Do you see yourself as a positive person? Is your glass half full or half empty?
Naturally, as human beings, we can’t be positive 100 percent of the time. It’s true that even the most positive person has bad days when they may feel stressed, angry or focus on the negative side of things. However, I’m referring to your predominant outlook on life.
So, what helps a positive person stay positive? This topic interests me, so I did a little research. I found that people with a more positive outlook work on their perspective. This is something which needs to be regularly cultivated, it doesn’t just happen on its own.
If you’re looking to embrace a more positive approach in your life, you consider to focus on developing some of the following traits:
Embrace fun and joy every day
It’s about finding the fun aspect in everyday activities. Try different ways of doing little things and build up to include others in the fun, in order to bring joy into your own life and the lives of others.
Give your best in every situation
Whether attempting something new or simply doing something they’ve mastered long ago, a positive person puts in a stellar effort and does their best.
Realise that failure is an important part of learning
Failure is part of learning. Ask yourself, “What can I learn from this?” If you make a mistake, own it and make a promise to do better next time. Say “I’m sorry” when required and move on.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill
Each day, find at least 3 things to be grateful for:
- Name a person you’re grateful for – this can be in your past or present
- Something which happens or you notice during your day
- Something small – this could be something another person did, or perhaps something you usually take for granted, but appreciated more today
Practice kindness towards yourself and others
Lighten up, and take it easy on yourself. Nobody is perfect. It’s important to have realistic expectations of yourself and other people. Do you sometimes expect too much from others, and then you’re disappointed when the other person doesn’t meet those expectations? You may want to rethink this approach.
Be open to feedback and improvements
Once again, nothing and no one is perfect – everything can be improved upon. While it can sometimes be difficult to hear (and not always warranted), it’s important to take feedback in your stride and adjust your approach when necessary. Sometimes the perspective of another person can offer the most refreshing improvements which enhance your project.
We all like to have a good whinge every now and then, but if we complain regularly, it becomes quite monotonous for those around us. Try imagining you’re going to be fined each time you complain. Each time you hear a negative thought, stop and challenge yourself to turn it around into a positive. If you can’t make it positive, just keep it to yourself!
Be willing to take chances
Those who are willing to take a chance are more likely to find opportunities in their path. By conquering fear, or at least not allowing fear to control us, we’re more likely to make progress and find success.
See the best in other people
Rather than gossiping, bitching or back-stabbing, positive people have the knack of always being able to find the good in other people. You may need to look a little harder with some people, but everybody has SOMETHING good in them, don’t they? Learning to be tolerant and accept others for who they are and how they live their life also helps boost positivity.
Give, Give, Give
Practicing kindness and helping others often helps us find happiness and gain a true sense of compassion, goodwill and humanity. Whether we give our time, money or services, helping others can bring reward beyond measure.
Smile and laugh
Science has proven that smiling and laughing help reduce stress. Smiling also relaxes the facial muscles and calms the nervous system, while laughter sends more oxygen to your brain!
If you’re a positive person, what do you think helps you keep your positive attitude? Please let me know in the comments section below.
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