By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
Want a more positive life, try these happiness tips.
Positive people are a lot happier and more productive than people who see everything in a negative light. Pessimistic people like to say they’re just being realistic. It is possible to be very positive and still see life in a realistic manner. Being positive also has the side benefit of making you more fun to be around. Take a look at some of these positivity tips and see if applying them to your life would be beneficial.
1. Be kind to yourself to become more positive.
Cruelty makes the world an awful place. Being cruel to yourself is a very unhelpful practice. Begin your efforts to be more positive by being kind to yourself. As you began to treat yourself better it will become easier and easier to treat others well. Kindness is a close cousin to positivity.
2. Use positive affirmations to multiply your positivity.
The things you say to yourself, about you, have a habit of coming true. Adopt the practice of using positive affirmations. Each day, tell yourself something positive about you. Find positive sayings that will motivate you to do your best. Make sure these positive affirmations are things you really believe are possible. Positive affirmations can do a lot to motivate you.
3. Giving yourself credit for things well done builds a more positive outlook.
Make sure that you recognize the things that you do well. Believing in yourself and accepting credit where credit is due are parts of becoming more positive. Are you one of those people who find it hard to accept a compliment? There’s nothing wrong with accepting praise and compliments when they are deserved. Becoming willing to recognize when you’ve done something well is one of the steps along the path to a more positive life.
4. Develop a positive support system.
The more you hang out with people, the more you begin to adopt their habits and attitudes. To be one of the positive people make sure that you hang out with other positive people. Work on enlarging your support system. Surround yourself with people who will support you in being more positive.
5. Take responsibility for your life.
There may be many things in your life over which you have no control. Two things you do have control of are your attitude and your actions. No one but you can truly make you happy. While they may set situations in motion, situations better to your liking, you will choose whether to be happy or to be disappointed with what they have done for you. The happy, positive life is a matter of personal responsibility.
6. Please yourself first for a more positive life.
No matter how hard you try there are some people you will never be able to please. Work on doing the things that will please you. If you don’t please yourself no amount of doing and pleasing others will make you happy. Being positive enlarges your happiness.
7. Get clear on your yes’s and no’s.
Do the thing you want to do. Say no to the things you don’t wish to do. Get clear on which is which. Positive people stay positive by eliminating that negative and those no’s from their life. Spend your time on the things you really want to accomplish for a more positive life.
8. Focus on the lesson you learned not what you did wrong.
Don’t make the mistake of focusing all your attention on your errors. Part of the process of learning is making mistakes. It is OK to be less than perfect. What you do need to do is make sure that you learn from the mistakes as you make them. Positive people believe that mistakes are them learning another way that won’t work.
9. Plan, not ruminate, to be more productive.
Don’t spend a lot of time going and over and over things that happened in the past. Avoid a lot of time worrying about things that might happen in the future. Keep your focus on the present moment and on planning for what you are going to do.
Staying connected with David Joel Miller
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Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.
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Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.
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Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.
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