4 Ways to Feel More Positive

A lot of things go into being successful: a good work ethic, a lot of determination, and a willingness to take risks. However, one trait that’s often overlooked is optimism. When things go south (and trust me, at some point they will) the only thing that can save you is positivity. If you want to work on your attitude and learn how to remain positive even when times are tough, follow these four tips from Grant Cardone:

Make your environment a happy one

Have you ever cleaned your room and felt a huge weight lift off your shoulders? This is because the environment around you seriously affects your mood and well-being. According to Ketchum Global Research & Analytics, 80% of people feel more relaxed and 60% of people feel less stressed in a clean home. While doing your laundry or taking out the trash might seem like easy things to push off when you’re already stressed and busy, keeping up with your chores is essential if you want to stay positive. Keeping this in mind, it’s not surprising that the décor in your environment can affect your mood, too. According to UK psychologist Craig Knight, employees who put at least one plant or picture in their cubicle are 15% more productive than those who don’t. Use this to your advantage! “Counter negativity by putting up positive reminders (pictures, messages, notes) in places you can see,” Grant says.

Cut negative people out of your life

If you want to stay positive, remember that a negative environment isn’t the only thing that can bring you down: negative people and influences are arguably even worse. Sure, “keeping the peace” and dealing with a friend or family member who starts arguments or makes poor decisions might seem harmless. But according to the Journal of Advancement in Medicine, it can seriously affect your health. Feeling angry with someone for just five minutes puts so much stress on your body that it can impair your immune system for more than six hours. Doesn’t sound so harmless now, does it? Plus, as Grant says, “Negative people are contagious.” In the 1950’s, psychologist Solomon Asch conducted a study where he asked volunteers to guess the length of a black line on a plain white card. If a volunteer was next to someone who underestimated the length of the line, they would confidently underestimate the measurement as well. So what does this mean for positivity? Well, if people literally see a line differently based on who they’re around, it’s not difficult to conclude that you’ll see situations in your life in different ways based on who you spend time with, too. If you want to stay positive, cut out negative influences.

Exercise and eat healthy

Admit it – You’ve blown off going to the gym at least once in your life. Getting enough exercise is an easy thing to put on the backburner, but not being active is actually extremely detrimental to your mental health.  According to The Journal of Happiness Studies, people who exercise for at least 30 minutes a day are 30% more likely to consider themselves happy than people who did not exercise. It’s clear that exercise contributes to positivity, and research shows that diet does as well. Dr. Neel Ocean of the University of Leeds insists that eating one extra portion of fruits or vegetables a day greatly increases your mental well-being. Therefore, if you want to stay positive, adding some extra focus to your diet and exercise habits is extremely beneficial. “Keeping your body healthy is just as important as keeping your mind well rested,” insists Grant.

Write down your goals

Sometimes, you can eat healthy, exercise, and try to surround yourself with positivity, but negative thoughts or feelings will force their way to the surface anyway. This is unavoidable: regardless of your attitude, if your present day circumstances are bad enough, you’re going to feel pessimistic. So how do you turn things around? Easy – think about the future. Consider your goals. How will you reach them? And how will reaching them change your life for the better? Get a journal and record your thoughts. According to the Journal of Experimental Psychology, expressive writing (journaling) will greatly reduce intrusive and negative thoughts. And if that isn’t enough to convince you, consider a study done by Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University. After observing close to 300 participants, she found that people who write down their goals are 42% more likely to achieve them rather than someone who just thought about them or spoke about them. Even Grant agrees! “I write my goals down each day,” he shares.

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