Staying Positive in a Negative World   

by | May 6, 2024 | Life Coaching

When you live in a polarizing world, maintaining positivity isn’t easy. And looking at the glass as being half full instead of half empty is a skill that not everyone possesses. Why is a positive mindset so important, and how can you go about staying positive and keeping an optimistic outlook on life? Our tips and tricks might be exactly what you need to get started. 

Why is staying positive important? 

First, staying positive is a great way to improve your own outlook on life. Being positive can lead you to have a better self-image, it can help you become and stay motivated, and it can influence others to do the same. As a leader, it’s always important to set a good example of how to live your life. You and those around you will be thankful for it in the long run. 

Positivity will help you become more resilient. Very Well Mind describes resilience as a mental reservoir of strength that people can call on in times of need to carry them through without falling apart. Being resilient can help you remain calm during times of peril, improve your decision-making skills, and help you rise above the difficulties of everyday life. 

These examples show how positive thinking can help you mentally overcome negativity in the world, but remaining positive can also help improve your physical health. Researchers like those at Mayo Clinic found that positive thinking affects the human body … positively! Some of these benefits include: 

  • Increased life span 
  • Lower stress level 
  • Lower rates of depression 
  • Greater resistance to colds and other illness 
  • Improved cardiovascular health 

No matter the situation, odds are it can be improved if approached with a positive attitude and mindset. This doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect if you have a positive outlook, but things will be more manageable because of it.  

How do you become more positive? 

It’s one thing to say you will be positive and completely another thing to actually do it. There are several ways to start thinking about life and yourself more positively. A good place to start is to identify the things or situations you tend to view negatively in your work, your relationships, or even your life at home. You don’t have to work on all of them right away but choose one and focus on improving your attitude toward it. When you catch yourself slipping into a negative headspace, make a note and figure out a better way to approach that subject. 

Recognize your successes and celebrate them rather than dwelling on your failures. When you have a misstep in life, choose to look at it as an opportunity to learn instead of a reason to give up. Focus on the wins and don’t sweat the losses.  

Make it a point to speak about yourself positively.  If you make it a priority to speak it out loud, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your own self-image changes. Believe it or not, you don’t always need to apologize for yourself. Here are a couple suggestions on how to reframe negative thoughts: 

  • Don’t say: “I’m not good at this.” Say: “I’m working on improving.” 
  • Don’t say: “I wish I was better at …” Say: “I’m getting better at …” 

Saying affirmations like this out loud helps you change the way you think about yourself inside your mind.  

Staying positive pays off! 

Just like with everything else, you need to keep at it. Remember that this can take time, but if you implement a few of these ideas into your daily routine, you will be improving your attitude in no time.  

Another aspect that helps keep you positive is community! Check out our blog, “Journey Together: Community Matters,” for thoughts and insights on this!