In order to live a life that is richer and more fulfilling one needs to have wise strategies in place for consistently developing an attitude of gratitude and positivity. Yes, there are many things in our lives that can be challenging. Yet, if we focus on what’s good, then those things will also become good. The truth is that it all boils down to how you choose to view the world around you.
What is positive living?
Simply, positive living is a life of gratitude and positivity. It is a way of thinking about life that takes into consideration the positive things which are happening in your everyday existence. It’s an approach to life that leads to a more fulfilled and enriched existence.
The benefits of positive living go far beyond feeling better about yourself. Being fully aware of all the good in your life means you’ll have more energy, be less stressed, become more motivated and less prone to criticism, and have more compassion for others.
Having a God given ability to recognize the good things that are happening in your life is one of the most powerful gifts we can ever have. Positive living allows us to become better friends, family and even romantic partners. It gives us the strength to face every challenge that comes our way with ease and determination.
How does positive living work?
One way of doing positive living is by being mindful of everything you see, hear, and feel. In other words to be more aware of the positive things that happen everyday, and be grateful for those.
Another way is to make a list of all the good you see in your life and ask yourself if there are people in your life whom you appreciate, love and care about. Go through your list and write down all the positive things that you can relate to.
What’s also amazing is that when we have a greater awareness of the positive things in our lives we’re more likely to be pleasant around other people as well. The next time you make a list of all the good in your life, also write down ways of being happier and more pleasant to be around. Express a heartfelt gratitude for this world and what’s in it.
Lastly, positive living is about developing consistency. It means being more aware on a daily basis of the things that are going right with our lives and others’ lives. It also means noticing how we can be more positive in what we do and say every day.
Positive Living Guidelines
Below are some ground rules for positive living. This is just a starting point, and we know that different people have different ways of doing positive living:
1. Look for the good
Each day look at what’s going right in your life and others’ lives. Be more aware of the good things that happen to you and others around you on a daily basis. Every day take a few minutes to look and see what’s going right in your daily life.
2. Think good thoughts
Start thinking positive thoughts and good feelings about yourself and others around you. Think about the positive things that are taking place in your life on a daily basis. At the same time, you can slow down how you think negative thoughts or change them into positive ones. It might be hard at first, but eventually this will become a habit – especially if you do it every day.
3. Be more positive
Start being more positive in what you do and say to yourself, others and the world around you. Try to be cheerful and pleasant with your family, your friends and other people. You’ll notice that eventually when you do this, everyone around you will become happier.
4. Relax more
Take some time each day to relax your mind for a few minutes or even several minutes. Think positive thoughts and have a good day.
5. Do more forgiveness
Use the power of forgiveness when you are angry and upset with other people or circumstances. Sometimes, you just need to forgive a few things that happen to us in the world. Try to forgive yourself and others you know for mistakes, failures or other negative things that happen in our own lives. Think of what you can do to make up for whatever it is you resent most about what has happened to you or others around you.
6. Have more fun
Try taking the time every day to enjoy your life, especially if you are having a bad day. When you do this, it makes the rest of the day go more smoothly. Even if it’s only for a few minutes or seconds, make that time your own bit of fun and enjoyment in a difficult situation at work or in your personal life. You’re never going to have any fun unless you try to make something out of everything that happens.
7. Try to schedule some downtime
The problem with procrastination is that we all have a tendency to wait until there’s absolutely no other choice available. If you become very busy, then you’ll simply put off getting things done until the backlog becomes insurmountable or it’s too late to do anything. The solution is simple: plan downtime, the more time you can dedicate to work projects and tasks, the better!
8. Enjoy your accomplishments
Whenever you achieve something good in your life, celebrate it! Let it be known that you were successful at something and then bask in the glory of your accomplishment. Give yourself a pat on the back for doing well and for working hard. You deserve it!
9. Connect with others
One thing is for certain: you’ll never find happiness in life if you’re not happy with yourself nor connected to others around you. It’s always better to be in touch with friends and family than to be completely alone. So don’t let the weekends go by without checking in with someone to say Hi or maybe just ask how they’re doing.
10. Take control of your life
Make a plan for what you want, need or want to achieve for yourself each day. Don’t rely on anyone else; make a plan for your own future and that way you will understand what it is that you need to do to make progress. Don’t be a slave to anyone else’s thoughts or plans.
11. Smile more
Smiling and laughing can improve your mood dramatically, even when you are feeling down about how things are currently going in your life. Your body is designed to feel better when you smile and laugh because this causes your own body to release good hormones that help you feel better overall! So, laugh more and focus on the positive things that will help make you smile even more.
Positive living can be used in our lives to improve how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. When we are more positive, our minds and bodies will work better and be more productive. We’ll also have better relationships with other people as well.
Being positive means being aware of the good things that happen to us every day. We should focus on those things instead of always dwelling on the problems that we see in front of us. These are just a few things that you can do to make your life a more positive one.
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