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Tips For Improving Your Positivity

Updated on September 16, 2013

Sometimes looking on the positive side of things is a hard task. Whether it's relationship problems, money worries, arguments with the kids, work or health issues that are getting you down, it can be very difficult to smile in the face of adversity at times.

But it is important to remind ourselves that very often the approach we have to problems has a direct influence on the outcome. If we tackle a bad situation with a negative approach, it is unlikely the results will be good. Engaging a positive mindset and examining problems with an open and pro-active attitude is far more likely to garner good results.

Harnessing the power of positivity is all in the mind. Ask yourself: Are you a glass half full or glass half empty type of person? If you are the latter, it's time to start working on your mental attitude. Raising levels of positivity will have benefits in all areas of your life. Here are some quick and easy tips to help you get started on a new road to self-discovery and elevated happiness levels...

Shift your focus

Don't dwell on what you don't or can't have, focus instead on the things you want. There is an important distinction between the two things! Don't be passive, take action to change the things you are dissatisfied with. To grow confidence, inner happiness and fulfilment you must expect to be successful, not to fail. Everything can be framed in a positive way, it just takes a little effort at first. There is a positive side to all situations, but if you are not naturally a positive thinker, it can take a while to acquire the habit. But it is possible!The phrase I can't has no place in the mind of a positive thinker.

Do not spend too much time with people who have a negative outlook as this can bring you down. Make the effort to be appreciative of others and they in turn will be appreciative of you – this can result in an upward spiral of positive energies beneficial to all. Famous inspirational quotes, smiling at yourself in the mirror, talking to your guinea pig, singing in the rain, watching silly cat videos on youtube – whatever positivity triggers work for you, embrace them wholeheartedly.

Be nice to yourself

Feeling positive about ourselves is deeply connected with the way we present ourselves to the world. Confidence boosts can be achieved by visiting the hairdressers for a new cut and style or a session at the beauticians – whatever makes you feel happier in yourself. Whether your visit to your beautician is for a make over or to undertake some long term changes by undertaking non medical facial treatments such as dermal fillers or botox treatments. Regular exercise will make you feel mentally sharper and the endorphins that are generated by physical activity will have a positive effect on your mood. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables will not only give you great energy but will show in your outward appearance, giving you skin that glows. Remember that when we have energy, the positivity flows so much more freely...

Become a social animal

Go out and see your friends as much as possible. Social interaction is one of the most effective ways to ramp up the positivity ratings. We are not naturally solitary creatures, so go out there and get mixing.

Learn something new

If you feel stuck in a rut learning a new skill is a great way to feel good about yourself. Remind yourself how amazing you are by learning a new dance (Salsa classes are bursting with positive people), a foreign language or dressmaking, for example. Attending classes with like minded people is a great way of making new friends as well. Voluntary work is a good way of pushing you out of your comfort zone, meeting new faces and learning more skills – all of which will have the knock on effect of elevating your personal positivity levels.

Share out the positives

Take pleasure in the great things about your life. Your family, kids, friends, pets, the beautiful landscape outside the window, the excitement of the vibrant city on your doorstep – we all have good things in our lives, it's just a case of recognising them. Sharing positive feelings and thoughts with others is behaviour which rewards in many ways, just try it out and see.

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