Did you know your life is a reflection of your mindset and attitude? A positive attitude is essential to your happiness, and also benefits every aspect of your life. Having a positive mind has also been proven to improve health and pro-long life. So, what are you waiting for? Turn around that bad mood and become a master of both your mind and your life following these few top tips.
Become a “silver lining spotter”
If a situation doesn’t go to plan, then find a positive within the outcome. There is always a positive in every situation; you just need to look hard enough to find it!
Keep a gratitude journal
Write down at least 5 things every day that you are grateful for. The more you think about what you are grateful for, the more you will find to be grateful for. Practising the art of gratitude will significantly increase your happiness and well-being.
Choose to believe that there is no failure, only feedback
Imagine for a second if the word “failure” didn’t exist? What would you choose to do, that you are currently afraid to do. My advice to you is to imagine a world where failure doesn’t exist, then live in it!
Don’t look for people that like you, look for people that lift you
Your life will strongly reflect the people that you spend the most time with. Spend time with people that believe in you and your potential. Never be afraid to ask these people for help or advice, because they generally LOVE to help, and will thrive on seeing you rise
Be the real you
Focus more on your strengths than other people’s opinions. Trying to fit in will limit you and your life. Understand that you were never born to fit in, but to stand out
Create random acts of kindness
It has been shown that there is a high correlation between kindness and happiness. Hundreds of studies demonstrate that kindness makes us happier and healthier! Why not send a small handwritten card in the post, telling someone how you appreciate them? Or volunteer occasionally to help others? You will experience a profound shift in mindset by showing kindness on a regular basis.
Seek out stories of those who have experienced adversity (but now live a higher life as a result)
Search YouTube or bookshelves for these stories. Continually remind yourself that “what happens to you, does not define you”. You will experience challenge within your life, but your challenges do not define you. They can, however, help to “find you”. Know that within adversity, there is always a beautiful gift, just waiting to be discovered. Seeking out the stories of others will remind you to look for yours within challenges.
Make memories. Plan fun and adventure into your life
Feed your mind by doing things that fill you with joy and make your heart sing! Write a list of all the fun or adventures that you could have within the next 12 months. Plan these into your year, to ensure that you are experiencing regular joy! Doing what makes you smile should be a strong priority.
Use positive language
If someone asks you how you are feeling, try responding with “I’m feeling great/fantastic/amazing”, instead of “I’m fine”. This will not only lift you but the recipient too! Using positive language will change your brain and strengthen areas of the brain’s frontal lobes! Changing your language will result in changes in your brain and as a result your life.
Words by Maria Hocking