Do some people just drain the life out of you? Negative people certainly have a negative effect on those around them. If you make an effort to surround yourself with positive people, you’ll find yourself adopting the attitude of those around you. Practice seeking and associating with positive people.
Focus on your behaviors
Focus on your own behaviors by deciding whether you're being positive or negative in the majority of situations. If negative energy appears to be your default state, work hard to create a more positive outlook in yourself. Change your own behavior in order to start attracting more positive people to your life.
Find a few positive things to write down each week
It may seem like a cheesy thing to do, but writing down what you're grateful for has a big impact on your level of positivity. Just writing down a few of your blessings into words, even once a week, will keep positive thoughts fresh in your mind. Be grateful for having food, water, and a roof above your head. When you're feeling weighed down by negativity, you can turn to your list of blessings to help you feel better.
Check in with your feelings
Realize that having negative feelings will just hurt you, not others. Let those negative feelings go. Talk to a positive friend who can encourage you.
Go easy on yourself
If you feel like your life sucks, chances are you're really hard on yourself. Maybe you feel that what's happening is your fault or you don't think you've been handling it well. Getting rid of self-critical thoughts is essential to staying positive. If you don't think you're capable of dealing with your problems, they'll seem that much bigger and more impossible to conquer. From now on, focus on your strengths and don't dwell on mistakes you've made.
Even if you were responsible for the situation you're in, you have to remember that you're only human. Everyone makes mistakes. All you can do is try something different the next time around. Practice self-love whenever you can. If you find yourself thinking harsh thoughts about your personality or actions, shift your thoughts to something you like about yourself.
Studies show that each happy person you know increases your chance of being happy by 9%. Once you have made a shift in your perception and attitude, it will be easier to surround yourself with others who are positive.
Tune in next week for Part 2!
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