Peale had the right idea with this quote. People don’t realize that more often than not, what they think and how they behave is what shapes their world. That is why it is very important to bring positivity into our life. Positivity is a way of life, not just an idea or a feeling. It is something that must resonate within us and radiate from us. But how can a person resonate with positivity, especially during life’s hard times?
The key to resonating with positivity is to take things one step at a time rather than all in one chunk. This means to start with small actions in your life. These small, positive actions will accumulate into something bigger and before you know it, you will be radiating positivity in life without having to try hard.
Here are a few small steps that you can start doing in order to become more positive.
Make a habit of smiling more.
Research has shown that when we (humans) are free to express our emotions, we simply feel those emotions more intensely. Smiling is an expression of happiness and happiness is a positive emotion. You can actively seek out things to smile about–things you know will make you happy. Go window shopping. Go to the park and watch birds. Go to a comedy show and laugh. Tickle a baby. Constantly do things that make you smile and you will constantly be flooded with happiness. Before you know it, this happiness will turn into positive energy.
Read motivational and positive information.
Reasearch has shown that reading can actually help our brains to simulate experiences through someone else’s shoes. Because of this, reading motivational books can help us experience the author’s positive experiences. Reading positivity quotes on a regular basis is a great way to reinforce positive thinking. It is also a good idea to try to read positive news and to try to avoid the negative news.
Change bad habits.
Bad habits can be anything from eating all the wrong things to constantly being late for work. Bad habits have bad consequences and these bad consequences can make us feel negatively. Try replacing bad habits with small, good actions that will eventually develop into an upgradable habit. For example, if you are always late to work, try waking up fifteen minutes earlier than you normally do. Once that becomes a habit, start waking up another fifteen minutes early until that too becomes a habit. It takes about 66 days to develop a habit, so start slowly but consistently and eventually those bad habits will be good habits which will lead to good consequences, which will subsequently lead to positivity in life.
Look for the silver lining.
Don’t be a “glass half empty” type of person. This means that you always see the negative in the situation. Be more optimistic (glass half full). Sometimes when situations blow up in our face, it is much easier to focus on the bad parts. This is what brings you into that negative space. Instead, try to see the silver lining in the situation. If you focus on the silver lining, you can keep the positive energy flowing even in rough situations.
Put yourself first.
Taking care of ourselves is essential to being positive. When we take care of ourselves, we are helping to prevent any health problems. Having constant health problems can be a real downer, and constantly being sick and in a bad mood can make it hard to be positive. This is why, even if we don’t feel like it, we should always take care of ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Even rewarding ourselves for accomplishing small goals is a form of taking care of ourselves.