Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to be More Positive Minded

Take stock of what you have instead of what’s missing.The best tip I've read to being happy is not to think you'll be happy when you're skinny, rich,  married, or buy whatever, but to realize that you can be happy right now by appreciating what you do have instead of always thinking about what you don't have. Don't think about what's missing in your life, think about what really matters. I keep a gratitude journal when I travel and I want to recommend the site Grateful 160 as a great way to maintain a daily gratitude journal for yourself, it's a fantastic way to attract more positive things into your life. The way it works is everyday the website sends you an email asking you what you're thankful for today. So it encourages you to look for positives in everything. At the end of the week it sends you an email with a recap of what you've said. It helps you keep everything in perspective.

I talked about negative friends before and wanted to re-emphasize that, don't spend time with people who don't treat you well. Miserable people will drain you. Negative people influence you with their behavior. Surround yourself with people who lift you up, encourage you to be a better person, are there for you and value and cherish you.

Exercise - it's been shown to increase serotonin levels in your brain to make you feel good. Cameron Diaz said in her book that being healthy is not a gift, it's a habit. She asks that you trust yourself that you are worth the effort and to believe in yourself. You have to challenge your thoughts to talk to yourself in a positive manner. Don't ruminate on the things that bother you. The more you dwell on something the worse something gets. Focus on what's unique and amazing about you, not what's wrong. If you can't be happy with what you have, how do you know that having xyz will make you happier? Always remember that there are people out there who have less than you and are happy. There is always something in your life to be thankful for, you just have to find it. The trick is to enjoy what you have, and stop wishing for what you don't have. So you can stop waiting for tomorrow to be happy and be happy right now!

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