Most of us can’t easily flip a switch to turn on a more positive attitude. However, there are a few really important habits we can create for ourselves that will head us down the direction of thinking more positively on a consistent basis.
1. Gratitude – It’s such a simple thing that most people take gratitude for granted. However, if you start to record your gratitude on a daily basis, you will find that it is difficult to be unhappy when you have so much to be grateful for. Trust me, it works!
2. Fake it Till you Make it – When we consciously decide to put our bodies into a more positive posture, even when we aren’t feeling it, it forces a release of feel good chemicals in our brains. Here’s a great idea. Take a pen or pencil and hold it between your teeth for 5 minutes several times throughout the day. This position forces you to smile thus helping you fake a more positive state.
3. Help Someone Else – It doesn’t matter who but when you take time to connect with someone else that needs your help, you can’t focus on your own negativity. Take the time to help others whether they are in your church, office, community or at a non-profit organization. It will do wonders to shift your attitude.
Each of these activities is easy to do but they are also easy not to do. You have to want to be happier in order for them to work. If you can make that choice, you will be well on your way to being more positive on purpose.
Nicole Bandes is the bestselling author of Positivity on Purpose: Intentionally Create More Abundance, Wealth and Happiness. Go from negative, unhappy and miserable to positive, excited and extraordinary in just 30 days with her Positivity on Purpose Transformational Challenge beginning April 23rd. Learn more and register at http://goldeneaglescoaching.com/poptc/.