We’ve all had those days – trapped in a constant cycle of self-doubt, sadness, and hopelessness. Waiting for the day until we finally achieve a constant state of happiness. We fail to realize that happiness isn’t a byproduct of success, wealth, social status, etc. Happiness is an internal state of mind that you can create for yourself, regardless of what your situation, career, or life may be.
That’s right, you heard it – happiness is a choice! Even in times of pain and suffering, you can choose happiness by making conscious choices and by incorporating positive changes in your lifestyle.
Want to know what you can do to finally find personal happiness? Ask no more! I have 5 things you can do to attain a positive mindset!
- Surround yourself with positive people.
I am a firm believer in the idea that you are who you surround yourself with. Let go of toxic people who don’t support your goals or personal growth. Even though it may be difficult, it is important to always put your happiness first.
You need to be around people who make you laugh and enjoy life when you’re with them! Surrounding yourself with people who genuinely care for your well-being and happiness is important because it guarantees that you’ll always have a great support system. Make it a priority to be with friends who uplift you and are constantly pushing you to be the best version of yourself!
- Transform negative thinking into positive thinking.
Do you know who’s your worst critic? YOU. As a society, we tend to focus on criticizing every little thing about ourselves. Maybe you don’t like your hair or you’re not rich enough or you don’t like your weight.
Whatever it may be, these pessimistic opinions that are constantly running through your mind will inevitably lead you to create a negative view of yourself. That’s not how you should be living! Lucky for you, this thought process can be changed!
How? With positive self-talk!
To do this, you’ll need to pay careful attention to the voice in your head and counter your negative thoughts with positive ones. For example, instead of thinking “I suck at this project and I keep failing,” try to say “I know I’ve been trying my best. Maybe I can just try a different approach.”
- Practice gratitude.
Let’s be real. There is always going to be someone somewhere in the world that has it worse than you. That’s not to say that your negative emotions aren’t valid, but taking time out of your day to practice gratitude is a great way to constantly see the good in your life.
If your mind and thoughts are always heavily concentrated on what isn’t going great in your life, you need to stop and begin to cherish the little things that do go right. There are many ways you can do this, but I found it especially helpful to keep a gratitude journal.
Every morning, write down three things you are grateful for and reflect on them. It can be something as simple as being appreciative that you were able to eat your favorite breakfast that day! Never forget – gratitude is critical in achieving happiness!
- Incorporate humor into your life.
In times of difficulty, it can be challenging to find a silver lining. But if one thing is for certain, it’s that life is better when humor and a bit of optimism are involved! Even if you are experiencing the worst hardship of your life (loss of loved one, health issues, heartbreak, etc.), it is crucial to remain accepting of laughter and amusement.
You can do something as simple as binge-watching a comedy show on Netflix or laughing at funny cat videos! Do something that you know will definitely have you laughing. After all, they say laughter is the best medicine!
- Practice self-care.
You need to learn how to physically and mentally prioritize yourself and your well-being. I cannot say that enough! Eat better, sleep more, exercise, spoil yourself with a shopping spree, etc. Whatever self-care is to you, do it (as long as it’s positive of course)!
Making an effort to take care of your physical and mental health will allow you to focus your energy on optimistic thinking!
So there you have it! 5 things you can do that will help you achieve a positive mindset! I sincerely hope that you make the effort to incorporate these things into your daily routine so that you can be the happiest version of yourself!
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