, we just might change the world.