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Last Updated on December 17, 2019

20 Simple Ways to Bring Positive Energy into Life Right Now

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.

10. Engage in Positive Self-Talk

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

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

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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

16. Play Hooky

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

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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!

    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.

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    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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                        Feeling Stuck in Life? How to Never Get Stuck Again

                        Feeling Stuck in Life? How to Never Get Stuck Again

                        The statistics are dismal. A recent study has found that 69% of people feel trapped in the same old routine, and only 3 out of 10 people are happy with their lives.[1] People are feeling stuck.

                        Some are feeling stuck in their careers, feeling like they’re too far along one path to make a change. Some are feeling stuck in their personal lives. The toll of the daily grind sucks most of their time and energy. So their relationships, self-care, and personal goals get lost in the shuffle of the treadmill existence.

                        When people come across these challenges of feeling stuck, the feeling sometimes doesn’t go away. It often intensifies as time goes on. As the stuck feeling intensifies, some people choose to settle. Subconsciously, without even realizing it, they end up pushing their dreams and goals further and further down.

                        Others, if the feeling of being stuck intensifies to an unbearable point, choose to make changes. They may choose to pivot in their careers, even after years at a successful job. They may end up making big changes in their relationships, or start putting their fitness at a higher priority. They may make drastic changes to finally feel free. These changes can be incredibly difficult to make, especially if a person has lived many years in a certain lifestyle.

                        Feeling stuck is NOT fun. I’ve been there. I get it.

                        Why Am I Feeling Stuck?

                        People feel stuck once in a while. There are many causes of feeling stuck. Many people work toward goals that don’t actually align with who they are at the core or what they truly desire. I call these “False Objectives”.

                        Living a life of False Objectives can cause people to feel very stuck and frustrated. People can build lives that are very “successful” according to society; but if you’ve built your life based on False Objectives, you’re not going to feel fulfilled. You’ll end up feeling stuck.

                        Another cause of feeling stuck is not knowing who you are. If you don’t understand how you’re innately wired – your strengths, your gifts, your talents, your passions – it’s tough to make decisions that enable you to maximize those. It’s tough to reach your full potential if you don’t know who you are.

                        You can feel stuck if you’re doing work that doesn’t allow you to maximize your innate strengths. If you’re doing work that doesn’t bring out the best in who you are at the core, you’ll likely feel some dissatisfaction and you won’t reach your full potential.

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                        Other people feel stuck because they haven’t surrounded themselves with mentors or peers who have achieved what they want to achieve. They stay in certain routines while craving to do life differently. As Jim Rohn says,

                        “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”

                        If your goal is to run a marathon and you’re spending most evenings and weekends drinking beer with your coworkers, you’re probably not going to run that marathon. If your goal is to live a location-independent lifestyle and work anytime from anywhere, but everyone in your social circle is at traditional jobs; it’ll be tough to break free from the 9-5 mentality.

                        How Feeling Stuck Screws You up Secretly

                        Feeling stuck screws up people’s lives. The consequences of feeling stuck can range from mild to severe. People may feel a mild discontentment with life and end up succumbing to the idea that life is “okay,” and settle. (Nancy’s story will resonate with you.) They may never reach their full potential, their highest levels of happiness and satisfaction. And they may not make the impact on the world that they could make, and have a looming sense that there could be “more” to life.

                        Often, though, the feeling of being stuck comes with much larger consequences. Feeling stuck can hinder career growth and contribute to disrupted marriages. It can lead to huge midlife crises.

                        The feeling can (and frequently does) increase as the years go on, leading to significant regrets about unfulfilled dreams. In fact, the number one regret of the dying, according to Bronnie Ware, a palliative care nurse, is, “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” She writes:[2]

                        “This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Many people had not honored even a half of their dreams, and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.”

                          Approaching Life Differently

                          Thankfully, some highly effective strategies can prevent you from feeling stuck. Using these strategies can help you avoid significant problems in your life. It’s different than conventional living, and it works.

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                          Commonly, people live with many set routines. While certain routines are helpful, becoming stuck in the daily grind routine can get frustrating. Many people eat roughly the same foods each week, go to the same place each day, talk to the same people, keep the same commitments, and end up living life on autopilot.

