Throughout life, people tell us to stay positive. Truly, it is not easy especially when you are being swept by a current of negative events.
Staying positive when times are tough is easier said than done. You may find yourself spiraling into negative self-talk patterns, or unable to appreciate the good things that are happening in your life. However, learning how to be positive, especially during difficult times can help you mentally and physically.
Being a positive person is more than just thinking positive thoughts or wishing for bad things to go away. It's about centering yourself, going to the core of your being, that quiet place inside, acknowledging the thoughts and letting them go. It is about taking simple steps to make small changes in all areas of your life and to translate positive thoughts into behaviour. The key to being positive is actually acknowledging that you’re in a difficult place. “Trying to convince yourself that you aren’t feeling down can actually make you feel worse,” said the clinical psychologist Dr. Jaclene Jason. Once you’ve accepted that something is wrong and honestly assess the role you play, you’re ready to start addressing it positively.
Research also says that we have powerful capabilities to choose positive ways and emotions of thinking. Our emotions change our body at the cellular level. Rather than trying to get rid of negative feelings, we can choose to respond to them differently. It’s up to you to look for the right side in everything and react most positively.
According to Zig Ziglar, gratitude is the mother of all positive emotions. To live a happier life, it’s essential to learn how to be grateful for what you have and who you are. This will greatly improve your outlook on life. In every person, in every situation, there is something good. Most of the time it’s not obvious. We have to look. And sometimes we have to look hard.