5 Simple Ways to Stay Positive

If there is anything that life has taught me, it’s the importance of having a positive attitude no matter what the situation is. That’s pretty easy to do if you’re happy or in a good place, but it’s a lot more difficult to remain upbeat when the stakes are down.

I’d like to share with you five mantras that I’ve found help me maintain positivity, even during challenging times.

1. Breathe.

Sounds simple, right? Sure—breathing is a natural part of living, and one that we might not really pay much attention to in most cases. I’ve found that a really simple way for me to keep perspective and focused on the bigger picture is to pay attention to my breathing, especially during times of stress.

Each day I take time to take a few deep breaths while tuning the world out. You don’t need to meditate for hours to clear your mind and calm your spirit.

It’s especially important to think about breathing when you’re under stress. Instead of responding right away when you’re faced with a difficult situation, try paying attention to how your body is reacting. Once you begin to develop this habit, you’ll be surprised at how big of a difference it can make to your overall mindset.

2. Be the light.

Deliver positivity to others and you’ll soon discover that you’re also maximizing it within yourself.

During times when I’ve felt a little sad or down, the absolute best boost for my spirit is to do something for another person that is unexpected. It doesn't have to be something big- even helping an individual with their groceries or holding the door for someone can make a huge difference to them, and to you.

Helping others out unexpectedly has never failed to make me instantly feel happier.

3. Examine your circle.

Select carefully those that you spend the most time with. 

Maintaining a good attitude is much easier to do if you surround yourself with positive people. I’m not advocating that you only see the world through rose-colored glasses, I’m saying that you should evaluate the attitudes of those around you and take note of how they affect you. When you walk away from conversations or events with certain individuals, how do you usually feel? If you realize that you’re always feeling zapped or negative, it might be time to reassess your circle.

If you work and are in an environment where you can’t dictate the people that you’re with, make an effort to always be friendly even when faced with negativity and to keep your interactions upbeat and focused on your professional tasks.

4. Get outside.

I’m still surprised at how much of a positive difference taking the time to get outdoors can make in my life. When you’re busy during the day and running from place to place, it’s easy to overlook it as a really simple way to boost your positivity.

When I’m feeling stressed, sometimes I’ll just take a minute, step outside and look up at the sky or challenge myself to find something that strikes me as beautiful or moving. I know it’s easy to find comfort in the internet and get lost indoors, but taking the time to get some sunlight and appreciate the world around you can do wonders for your mindset.

5. Negative happens.

Accept that negative feedback, whether personal or professional, will happen, so you need to learn how to respond to it.

It’s a given that you’re going to run into criticism or negativity. That is a simple fact of life. How you respond to it is your choice.

Many times, if you decide that feedback, even in the harshest forms, could hold some truths, you can maintain your positivity by looking for ways to improve yourself and grow as a person. Deciding on a daily basis that you will not respond negatively to others despite their attitude toward you can empower you and over time creates a wonderful foundation for a positive life.