Are you a glass-half-empty or half-full kind of person?
Both types of mindset can impact your physical and mental health. A positive mind is powerful, and with the right attitude, you can achieve a lot in your life. Live life from the inside out, not the other way around. That means you can control what happens to you by maintaining the right mind.
Of course, it doesn't mean everything will always go how you want it, but you can confront it more easily by being positive. Now that you know what developing a positive mindset can do, let's look at some daily steps to help you pursue a happy mind.
Step 1: Surround Yourself With Positive People
Being positive or negative is very contagious, believe me. I remember when I used to be with people who only complains and talk about others I would immediately feel low energy, and angry and would act the same. But as soon as I change my environment and the people I surround myself with everything changed, in a good way.
A positive person can light up a whole room and fill it with energy and good vibes. Surrounding yourself with positive people can improve your self-esteem and increase your chances of reaching your goals. Being around positivity will lift you and help you see the bright side of the most challenging things.
Step 2: Exercise
Exercising increases endorphins, dopamine, adrenaline, and endocannabinoid. These are all brain chemicals associated with feeling confident, happy, capable, and less anxious and stressed. So, try to fit in a little daily exercise.
Most of the time you will feel like not doing it, but all it takes is to start. Every time I don't feel to exercise (like today) I just push myself to get started and then my energy levels go up and I finish my exercise feeling accomplished, energized, and happy.
Step 3: Eat Fresh food
Ultra-processed food can sabotage your happiness and mood. Specifically, overeating sugar long-term can affect your health, including the risk of depression and anxiety. On the other hand, you can feel energized and focused by eating a meal with fresh ingredients foods, such as legumes with vegetables. So, think about what you eat to impact your mood in the best possible way.
There's a reason your gut is called the second brain. 80% of your immune system lives there! If you eat processed food you are killing your good bacteria, your body will not break the food properly, absorb the food nutrients, feel constipated, your mood will be affected and so much more.
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Step 4: Focus On "The bright side of things"
Challenging situations are a part of life, so when faced with one, focus on the good thing. No matter how small it might seem at first. If you look hard enough, you can always find the silver lining in every cloud. For example, if your friend cancels that trip to the cinema, focus on how it frees up time for you to catch up on other things or activities you enjoy.
Step 5: Practice Gratitude
Think of loved ones, moments, or things that bring you comfort or happiness, and try to express gratitude to others at least once a day. Practicing gratitude can help reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and foster resilience even during difficult times. For example, say "thank you" to a coworker for their help, a family member for being there for you, or your pet for the unconditional love — everything counts. I just thanked my laptop for being the vessel for this message.
Step 6: Open Yourself Up To Humor And Laugh
Allow yourself to laugh and be open to humor, especially in difficult situations. That will immediately lighten the mood and make things seem less complicated. You can also play your favorite music and dance your soul out!
Step 7: Start Your Day With A Small Happy Ritual
Muster is an uplifting and positive ritual you can easily do every day, preferably just after waking up. For example:
● Listen to a happy song or playlist, my favorite time is in the mornings to pump me up
● Give yourself a compliment, I love to do it by looking at myself in the mirror
● Do something nice for someone else
Step 8: Meditate
Try boosting positive feelings by meditating. When a negative thought begins to arise, you'll be able to let go, and with time you can train your brain to engage in ideas that feel good instead. I also focus on my body and notice what's going on with all my five senses and get on the present moment.
Step 9: Reframe Your Thoughts
If you find yourself stuck with a negative thought, try the following: Write down negative thoughts and start asking yourself questions about them.
● Is the thought fact or more of an opinion?
● How will you feel about it tomorrow or in a week?
● What would you tell a close friend if they had that feeling?
Then come up with an alternative statement that shifts your thoughts more positively. For example, instead of thinking, "I'm a failure because I made a mistake," believe that you learned a good lesson that will help you grow and improve.
Positive thinking is not a magic silver bullet; it won't make all your problems disappear. But it can push issues to appear more manageable and easier to approach. Studies have shown that people who are optimistic and with general positivity have a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, cancer, infection, and respiratory diseases.
Apart from this, positive thinking is proven to benefit you in the following:
● Better quality of life
● Higher energy levels
● Better psychological and physical health
● Faster recovery from injury and illness
● Fewer colds
● Lower rates of depression
● Better stress management and coping skills
● And a longer lifespan
"Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create."