Exactly how full is your glass?
Picture a big glass goblet filled to the halfway mark with water. How do you see it—half-full or half-empty?
Consistently finding the glass half-empty—and perceiving the world as a difficult place— is a hallmark of negativity.
Research has found that a negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease, and lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of your relationships, your social life, and even your ability to hold down a job.
Now imagine what it would feel like to approach life from a place of positivity; with an outlook rooted in having fun, making strong connections, enjoying good health, and seeing endless possibilities. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
6 Simple Tips to Make a Positive Switch
To help wipe out negativity, try one or more of the following action steps:
- Go complaint-free. Try going an hour without complaining and see the positive things in your life. Extend this to a full day, then a week, a month, a year; keep working on it until it becomes ingrained in your psyche.
- Keep a gratitude journal. Each evening, list 10 or more things that you are grateful for.
- Give compliments freely. Notice the good in others and praise every person you interact with.
- There is beauty everywhere in your world. Notice it, revel in its gorgeousness, and truly appreciate it.
- Share your good news with your loved ones. Studies show that sharing happy events brings even more happiness.
- Focus on what you want, not what you don’t want.
Maintaining a positive outlook takes practice, and the more you do it, the easier it gets. The payoff is a happier, healthier life, and we guarantee that it’s absolutely worth the effort.