Everybody wants to be happy; to have a life filled with love, health and good fortune. We all know that having a positive attitude feels better than a negative one. We know that positivity fuels success and makes life brighter.
Being positive is an art.
Unfortunately, some of us are often attracted to a negative outlook on things. But negativity brings us down and burdens us with sadness, anger and frustration. It’s overwhelming and can truly take a toll on us – emotionally, physically and spiritually. Negativity is heavy and paralysing. Negativity sucks!
So how can we establish a more positive, balanced and fulfilling outlook on life?
You can start with taking care of yourself. Some of us are natural pleasers, often forgetting to give ourselves a piece of the pie of life. Make yourself a priority. Honour your personal wishes, thoughts and decisions, it promotes happiness and fulfillment.
Be heard and understood!
Support others, give compliments.
Embrace your failures, learn from your hardships and evolve through your challenges.
Don’t gossip. Don’t even listen to gossip. It’s toxic!
Be forgiving of yourself when you do screw up- you’re human, and mistakes are healthy and unavoidable.
See the beauty in yourself and others.
Slow down, take a deep breath. Don’t strive for perfection; strive for happiness, balance and peace.
Say daily affirmations. Repeat them often with conviction until you believe them. Keep repeating them again and again until they become part of who you are!
Avoid negative people- they will take you down.
Remember, positivity is contagious so surround yourself with optimistic, realistic and loving people.
Take a stance for what you believe in. Don’t be a bystander. Make a difference.
Go to yoga. It nourishes your mind and your soul. If not yoga- find another hobby.
Love others and yourself generously.
No more negative self talk- recognize your attributes, skills and wisdom.
And finally, being positive is about finding balance. It’s about allowing yourself to fail, to be down or overwhelmed but then finding the strength and motivation to pick yourself back up.
It’s realizing that difficult life experiences help us to learn and grow.
So my advice is, when life is filled with unexpected stresses and hardships, embrace them, learn from them and then move on! It’s what we do with these experiences that count and in turn make our life outcomes more positive, fulfilling and happy.
By Lisa Brookman
Wise Women Canada, by Liz Wiener and Lisa Brookman, is a lifestyle blog that aspires to bring the community together by sharing the stories that make us human.