6 Ways to Be Positive In a Negative World

Positive In a Negative World

Identifying the Positive

Statistics show that we tend to dwell on the negative five times more than the positive. With data like that, it’s no wonder that the world seems like such a negative place. But it doesn’t have to feel that way! If you are tired of focusing on the negative and would like to look for the positive in life, follow these six simple rules.

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1. Identify the Positive Every Day
Why do we make such a big deal about the negatives in life, while casually passing over all that is positive? Isn’t it better to put greater focus on the positive? It is, if you prefer to be in a good mood most of the time. Take a moment to pause and reflect when something good happens to you during the day. It doesn’t have to be a huge thing; it just has to be a good thing. From getting a fresh cup of coffee in the office kitchen to having a great sandwich at lunch, if you identify the positives you will be in a better mood.

2. Don’t Blame Yourself for Being Negative
Thinking positive isn’t always easy to do and it isn’t always something you can just do. If you have to force yourself to be think positive, don’t. It will just make you feel more negative, and you’ll end up beating yourself up for it.

3. Decrease Negative Thoughts
If you can’t muster up the strength to think more positive thoughts, you can work on decreasing your negative thoughts. Just shut them down! For example, let’s say you want to ask someone out on a date. Identify any negative thoughts you may have about the encounter and decrease them. For example:

A. They may say no. If they do, they’re missing out on getting to know a great person.
B. They may say no. If they do then they aren’t my soulmate.

4. Engage in Face-to-Face Communication to Quash Misunderstanding
If someone is already having a bad day, they may misinterpret and email or text. They may see sarcasm where it doesn’t exist. You don’t want to unintentionally anger a friend, relative or coworker, so face-to-face communication is best. You can get your point across, express sympathy or empathy in a believable way if you meet face-to-face. That way, your day is more positive too.

5. Show Authentic Emotion
When you’re having a stressful day, I’m sure you like to have your problems acknowledged. The empathy or sympathy given to you by others helps you get through your day. Be sure to show that same kind of authentic emotion when others are distressed. It helps them find a way to overcome.

6. Know the Time and Place for Negative Thinking
Negative thinking isn’t all bad. Sometimes it can help you succeed, and that’s positive. When you’re really fearful of failure, negative thinking can help you get prepared. That’s because we tend to prepare ourselves more when we are fighting against failure. Sometimes negativity is your mind’s way of lighting a fire under your rear to make good things happen.

4 thoughts on “6 Ways to Be Positive In a Negative World

  1. Deborah Ext. 6675

    Good article! I especially identify with Point 2 about not blaming yourself for being negative. I struggled with how to deal with my own negativity for years before I realized that deliberating on the subject was, indeed, negativity itself! I was so concerned with NEVER having a negative thought, and beating myself up about it if I did, that I often found myself in a downward spiral of negativity that was hard to leave behind. I found that if I was having a bad day the best thing to do was to keep my expectations of myself to the minimum, but at least take some small steps in the direction of lifting myself up. Something simple like reading an uplifting article, laughing at a funny show, working with my crystals just for the sheer joy of it, or engaging in a light-hearted conversation would help me lift my eyes up from a darker circumstance to something happier. Small steps are sometimes all we’re capable of taking in times when we feel bleak and bereft, and that’s o.k. And on days when we can’t even manage that, that’s ok, too. In those particularly heavy moments, it’s helpful to remember that lower-based energies are slower to manifest than the higher, lighter energies anyway. This is a built in stopgap for days when we just can’t pull it off… So, when it’s just ‘one of those days’, rely on that universal law and just take good care of yourself. Love yourself with a bubble bath, a good cup of tea, and a lovely long nap! You’ll feel better tomorrow!


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