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Last Updated on March 2, 2021

20 Simple Ways to Bring Positive Energy into Life Right Now

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20 Simple Ways to Bring Positive Energy into Life Right Now

Staying positive can be tough. Positivity can start to wain when you are bombarded with a succession of negativity, failures, disappointment and heartbreak.

Every challenge you face withdraws from your energy, resilience and a little bit of your faith. Once your positive energy is depleted, pessimism slowly begins to creep in and take hold.

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional state of mind that focuses on the good and expects positive outcomes.

Developing and maintaining positive energy involves more than merely thinking happy thoughts. It is the anticipation of good (i.e. happiness, health and success) and it is the belief that all things — situations, obstacles and difficulties — will work out favorably in the end.

Optimism does not involve ignoring negativity. It is the acknowledgement of the negative but then choosing to focus on the positive. At its root, it is simply the belief that despite the current circumstances, things will work out favorable in the end.

A positive mind comes from a heart full of faith.

If you want to stay positive when facing challenges and negative situations, here are 20 things you can do to help revive your positive energy:

1. Enjoy Nature

Research shows that revelling in the great outdoors promotes human health. Spending time in serene natural environments has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels, improve working memory and provide a sense of rejuvenation.[1]

2. Perform Random Acts of Kindness

Finding ways to put a smile on the face of others affects you just as much as it affects them. It takes the focus off of you and your problems, and allows you to be a positive force in the lives of others.

Doing good for others makes you feel good. It lifts your mood, improves self esteem and self-worth. It also serves as a small distraction from your current challenges.

3. Develop an Attitude of Gratitude

Noticing and appreciating the positives in our lives is a great way to lift your spirits and provide yourself a mental boost.[2]

Start to practice gratitude by being thankful for the simple things in life. Check out this article for 60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

4. Take a Mental Break

Exhaustion is the silent killer of positivity.

Learn to take breaks when things get overwhelming.[3] Do something that gives your mind a break from whatever challenge you are facing–and that could just mean taking a nap.

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5. Laugh

Laughter truly is the best medicine for most of what ails us.[4] Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress.

Find a way to laugh–often. Watch a comedy, spend the evening with your crazy friend who knows how to keep you in stitches. Host a game night with your friends.

Take a look at these 14 Things That Make You Happy And Enjoy Life More.

6. Hang Around with Positive People

Research suggests that stress is contagious[5] — and the more you surround yourself with it, the more likely you are to let it affect your thoughts. In the same way that stress and negativity are contagious, so is happiness.[6]

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The bottom line here is our behavior and thought patterns mirror those we hang around. Choose carefully who you allow into your circle.

7. Look for the Silver Lining Immediately

Trying to force optimistic thinking amidst emotional turmoil or a bit shocked usually don’t work that well.

Training yourself to look for the lesson and find the bright spot not only eases the burden a little, it also slowly begins to transform your entire thought process.

8. Breathe Deeply

Breathing exercises help expel toxic air from your body and refills your body and more importantly–your brain with fresh air. It clears your mind and allows you to regain mental clarity. One moment of clarity at the right time can change everything.[7]

Try these 5 Breathing Exercises for Anxiety (Simple and Calm Anxiety Quickly).

9. Remind Yourself Not to Dwell on Negativity

Avoid dwelling on downers. Downers bring you down!

Focusing on negatives isn’t just unpleasant, it also makes you less effective in tackling other tasks you face. Negativity produces more negativity.

Bad things happen–try not to replay them over and over and fixate on un-pleasantries. Play positive scenes in your mind instead.

Getting this free Worksheet For An Instant Motivation Boost can help too. You will find the little things you can do right now to stop dwelling on negativity. Grab your free worksheet here.

10. Engage in Positive Self-Talk

Talk to yourself. Tell yourself things are going to turnaround and will work out in the end.

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Say it out loud. Speaking what you believe out loud reinforces and strengthens the message. You say it and hear it simultaneously.[8]

Here is a step-by-step guide to help yourself engage in positive self-talk: How To Stop Negative Self-Talk From Ruining Your Life

11. Talk It out with a Friend

Find a positive friend (or small group of friends) or confidant to talk to. Talking helps you hear the problem, admit and discuss your feelings and it gives you another set of eyes and ears working on the problem.

You may find that brainstorming with another person or even a group will help you come up with new ideas to help you resolve the issue.

