Becoming a more positive person is definitely one of those “easier said than done” changes. Hey, life knocks you down sometimes, and it’s not always easy getting back up! But to help you start looking at the sunny side of things more often, let’s take a look at a few daily habits of positive people.
1. They focus on the best case scenarios rather than the worst.
Do you ever psych yourself out about doing something because your mind is flooded with thoughts about everything that can go wrong? Honestly, it happens to all of us. Positive people aren’t immune to these thoughts, either. They simply shift their focus to all of the good possible outcomes instead.
2. They stick around more positive people.
While we firmly believe you should be respectful to everyone, that doesn’t mean you need to spend all of your time with people that seem to suck the energy out of you. In fact, you might as well remove those people from your Instagram feed, too! Positive people only surround themselves with other uplifting people, because why let someone else bring you down?
3. They find solutions rather than focusing on problem.
Remember how we mentioned those intrusive thoughts that pester you with negative scenarios? Well, this is along those same lines. Some might claim that positive people aren’t realistic because they simply “cover up” problems with optimistic thinking. This just isn’t true! Positive people recognize problems, but they look for opportunities and solutions rather than dwelling on their shortcomings.
4. They compliment the good in people.
Positive people don’t care about that person on the bus that’s breathing too loud. They don’t get irked by that classmate that’s way too cheery in the morning. And, they don’t let a tardy friend ruin their day. While it’s easy getting a bit irritable by the quirky habits of others, positive people know that complimenting the good in people is a better way to spend their energy.
5. They spend time on themselves.
Many people get uncomfortable with “me” time. They feel like there’s something more productive they can be doing, responsibilities they’re forgetting about, or even that they’re just missing out on a good time with friends. Relax! Positive people know that it isn’t selfish taking time for a little self care, and—in fact—it’s necessary in order to be the best versions of themselves.
6. They live in the present.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Let your past make you better, not bitter?” Great advice, huh? Keep looking forward, but don’t get too far ahead of yourself. Remember that it’s what you’re doing now that will create a future you dream of. That’s exactly why positive people live in the present.
7. They take responsibility for their day.
Let’s say your morning starts out with you sleeping through your alarm, spilling coffee on your white shirt, and getting stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Yikes! That’s not a fun scenario, and you can easily see how someone might carry that negativity with them the rest of the day. Positive people, however, know that the rest of their day is in their control. Brush off that rough morning, as tough as it may be, and go about your day as if nothing is holding you back.