Positivity is an underrated personality trait, and one that plays a key role in your spiritual and mental health. Negativity is what leads to anxiety, pessimism, and the lack of ambition that causes many of us to avoid trying new things every day. Negativity is why projects fail to get accomplished and why any imperfect success is seen as a failure. It holds us back from living a life that truly belongs to us.
The good news is that positivity is something that you can learn. If you feel that you’ve been too negative most of your life, you can train yourself to be a positive and optimistic person – one that finds joy and abundance in every component of their being and realizes more of their goals each and every day.
Training Your Mind to Be More Positive
Positivity is not something that always comes naturally. Luckily, if you use proper mind training techniques, you’ll often find that it is much easier to adopt a positive mindset. No need to be discouraged if it doesn’t come right away – sometimes it takes time to remove some of the negativity that has held you back. Some strategies include:
- Positivity Journal
Positivity journaling is the act of challenging yourself to find 5 to 10 genuinely new, great, and positive things that happen every day to write down in a journal. All entries must be specific and free of passive aggressiveness (for example “I’m really glad my mom didn’t annoy me today” would not be a positive thought, but “I had a wonderful conversation with my mother” would be). This challenge does two things. First, it forces you to think positively every day. Second, it gets you looking for positive things to write about that normally you may have overlooked.
- Faking Positivity
The mind can actually adapt to actions that otherwise are unnatural. For example, if you often say a word ironically to make fun of people that use a word, your mind can adopt the word and it becomes a natural part of your vocabulary. The same is true for something like positivity. If you pretend to be positive, even if you don’t feel positive, your mind can adapt to being positive and ultimately you’ll find yourself with more positive thoughts.
- Finding Positive People
One of the hardest parts of becoming a positive person is that you may have to surround yourself with new friends. But if you can find new friends that are positive people (or connect with positive friends more often), you’ll find that the way they act is something you pick up on, and the negativity that your other friends would normally bring into your life.
- Daily Jogging
Jogging may not seem like a positive activity, but it is without a doubt one of the most important things you can do to improve your happiness. Jogging improves health, confidence, and burns away stress cells, making it much easier to be positive. In addition, when your muscles are tired, the mind/body connection relaxes your mind as well and allows you to think fewer negative thoughts. Jogging, or at least daily exercise, can be extremely advantageous.
- Set Sub-Goals
It’s easier to be positive when you see how often you’re successful. The truth is that even when someone doesn’t reach one of their goals, it’s very rare for nothing to be a success. There are usually several sub-successes on the way. By creating these sub goals and reaching them, it shows you how much you really accomplish in your life and keeps you focused on what you can achieve, not what you can’t.
There is no immediate method of creating a positive mindset, but the effects that positivity can have on your happiness are pronounced. Consider the above strategies for creating positivity and look for ways to reduce the negative influences in your life.