It also reassures you that someone has your back and that emotional support makes a difference. Think of it as a low-budget therapy.[9]

12. Take a Walk

Scientists have found that one of the best ways to chase the blues away is by going for a walk.[10] A brisk walk calms you down by sparking nerve cells in the brain that relax the senses.

13. Engage in Rigorous Exercise

Getting sweaty is not just good for your heart–it’s good for your head too!

Research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise helps reduce anxiety and elevates your mood.[11] When you engage in vigorous physical activity, the “feel good” brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids) are released that ease feelings of negativity. It distracts you from your issues, and it physically relaxes you.

Find yourself too busy to do exercises? Here are 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise

14. Sleep

Proper rest is a critical part of maintaining a positive attitude. Studies have shown that even partial sleep deprivation has a significant effect on your mental state.

Researchers from University of Pennsylvania discovered that subjects who were limited to less than 5 hours of sleep a night for one week felt significantly more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted.[12] It’s hard to maintain a positive mindset under those conditions. Get some sleep!

15. Journal

Journaling is a great way to deal with overwhelming emotions. It provides a healthy outlet in which you can express yourself and manage your emotions and overall mental health.

Keeping a journal can help you identify and track the causes of negative thinking and develop a mitigation plan.[13]

Here’s how to get started with writing a journal: Why You Should Keep A Journal And How To Get Started

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16. Play Hooky

Taking the occasional break from the daily grind is fun, freeing and necessary.

Figure out what makes you feel alive and happy and do that. Whether it’s watching Netflix in your p.j.’s all day or if it’s kayaking down a river–the goal is to have fun–whatever that means to you.

17. Treat Yourself

Rewarding yourself with “me time” and celebrating who you are as a person is vital to sustaining a positive outlook.[14]

Find small, meaningful and healthy ways to indulge yourself from time to time. Here are some nice ideas for you: 30 Self Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

18. Move Through Your Day Mindfully

Worry and dwelling on pervasively stressful thoughts with are optimism assassins. Living mindfully involves consciously deciding to be fully present in each moment.

When you throw all of your attention, energy and resources on the now, you don’t have the space for negative thoughts or worrying.[15]

Here’s a quick technique on how to practice mindfulness:[16]

    Or you can also take a look at this guide: A Simple Guide to Mindfulness for Beginners

    19. Take Care of Yourself Spiritually

    Paying attention to and investing in yourself spiritually is something most people neglect.

    You watch what you eat, workout, try to get enough sleep and do all the things you should to keep your body and mind fit and functioning. But part of maintaining good mental health and a positive state of mind is soul care.

    Take time to feed your soul and keep the mind-body-spirit connection strong by engaging in spirit enhancing, contemplative activities such as meditation, prayer, reading spiritual materials and/or attending religious services.[17]

    20. Celebrate Small Wins

    Who doesn’t love a good celebration? Celebrating small victories is one of the quickest ways to give negativity the boot.

    Getting out of bed this morning is a win! Celebrate it. If you stayed in bed today and got a little extra rest–that too is a win!

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    Instead of focusing on pending doom or sulking over losses–actively seek out and celebrate the things you do well and a the things you did get right today.

    Check out these tips to help you make celebrating small wins a daily habit: How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

    Bonus: 10 Inspirational Quotes to Jump Start Your Positivity

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                        Last Updated on July 21, 2021

                        How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

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                        How to Get “I Can’t Do It” Out of Your Vocabulary

                        When someone says, “I can’t do it” . . . I say to myself, “What do you mean you can’t do it?” Maybe you don’t want to do it, but saying you “can’t” do it is a completely different story.

                        With the right mindset, positive attitude, and a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, the only thing that is holding you back is yourself.

                        Can’t is a terrible word and it has to be taken out of your vocabulary.

                        By saying you can’t do something, you’re already doubting yourself, submitting to defeat, and you’re making that barrier around your life tighter.

                        So today, right now, we are going to remove this word for good.

                        From now on there is nothing we can’t do.

                        “Attitude is Tattoo”

                        Your attitude is everything; it’s your reason, your why and how, your facial expression, emotions, body language, and potentially the end result. How you approach an opportunity, and the result of it, is solely based on you — not your boss or your co-worker or friend.

                        If you enter a business meeting with a sour attitude, that negative energy can spread like wildfire. People can also feel it — maybe even taste it. This is not an impression you want to leave.

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                        Now imagine you enter a business meeting with a positive attitude, that whatever happens in here is going to be your result, in your control, not someone else’s. Of course, we can’t always win, but even if the outcome is negative, your attitude and perception can turn it into a positive. The question is: can you do it?

