How to keep a positive mindset in a world overrun by negativity
Many people believe that a positive mindset is an emotion akin to happiness or excitement. But emotions are fleeting. In reality, a positive mindset is a daily, hourly and minute-by-minute choice to see the good in everything. Or perhaps it's actually the choice to see the bad, acknowledge it, and celebrate anyway.
By choosing to have a positive mindset, you won't be erasing the hardships, struggles or pain that come with life on earth, but you'll be able to see beyond them to brighter days. Some of the most successful, wealthy and prominent influencers throughout history have all been positive thinkers—that should tell you something.
So, what are some ways that you can build up your positive-thinking muscles?
Thinking positive can be incredibly difficult without self-confidence. A proven self-confidence boost is repeating affirmations that enhance your self-image. Words like, "I am strong, I am beautiful, I am powerful, I can and will achieve all of my goals," not only boost confidence but will also improve your overall mood.
Give a compliment. Hold the door for a stranger. Leave a generous tip for an overworked waiter or waitress. Offer a hug to someone in need. Even small acts of kindness can have a huge impact. Think back on a time when someone's kindness affected you. Positivity blossoms in environments of generosity and kindness. Being a light in someone else's life can ignite a candle in your own heart.
Did you know that the top executives and CEOs of multi-million-dollar corporations read on a daily basis? And most of them read 4-5 books per month. This isn't because reading is their favorite pastime, but because they know the benefits of getting the right input on a consistent basis.
Instead of settling in for another night of Netflix or CNN, try taking a few minutes out of your day to read a book on a subject you'd like to learn more about. If even the thought of reading is something that makes you cringe, cry or faint, start off with a picture book (seriously). The belief you build in yourself as you commit to a task and follow through will make you want to continue reading, and soon you'll be cracking open 500-page novels.
A key component to having a positive outlook on life is learning to find joy in the little things. An easy way to begin doing this is to keep a notebook on your bedside table and write down ten things you are grateful for every night before bed or when you wake up in the morning. These can be things as simple as the delicious meal you had for dinner or as complex as the ability to see, smell, hear, taste and touch. If you're having difficulty finding anything to be grateful for, think of others who might not be as fortunate as you. It's easy to be grateful when you consider that your worst day might just be someone else's best day.
Perhaps the most obvious and helpful tip we could offer is to cut the negative out of your life. Imagine your life as a glass filled with muddy water. This is your negative. By pouring fresh, clean water (positivity) into your glass, the muddy water is diluted. The more positivity that flows in, the more diluted your glass. However, if you continue to muddy the water by inviting negativity into your life, it doesn't matter how much clean water flows in. Your glass will always be a little muddy. Cutting out any negative habits, relationships or thoughts is the first step in living a positive life.
"The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible."