“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.” – Goi Nasu
Although much negativity exists in the world, you don’t have to let it affect you. Instead, you can turn your attention to a more uplifting reality and become all the positive changes you wish to see. Send out the energy you wish to receive, and negativity will not be able to attach itself to your spirit. Despite all the horrors and tragedies going on in the world, there are still plenty of ways to keep your wellspring of positivity full.
10 Ways to Stay Positive in a Negative World:
1. Surround yourself with loving people who bring out the best in you.
The company you keep should inspire you, support you, and bring your best self to light. If the people you hang around don’t make you feel loved and respected, it’s time to reevaluate why you chose these people as friends. Focus on people who spread love and a zest for life, not those who perpetuate hate and fear.
2. Smile in celebration of all the good in your life.
You may not feel you have much to smile about, but even your own heartbeat is reason enough to feel happy. Despite your current circumstances, you can turn your whole life around simply by showing thanks for your blessings. Smile because you’re alive and you have the power to create greatness, and life will give you even more reasons to feel alive.
3. Have a positive accountability partner.
You can lovingly keep each other in check by keeping tabs on each other’s energy, and kindly point out when the other one starts to draw in too much negativity. If you catch your partner watching too many negative programs on TV or listening to mindless music on the radio, call them out on it and suggest some alternatives, such as going outside or reading an uplifting book. This will help keep both of your energy levels up, and give you a support system for becoming your best, most positive self.
4. Limit negative media and entertainment.
“The news is where they begin with ‘Good Evening,’ and then tell you why it isn’t.” – Robert Orben
Most of the time, the news, radio, latest big-screen movies, and other modern media portray the world in a shallow, depressing, and hostile way. Too much exposure to these programs might awaken anger, anxiety, or depression in you, which will affect your energy levels. Instead of turning on the evening news, read positive articles like the ones you see on our website, or watch some motivational videos on YouTube. Pretty soon, you will most likely catch yourself craving the positive outlets and keeping the negative ones at bay.
5. Replace negative habits with more positive ones.
Just like limiting your contact with negative media, you can easily replace other negative habits in your life with more uplifting practices. Ditch junk food and incorporate more fresh, whole foods into your diet, or trade shopping for helping out at the local homeless shelter. Just do anything that makes you feel good instead of subjecting yourself to things that make you feel lousy. We were meant to feel vibrant and thrive in this lifetime, so seek out activities and habits that make you feel that way!
6. Practice “flipping your focus”.
Many times, we magnify the world’s problems while forgetting about all the positive aspects of life that are right in front of us. When you catch your mind drifting to the darker parts of this world, focus on things that make you feel light instead: families playing at the park, a stranger smiling at you, or the person who complimented you on your outfit. The world is only as dark as we make it out to be.
7. Laugh more often!
According to a recent study, children laugh 200 times a day while the average adult only laughs 4. If you haven’t laughed yet today, spend some quality time with your kids, watch funny videos on YouTube, or do something silly with friends. The world presents plenty of opportunities to laugh, we just have to take them!
8. Disconnect from the world and learn to enjoy some quiet time alone.
Go to a sacred space in the woods or on the coastline where you feel peaceful and closest to the stillness all around you. Turn off your phone for a while, and just meditate, go within, and embrace some solitude. Avoid over-thinking, center yourself, and get away from all of life’s responsibilities for a while.
9. Give more hugs.
If you have to, wear a free hugs t-shirt and offer people a warm embrace as they walk into the mall or local grocery store. This will help spread the love revolution and increase your positive energy as well; we may have a lot of violence in the world, but a hug can instantly remind us of our true loving nature.
10. Cleanse your mind, body, and spirit.
Your body is your temple, and it’s vital that you keep it healthy and strong so that it can serve as your haven when life starts to throw you curveballs. If you do encounter negative energy, eating whole, raw, plant-based foods will nourish your body and help you keep calm within the storm. Also, smudging your home or body with sage or enjoying a “BLISS Bath” can cleanse your mind and spirit, and allow the positive energy to keep flowing through you.