                        Of course you can, because there is nothing in this world you can’t do.

                        It’s much better to be known for your positive attitude — your poise, your energy, the reason why things go so well because you are able to maintain such character. A negative attitude is easy. It’s easy to complain, it’s easy to be mad, and it’s even easier to do nothing to change it.

                        When I say your “attitude is tattoo”, it sounds permanent. Tattoos can be removed, but that’s not the point. Your attitude is like a tattoo because you wear it. People can see it and sometimes, they will judge you on it. If you maintain a negative attitude, then it is permanent until you change it.

                        Change your attitude and I guarantee the results change as well.

                        Believe You Can Do It

                        Do you know why most people say “can’t” and doubt themselves before trying anything?

                        It’s our lack of self-confidence and fear on many different levels. The one thing we have to purge from ourselves is fear — fear of bad results, fear of change, fear of denial, fear of loss, the fear that makes us worry and lose sleep. Worrying is the same as going outside with an umbrella, waiting for rain to hit it. Stop worrying and move on.

                        Confidence is fragile: It builds up slowly, but can shatter like glass. Project your confidence and energy into believing in yourself. This is a very important and groundbreaking step — one that is usually the hardest to take. Start telling yourself you can do something, anything, and you will do it the best to your ability. Remove doubt, remove fear, and stick with positive energy.

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                        Learn how to boost your confidence: How to Be Confident: 62 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                        Embrace Failure

                        Do not fear failure. Do not run away from it. Face it, learn from it, grow, and take action. Just remember: You will never know success if you have never failed.

                        Your confidence will bolster after embracing these facts. You will be immune to demoralizing results, and instead you will find ways to fix it, improve upon it, and make it better than before. You will learn to never say “can’t,” and will realize how many more opportunities you can create by removing that one word.

                        Don’t let one simple and ugly word plague your confidence. You’re better and stronger than that.

                        Start Making the Change

                        But to actually start the process of change is very challenging.

                        Why is that?

                        Fear? Time? Don’t know how — or where — to start?

                        It’s hard because what we’re doing is unlearning what we know. We are used to doing things a certain way, and chances are we’ve been doing them for years.

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                        So here are some ways that I avoid using the word “can’t”, and actually take the steps to put forth the change that I wish to see. I hope you can incorporate these methods into your life.

                        Write down What You Want to Change

                        Write it on post-its, notecards, whatever makes you comfortable — something you will always see. I usually write mine on post-its and put them all over the wall behind my monitor so I always see them.

                        Tell a Friend and Talk About It

                        Discussing your goals, what you want to change, is very effective when you say it out loud and tell another person other than yourself. It’s almost like saying, hey, I bet I can do it — watch me.

                        When you fulfill that goal and tell your friend, it feels rewarding and will motivate you to do it again in a different aspect. Who knows? Maybe your friend adopts the same mindset as you.

                        Stop Yourself from Saying the Forbidden Word

                        Sometimes,I can’t control myself in public when I’m with friends, so I have to be careful with the words I use so I don’t embarrass or insult anyone.

                        Treat the word “can’t” as the worst word you can possibly use. Stop yourself from saying it, mid-sentence if you must, and turn your whole perspective around — you can do it, you will do it, and nothing is impossible!

                        Repetition, Repetition, Repetition

                        You think this change will be overnight? No way. This is a practice. Something you’re going to be doing for the rest of your life from now until forever.

                        As I said earlier, you are unlearning what you know. You know how easy it is to say you can’t do something, so by unlearning this easy practice, you’re self-disciplining yourself to live without boundaries.

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                        Practice this everyday, a little at a time, and before you know it, the word can’t will not be part of your language.

                        Do Anything That Can Relieve Your Uncertainty

                        When I catch myself saying I can’t do something or I don’t know something, looking up information on that action or subject, doing research, educating yourself, relieves that uncertainty.

                        Sometimes, we think we can’t do something because the whole idea of it seems too large. We skip the small steps in our head and only focus on the end.

                        Before you say you can’t do something, rewind and slow down a little bit. Focus on what the first step is, then the next. Take it a step at a time, and before you know it you will have done something you previously thought you couldn’t do.

                        Final Thoughts

                        You know what you must do. The first step is right now. Once you begin this habit, and really start noticing some change, you’ll realize the door to opportunity is everywhere.

                        The funny thing is: Those doors have always been there. The evil word that we no longer use put a veil over our eyes because that’s how powerful that word is.

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