Ways to Increase Positivity in Your Life

Written by Paisley Hansen
November 25th, 2019 | Updated: March 24th, 2020

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Want to make lifestyle changes for increased happiness and a more optimistic outlook? There are many ways to do this. Here are some tips and tricks to feel better, faster. Let’s look at how to be more positive in life.

Establish an Exercise Regimen

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Exercise makes you more positive

Exercising even a few times a week can have the effect of producing endorphins, which improve mood and outlook. Serotonin is one type of endorphin and perhaps the most important mood elevating chemical. Anandamide is less known, but provides the important benefit of managing stress levels. Because exercise increases both types of endorphins, it results in a better mood and less stress, a double advantage. 

Learn How to Use Essential Oils

Utilizing essential oils can have a wonderful impact on your life. These oils come from natural ingredients and their use spans thousands of years, from traditional herbal medicine. For example, ginger essential oil helps with nausea and digestion, and can also provide numerous benefits to your immune system. Essential oils can be used to give your home a pleasant scent that can be therapeutic. They can also be taken internally or on the skin.

Wake up With the Sun

There are many advantages to getting out of bed before or as the sun is rising. Waking up earlier gives you extra time before work or school to introduce positive habits, such as exercise or meditation. These habits can get your day started on the right note. Additionally, this can increase your productivity throughout the day by encouraging you after achieving so much in the morning hours. 

Boost Your Immune System for a more positive outlook

A positive attitude has positive effects on your immune system. A study showed that people who think negatively had poor immune systems, as compared to those who pictured positive images. Your immune system prevents you from experiencing illness, and helps you continue to accomplish your goals without sickness. Furthermore, research suggests that positivity later in life can prolong lifespan and could possibly be a result of evolution. 

Practice Mindfulness Regularly

Mindfulness is slowing down and being more aware of your thoughts and feelings in order to improve yourself. Practicing mindfulness can help you reap the benefits on both mental and physical levels. Not only can it ease stress and anxiety to improve your mental health, but it also relieves symptoms of high blood pressure, digestion issues, and chronic pain and inflammation. Methods of mindfulness vary, from simple meditation to keeping track of and acknowledging the sensory details around you, such as sight, touch, and taste. Improving mindfulness comes with practice, so it is important to implement this type of thinking into your everyday life as often as possible. 

Read More and Often

With the advent of technology that serves as a huge distraction in this day and age, it may seem like reading is sadly dying as a hobby. However, for those that still want to pick up a book, the benefits are numerous. Not only do you gain more knowledge and increase your vocabulary from reading, but losing yourself in a book can be a major stress reliever, as well as help improve your memory and cognitive function. Even better, the more you read, the faster and easier it will be to read, so you are cumulatively improving your skills whenever you trade your phone or television for a book. Books provide virtually endless entertainment as well. 

Surround Yourself With Positive People

The old adage that you are a culmination of the people you spend the most time with is true, to an extent. Consistently having happy and positive people in your life is one of the keys to achieving a positive life of your own. Seeing people who make you laugh is a stress reliever, especially if you have had a long or rough day, and mutual happiness produces a strong bond. Keeping a few good friends rather than dozens of acquaintances will ensure that you have only those in your life that care about your best interest, as well as the other way around. Being with friends and finding fun activities to do together can be a great step in achieving a positive lifestyle. 

If you are stuck in a negative or depressed space, it can be difficult to see the path to a better life. However, with these tips, a great lifestyle is both possible and achievable.  

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Photo of Karl Perera, MA, DipLC Karl Perera is a fully qualified Life Coach, Teacher and author of Self Esteem Secrets. His qualifications include Masters and DipLC. He has taught at various universities including Durham, Leicester and Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge. He has run More-SelfEsteem.com since 1997 and is an expert in Self Esteem and Self Development.