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How to Have a Positive Attitude in Negative Circumstances
It’s easy to be positive when everything is going good, but how do you keep a good attitude when something not-so-good happens? How do you overcome the urge to give in to the negativity?
Everyone endures a hardship at some point in their life. A close family member is diagnosed with an illness. A loved one dies. A job is lost or a house foreclosed on. No one is exempt from the blows that life is known to deliver.
And, let’s face it, it’s hard to find the good in life when you feel like you keep getting hit on the head and beaten down. So, how do you fight back against the negativity when you don’t feel like you have enough energy?
Be thankful for all you have. Yes, maybe some things are going wrong. And, perhaps they’re big things, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be thankful for all of the good things going for you. Focus on areas of your life where you feel blessed. Make a list of all the things that are right in your world. Do you have a warm bed to sleep in and enough food to fill your tummy? Write it down. Is your family supportive and are your friends there when you need them? Add them to the list. Remind yourself of all the great things in your life and be truly thankful for them.
Take care of yourself physically. It’s hard to feel happy and excited about life when you don’t feel physically well. Eat nutritious, healthy meals and try to get in regular physical activity. Also, make sure you get enough sleep at night to recharge your battery. If you don’t take care of your body, the effects will eventually show. Be proactive and stop any problems before they start.
Take care of yourself mentally. Your mental and emotional self needs just as much attention as your physical self. If you spend your time stressed, anxious and frustrated, your mind never has a chance to turn off. It’s like a computer. If you keep it running all the time and just continue to add more programs to it, you slow it down. It becomes less efficient. Take time every day to just turn your internal computer off by practicing meditation. Wipe your hard drive clean and start fresh and new.
Surround yourself with positive people. Nothing can give you a better attitude than surrounding yourself with people who are positive and energetic. When you’re feeling down, they lift you up. And, when you’re feeling up, they lift you higher. It’s like the positivity multiplies when a group of positive people are together.
Limit your complaining time. Everyone needs to vent every once in a while. If you don’t release something that is bothering you, you may explode, or worse, implode. So, while you don’t want to keep everything in, you don’t want to spend all your time complaining either because just as positivity multiplies, so does negativity. Limit the voice you give negative thoughts and you’ll have more time for the positive ones.
Use positive talk. How you say things matters. Even if you’re struggling, if you talk about how fortunate you are and how great life is, your mind and body will respond accordingly. They’ll focus on the great things in your world because, essentially, that’s what you’ve told them to focus on. Speak it and it will be.
If you’re new to the positive side of life, it may take time to change your old patterns and behaviors. But, keep at it and it will become second nature. Before you know it, you’ll automatically be positive without even trying. And that, my friend, is when happiness begins.