Dictionary.com describes positivity as, the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.
What do you do to remain positive?
Do you have a handle on how positive you remain throughout the week, the month, the year?
Consistently remaining positive can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. Most people have no idea where to start.
We’ve compiled a list of 15 super motivating positivity hacks so positive thinking can become an effortless habit.
15 Super Motivating Positivity Hacks
Make a list of what makes you happy. Do you know what makes you happy? Like, really makes you happy? Everyone defines happiness differently. You have to define what being happy means to you. Happiness to you may mean being able to stay in and do nothing. While happiness to someone else means going out with friends. When you are unclear about what makes you happy, you’ll tend to find yourself going down a rabbit. You’ll find yourself doing things for other people to make them happy without clearly defining the things that make you happy.
Break huge problems into smaller one’s. Problems can seem overwhelming when you focus on the whole problem vs breaking it up into smaller chunks. Next time you’re having what appears to be a “huge” problem. Sit down and thoroughly think through the problem. Next, write down all of the actionable steps to take to solve the problem. Breaking one big problem into 5 (or however many you need) steps, makes it feel like less of a burden. Take this action every time you encounter a big problem. It’ll make your life so much easier.
Practice gratitude. Your days are most likely busy. It’s easy to believe that the day was horrible and not one thing went right. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. First of all, you woke up this morning and not everyone was fortunate enough to do so. It’s easy to let the day get away from you and focus on the negative instead of the positive. Make it a habit to write down atleast 3 good things that you are grateful for. Don’t limit yourself to 3, write down more if you can think of more.
Focus on the positive. This will take some time to master but make an effort anyway. Even when you encounter a situation that has you defeated. Find the positive in it. This may be hard to believe, and you may have difficulty accepting this as truth at first. But, everything that happens to us, is for us. The seemingly negative things are beneficial because they help you to become better. Can you think of a situation where something bad happened and years later you can appreciate and be grateful for it? Everything that happens to you helps you to become a better individual. It helps to shape and mold you into a better human being. It also helps you to develop certain qualities about yourself that will be beneficial to you in the future.
Welcome trials. Bring on the trials! A trial is no match for you. They help you to become better. They also help you to become even more grateful. There are many trials that may hit you while in college. Your car may break down and you don’t have the money to fix it. Most nights you may have to settle for cup noodles vs going to your favorite restaurant due to a lack of funds. But you’ll make it through. You will survive.
Let it go. Dwelling on the past is pure torture. There’s no need to keep playing the events from the past in your mind over and over again. Let it go and move on. You may say, “but what I went through was the worst thing ever.” While that may be true, today you are alive and well. Be grateful for another opportunity to get it right. This may sound harsh, but you’re causing yourself unnecessary misery by living in the past.
Be happy with who you are right here, right now. Vow to stop playing the comparison game. Promise yourself that you will stop wishing you were more like him or more like her. Make no mistake about it, you are who are for a reason. Embrace every single curve, personality trait and physical trait. There are some things, no matter how hard you try, you can’t change. So you might as well get used to it and embrace every single part of you. You are amazing, no matter what people try to make you think. People will try to make you feel bad about yourself, but you are in control of what you think about you!
Face your fears your fears are holding you back. Fear is the reason why you know you can do so much more. But you have yet to turn your life around. If there is something that you fear doing, it is indication that you should be doing it! Fear normally comes up because most people fear failure and or the outcome. Here’s some advice, do your best and forget the rest.
Get some air. Staying in the house all day isn’t really that healthy. Fresh air and sunshine does the body good. You’ll get in your daily dose of vitamin D and the sun rays will feel amazing on your skin. One of the best things you can do on a bad day is get out of your bed and go for a walk. Staying in bed only allows you to continue to feel sorry for yourself. Going outside helps you to feel more energized and motivated.
Drink water. Keep yourself hydrated. The easiest way to do this is to always make sure you have a bottle of water nearby. You are more likely to drink water when it is readily available instead of grabbing juice or a soda at the vending machine. If you do not care for water, try some infused water recipes. We actually happen to have an infused water recipe on the blog, check it out!
Stop making up problems. Most people do it, it doesn’t matter the situation, people always find themselves asking, but what if this (usually something bad) happens. Well, what if nothing bad happens. What if everything you can imagine of good happened. What if the best thing in your wildest dreams came true? If you sit and write down all of your thoughts on paper and then read them back to yourself you would realize how ridiculous you sound. People literally make up problems because of how they were raised or certain experiences they’ve had. Train yourself to focus on all of the positive things that could happen. This doesn’t mean that just because you focus on the positive that nothing bad will happen. It just means that you are open to the fact that everything could go right. Instead of focusing on the problems that have not yet surfaced.
Spend time with your thoughts and get to know yourself better. What makes you happy, sad, angry, happy? Understanding the things that make you whole and the things that make you feel depleted are so important to your success. The more you spend time with your thoughts. You become better at analyzing situations and feelings. This will aid in your growth as a person and ultimately make you happier.
Let go of negative people. Those people that are always calling you with the drama? Yea, let them go. Letting go of friends is never easy. But if you keep a negative person around negativity begins to consume your life. Start analyzing those that are around you. Take note of those who remain positive and those who always seem to find the negative in a situation. If your 5 closest friends are negative, toxic people. You will become the 6th. Let them go and find better friends.
Surround yourself with positivity. As soon as you wake up, speak positivity into yourself. Give yourself a pep talk if need be: today will be great, I am amazing, something unexpectedly amazing will happen today. These are all examples of what you can say to get the day started in the right direction. Throughout the day, speak kind words to yourself. At the end of the day, end it on a positive note as well. Be gentle and patient with yourself. Learning to be positive takes time and is hard but necessary work.
Be patient no one is perfect. These things take time. You literally have to unlearn most of the things that you have believed to be true. And guess what? That’s ok! Be patient with yourself. Love yourself through the process and don’t be so hard on yourself. You may find yourself having an amazing week of positivity. Then you’ll find yourself slipping into negativity again. Just keep going. Keep going and keep trying until you get it right. This may take months and may even take years. But guess what? You’re in this for the long haul and as long as you are living, you have another day to get it right.
At Organo Bucks, we absolutely love helping students live their best healthy life in college! This ranges from eating healthy, exercising and staying mentally healthy. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed our 15 super motivating positivity hacks. Try these tips and your life is guaranteed to change for the better. Let us know how they work for you!