Our perception of the world creates our reality. Things will seem different when you choose to view them from a new perspective. That being said, the world is a much better place when we choose positivity.
Having the right attitude and carrying good energy is key to having success. Getting to the point where positivity is the standard is a great goal. They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Here are five ways you can create a habit of positivity for yourself and jumpstart your best life.
Monitor Outside Influence
It is clear that our environment can have a great impact on our psyche. Everything around us has an effect, some major while others are minor. This is why it is a good idea to pay attention to what we consume on a daily basis.
Even watching drama-filled “reality” television can have an affect if you let yourself get too invested. We should learn what things are entering our minds without us even noticing. Then we can work on finding positive replacements.
Consciously choosing what to we listen to is a step we can take to increase positivity. Music has a way of infiltrating our thoughts, which we know have a lot to do with our energy. I’m sure you’ve had a song stuck in your head at one time or another. Listening to positive, uplifting music is one way to change your vibration.
On days when I need to drastically change my vibe I listen to meditation sounds whether or not I’m not actively meditating. Listening to ASMR is another method that works for some people. Usually used while people sleep, listening to ASMR awake can help flush out and replace the negativity. Try using these forms of relaxing audio.
Avoid the Bullsh!t
We are often the sounding board for our loved ones. People feel comfortable telling us things and sometimes come to us for advice. While that speaks volumes about the way we are viewed by the people we love, it can also be a lot.
People find comfort in getting things of their chest. Sometimes talking about the things that cause stress makes you feel lighter. But we are not required to bear that burden for others. Don’t let people constantly dump negativity on you in the name of venting. If you start to notice this pattern, it’s OK to take a step back for your own mental health.
You can also do your part to shift the focus of the conversation. This one can be tricky, but practice changing the subject without being dismissive. How can we go from a venting session to a solutions conversation? Or how can we work on finding the silver lining?
Whatever your method, doing your part to avoid the bullsh*t is a must.
Practice Positivity Bias
Positivity bias is a useful trick that I’ve learned over the years. It is the tendency to look for the positives in a situation. We are using positivity bias whenever we use phrases like “on the bright side.”
We don’t always have control of the outcome and worrying is sometimes our natural tendency. Logically, being pessimistic can’t change something that we have no control over. So why not choose positivity? It definitely feels better.
This is not to say that we should be blissfully ignorant to reality. Sometimes the reality is things are bad, but being able to see the blessings even in those times is important. The better you get at positivity bias, the more your perspective starts to change. When it becomes your norm, you will be well on your way to creating a habit of positivity.
Put Out Positivity
It’s clear that the things we consume affect us. Equally important, the things we put out also have an effect on us and our environment.
There are tons of ways we can spread positivity in our day to day lives. Positive affirmations are a great way to put out positivity. A positive affirmation is a positive statement or assertion. The more times we repeat a thought or statement, the more it becomes true for us. Spreading positivity through verbal affirmations helps us shift our energy toward positivity.
We are already constantly affirming things through our thoughts. You may not be conscious of it so pay attention now that you’re aware. Make sure those thoughts are good ones.
There are other things we can do to spread positivity. Be encouraged and also encouraging. Share positive messages with people you come into contact with. Smile at strangers. Be helpful when you can. Being a pleasant person attracts pleasant experiences. Nothing is too small when you’re shifting the vibe toward positivity.
If we share positive vibes we’ll attract the right energy back to ourselves. Be the light you’re working to attract.
It is very important that we show gratitude when creating a habit of positivity. Practicing gratitude has been found to reduce anxiety and increase feelings of well-being and happiness.
There are so many good things happening to us. There are also great things happening around us. Think of how fortunate we are to be who and where we are. We’re lucky to have what we have. Let’s face it, things could always be better, but what harm is there in appreciating what is, in the meantime?
Even when everything isn’t peachy, having an attitude of thankfulness for the lessons we’re learning can prove helpful. The more thankful we are, the more we will find to be grateful for. So go ahead and set the gratitude snowball effect in motion.
There’s no ONE way of getting into a positive mindset.
All of these methods take a little practice, but none of them are extremely difficult. Start with one and see how far it takes you. Before you know it, you’ll notice your energy rubbing off on those around you. That or you’ll start to attract more positive people and the negativity will fall by the wayside. Either way, embrace these new vibes and elevate to the next level. You deserve it!