5 Tips to develop a positive outlook

June 28, 2018

Life is full of obstacles and constant reminders of how difficult it can be. Fortunately, 21st century life means instant access to information, including various ways to counter all the stresses of modern living. Often, the simplest solutions are simply changing the way that you look at things.

Here are five ways you can develop a more positive outlook on life:

Befriend helpful people

“The company you keep determines your character” rings true because many successful people often surround themselves with supportive, encouraging people.

Make and then hold onto those enthusiastic friends who help you to think about yourself in such a way that you want to become an improved version of yourself, and work on your bad habits.

Identify negativity

Look at aspects of your life that you sometimes find negative or difficult, such as work, social life, or chores.

Choose one aspect, and give it undivided attention in your thoughts for a while. Think of ways that you could view in a more positive light, for example, chores can keep you busy, keep your home clean, and give you less time to think negative thoughts about other things.

Find humour

Humour is the spoonful of sugar you take to help the medicine go down easier. It may not be easy at first but finding the humour or being able to smile in challenging moments can really make a difference.

Laughing is healthy and can make even the most difficult day that little bit easier, helping you to cope, instead of putting that energy into complaining or frustration.

Personal affirmations

Having a personal mantra isn’t just about telling yourself good things every day, but making a conscious effort to acknowledge and accept what is true and honest about yourself.

Everybody has positive qualities, and everyone is good at something. Find what you like about yourself, and then remind yourself every day.

Appreciate and show appreciation

Think about what you have, and remember to appreciate it. Showing appreciation to others can be just as effective, for example, thanking friends for taking the time to visit. Thinking about what is right in your life can make you feel good, and this can make you appreciate things even more.

It takes twenty-one days of doing something to turn it into a habit. Try to make positive thinking a habit for 21 days.