10 Ways to Be More Positive (Even During Struggles)

10 Ways to Be More Positive (Even During Struggles)

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If you want to be more positive, there are many ways you can work to do it. Even during hard times, when you are struggling, you can be more positive if you have the right mindset. With some changes, you can make your life and your positivity all the time.

Developing this mindset likely means making some changes to your life. These changes will be for the better, however, and they will quickly become welcome habits. The changes will help you with overcoming negativity and living a happier life, even amidst hardship.

Not everyone naturally has a positive mindset, but anyone can learn to develop one. Following these tips will help put you on the right path if you want to be more positive. After a short time, the changes you make will become a habit, and it won’t take so much work anymore.

You deserve to live the best life you possibly can. Negativity will not allow that to be possible. Make sure to work on being more positive so you can be happy in all moments of your life.

Ten Ways to Be More Positive Every Single Day

Here are ten actionable tips you can try to maintain your positivity.



1. Spend Time with Positive People

The people you surround yourself with play a big role in your positivity or negativity. If you spend your time with positive people, you will experience more positivity, even during struggles. Likewise, if you spend your time with negative people, you’ll experience negativity.

Don’t let other people bring you down. Instead, spend your time with those who bring positivity. Choose people who bring out the best in you and encourage you to be your best. They will support you during the hard times and help you through.

It’s important to remove the negative people from your life. They are toxic, and it can harm your mindset, even if you try not to let them. Negative people will keep pulling you back down instead of helping to lift you.

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Life will throw you off balance, but a grateful heart won’t let that stop you. (tweet this)

 



2. Show and Express Your Gratitude

One sure way to be more positive is to practice gratitude. Doing this will give you a positive perspective because you’ll remember what is most important in your life.

You’ll think about all the things you have and the people who love you. Gratitude will help you through even the hardest times while still staying positive. Anytime you feel negativity setting in, mentally think of all the things you are grateful for.

In particularly struggling times, it may be hard for you to remember all the great things in your life. If that is the situation you are in right now, consider some of these things:

-gainful employment



-a bed to sleep in

-the sun shining

-a smile from a stranger

-your loved ones



-a healthy body

You could begin keeping a gratitude journal to help you remember all these great things. Write in it each day and list a couple of things you are grateful for, no matter how small. When you are struggling to stay positive, pull out your journal, and read over some of your old entries.
When you write in a gratitude journal daily, you may not struggle to remember good things, either. It will become a habit to identify the good each day, allowing you always to stay positive. This habit will help you identify the good things during struggling moments, too.

3. Improve Your Posture

If you are struggling to be more positive, your posture could have a huge impact. Instead of slouching, stand up or sit up straight with your shoulders back and chin high.

If it helps, stretch your arms out for a couple of moments as it’ll help you feel more powerful and positive. When you make these changes, it will help you be more positive. After a while, your posture and positive mindset will become habits that you won’t have to think about anymore.

4. Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

Many people don’t know that you can trick yourself into being more positive. By smiling when you don’t want to, you will send a signal to your brain that you should be happy. Then, you’ll experience a boost in your mood.

Smile when you are at work or out in public. You can even smile while you are sitting at home if you are feeling down. It doesn’t matter where you are. This simple trick can make a huge difference.

Keep in mind that if you smile at someone else, they will likely smile back. Not only does smiling boost your mood, but receiving a smile from someone else will, too. Then, both you and the person who smiled back will experience a boost in your emotional well-being.

5. Do Something Nice When You Don’t Have To

When you do nice things for people, you’ll experience a boost in your mood and feel more positive. Donating to a charity or helping a friend or family member are great ways to do this. Or, you can do a random act of kindness for a stranger.

No matter what you choose to do or who you choose to do it for, it’ll be beneficial to you. When you do this, it allows you to forget about your troubles and focus on someone else. It’ll give you a new perspective and allow you to live a more positive life.

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Look for something positive in every day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. (tweet this)

 

6. Call a Friend or Family Member

When you have strong relationships with your loved ones, you’ll experience more positivity. Just a few close people in your life can make all the difference. These people should be the ones that are supportive and are there for you.

When you’re going through a difficult moment, think of the person you can call. Whether they can help you with your situation or just talk to you about it, it’ll leave you feeling more positive. However, if you choose to isolate yourself, it’ll only make the situation worse and cause negative thoughts.

7. Watch Your Thoughts for Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is one of the most detrimental things you can do to yourself. It’s unproductive and offers no positive or effective solution to your problem. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and remember that you can get through any struggle positively.

When you notice your thoughts or words are negative ones, change them. Make an effort to think positively and say good things to yourself instead. Then you can have more positive energy and produce better results.

8. Always Look for Something Positive

Even in the hardest moments, look for something to be positive about. Any little thing will help boost your spirits and foster positivity.

You could think about the sun shining or your favorite song playing on the radio. Even seeing a nice bouquet or field of flowers could be your positive moment.

Other times, it may not be so easy to recognize something positive, but it is there if you look for it. Even if the positive thing is that you had a learning experience, it will help you feel better. No matter what the situation is, always look for something positive, and you’ll experience positivity.

9. Celebrate Everything You Can

You don’t have to wait for major events to celebrate. Instead, you can celebrate little things like completing an assignment or finish your to-do list.

When you celebrate these smaller things, you’re giving more meaning to your life. Plus, it’ll give you something to look forward to once the task is done. This will make the tasks easier to handle and help you be less stressed.

10. Get Adequate Rest

Sleep is essential when it comes to your mental health. If you don’t get enough sleep, you are sure to become stressed out and negative. The longer the lack of sleep continues, the more negative you will become.

According to the National Institutes of Health, you should try to get at least seven hours of sleep each night. This way, you can start your day positively and continue it that way.

If you do this, you will be well-rested, less irritable, and think more clearly. This will help avoid negative thinking and negative self-talk and promote constant positivity.

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Final Thoughts on Finding New Ways to Be More Positive

Life can’t always be perfect, and there will be struggles, but you can still work to be more positive. When you do, the hard times won’t be as difficult to handle, and you’ll be happier. Plus, you’ll produce better work and have a more positive influence on your relationships.

It all comes down to your perspective in life and the environments you spend time in. By making some of the changes mentioned, you will be on the right path to a more positive lifestyle. Not all of the changes will be easy immediately, but give yourself time and grace, and you will get there.

By doing so, you’ll be allowing yourself to be more positive even during struggles. You’ll see the learning opportunities and positivity in every situation you encounter.



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Sarah Barkley is a lifestyle blogger and freelance writer with a degree in Literature. She is experienced in all things related to parenting, marriage, and life as a millennial parent, but loves to learn new things and will take on any topic. When she isn't writing, she is immersed in a book or watching Gilmore Girls.

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