Staying positive in a negative world is difficult, especially if you are sensitive like me. Thoughts are things. They can be measured in alpha and beta waves lengths…therefore, when you are with a negative person or in a negative state of being, the feeling is real. After a while, negativity drags us down, sometimes we are our own worst enemy.
I’ve discovered it takes work to stay positive, but it is well worth it. I’m not saying that being negative isn’t a part of the human experience. We are constantly being challenged and experiencing changes in our lives. It would be unrealistic to be positive all of the time. However, we can be positive most of the time! Here are three things you can do to start changing your state of being negative to becoming more positive.
First, and the most important–start practicing gratitude. The practice of gratitude will start to shift your perspective from always seeing what is wrong in your life, to what is right. It will also shift your focus from what you don’t have, to what you do have. Truth is, if you can’t be grateful for what you have already, how can you be grateful when you get more?
I have had my share of problems and disappointments. However, the practice of gratitude has really helped me become more positive. By repeatedly reconnecting with all of the things that are really important to me, I feel more grounded. It removes the notion of not having enough and replaces it with the realization that I have everything I need, everything that is essential. Gratitude changes everything and it will change your attitude. If you don’t know where to start, start by joining our 7-day Gratitude Challenge next month! It’s FREE!
Second, stay curious! Staying curious is related to personal growth. When we don’t nourish our minds, we stay stuck in the same patterns of thinking. When we learn, we grow and our perspective changes. We start to look at things in a new light. This helps us stay positive by expanding our awareness. Staying curious helps us explore a myriad of options to any given situation bringing hope, and hope brings positivity.
When was the last time you tried something new, watched an educational program, or took a personal growth workshop? The world is an amazing place with so much to teach us. Personal growth is ageless. We are never too old to learn and grow. Personal growth has helped me be a much more positive person because it has helped me realize that we live in a world of unlimited possibilities. Negativity will keep us stuck in our bubble.
Finally, make time to exercise, especially cardiovascular types of exercise such as dancing :), running, walking, anything that gets your heart pumping! Cardio exercises help our body stimulate the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in our brain that are our body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators. It is our natural Prozac!
There have been times when I have walked into one of my dance classes dragging and feeling negative for one reason or another, only to leave with a natural, euphoric high. All of that negative energy was shaken off…literally! It’s like releasing an unseen heaviness in our being.
There are a lot of things in our lives that are out of our control–our attitude is not one of them. Negativity begets negativity. It’s a cycle that keeps us from truly enjoying our life. Life is short…too short for wasting time in negativity.