Staying positive in the face of despair, hardship and pain can pose a struggle.
Positivity in recent times has become nothing but an illusion for people because, news outlets, bloggers, the social media space and the physical environment as a whole are filled with gory and heartbreaking news, safe to say everything in recent times boils down to bad news and negativity.
A positive mindset simply means having positive expectations that things will turn out right and that you would succeed.
So Why Exactly Should You Have A Positive Mindset?
There are several reasons why you should possess a positive mindset, not only does it give you a sense of relaxation and increases your sense of humour it also reduces the risk of developing hypertension. Staying positive has very little to do with money, you do not necessarily need money to be happy it is simply a matter of attitude.
It gives you the necessary motivation you need to achieve your set goals and dreams as motivation is a positive trait to have. It gives you a push forward and encourages you to overcome obstacles.
How to Have A Positive Mindset
Make a list
Write down all the activities that make you happy and try to find those things in all your experiences, make a habit out of pinpointing those little things that made you happy and build on them, even in the face of despair. You should also realise that circumstances do not determine your happiness but rather it is your interpretation of the circumstance that determines your happiness.
Also accept that your happiness is your responsibility and no one else, so whatever meaning you attach to your circumstance is what determines your happiness.
Surround Yourself With Positive People
Only allow good, supportive, innovative, uplifting, and positive people into your space and distance yourself from naysayers and negative thinkers irrespective of how long you have been friends with them, because whether you like it or not their thinking would have an effect on yours.
Banish Negative Self-Talk
Learn to be your own personal positive cheerleader, be your biggest fan and always acknowledge your wins, no matter how little they are. It helps you keep track of your progress. Try to have positive thoughts and retrace your steps any time you catch yourself having negative thoughts.
Remember do not gossip and complain about other people, learn to talk to people directly if you have a problem with them.
Give thanks and be grateful for both the little and big things in your life, that way you begin to realise you have so much to be thankful for.
You could try keeping a diary, where you record everything you are grateful for at the end of each day because an attitude of gratitude is a sure way to get you on a positive vibe.
In conclusion, as earlier said it might seem like everything looks bleak and there is nothing great to look forward to but try to remember that there are still other things to be grateful for, there is life, and with life comes hope.