                          It’s tough to feel like you’re progressing forward when each day is spent doing the same uninspiring routine. In order to avoid feeling stuck, it’s important to live intentionally. It’s crucial to live in the driver’s seat of your life and get out of autopilot mode.

                          First, ditch the False Objectives. Just because everyone in your family are doctors doesn’t mean that’s the best path for you. Just because all your friends are married with a big house, a white picket fence, and 2 kids doesn’t mean that’s the best path for you. Just because everyone you know works 9-5 doesn’t mean that’s the best path for you. It’s not easy to design your life intentionally, but it’s critical in order to avoid feeling stuck.

                          Remember, the majority of people feel stuck. So, if you’re doing things like the majority of people, you’ll likely feel stuck, too. You’ll need to think differently and create your life differently.

                          2 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day

                          In order to intentionally design your life, avoid falling prey to False Objectives, and prevent feeling stuck, there are questions to ask yourself every day. These questions can help you stay focused on what matters most to you, help you avoid feeling stuck and frustrated, and create the best life possible.

                          1. Why Am I Going to Do What I’m Going to Do Today?

                          If you’re showing up to work each day and giving your years to your job, it’s important that your “why” is deeper than “to pay the bills.” Knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing can help you make choices that inspire and motivate you.

                          By asking yourself why you’re going to do what you’re going to do today, you will be living intentionally. In today’s incredibly busy, easily distracted world, living intentionally and focusing every day on what matters most is unique.

                          When you choose to ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing every day, it will help you stay focused on what’s truly important to you. This can prevent you from getting stuck.

                          2. What Would Future Want Me to Do Today?

                          Imagine yourself, in the future, as the best version of you. What would that version of you want you to do today? Making decisions from the viewpoint of the future you can help you move forward and prevent the stuck and frustrated feeling.

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                          When you make decisions from the viewpoint of future you, you will develop perseverance and reap the benefits of delayed gratification. Today’s society is very focused on instant gratification, but a lot of great things in life take time and effort. Learning to take small steps forward by making decisions from the future you’s standpoint can help you progress toward your biggest goals and dreams.

                          How to Get Unstuck

                          After asking yourself the two questions, work on the plan to get unstuck. I’ve personally tried these strategies and they work for me.

                          1. Choose Goals You Truly Desire to Accomplish

                          This might sound obvious but we all get sucked into False Objectives at times. When you’re setting goals in your career and your personal life, make sure they are goals that matter to you.

                          Working hard toward big achievements that don’t align with your values, priorities, and who you are at the core is a fast-track toward feeling stuck.

                          Learn about your strengths, your gifts, and your passions. Choose goals that align with who you are at the core, and work toward goals that align with your inner strengths and gifts. This will help you maximize your potential and minimize the stuck and frustrated feelings.

                          2. Watch Your Mindset

                          Often, we think we’re stuck, but the problem is our mindset. Being mindful of our mindset and self-talk is important to living a life of freedom and fulfillment. Work on rephrasing your self-talk in order to improve your mindset.

                          For example, if you tell yourself, “I could never start a business,” rephrase it to, “I don’t know how to start a business YET, but I can learn.” If you find yourself saying, “I don’t have enough money to travel,” tell yourself, “I don’t have the money right now, but I can make a plan to save money to travel. Rephrasing your self-talk can help you see opportunities and possibilities instead of feeling stuck.

                          Occasionally, even the most driven people have days where they feel unmotivated. Check out this article for tips to get motivated when you feel like doing nothing: What Motivates You And How to Always Stay Motivated

                          Those tips can help you break free from the rut.

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                          3. Get out of Your Comfort Zone and Add Some Excitement to Your Day

                          Shaking up your daily routine and adding some excitement to your days can help you get unstuck.

                          While breaking out of your daily routine can be uncomfortable, it can be a great way to invigorate your life. You can start by getting out of your comfort zone in small ways. Here are 10 ways to step out of your comfort zone and overcome your fear. As Brian Tracy says,

                          “Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.”

                          Getting out of your comfort zone and experiencing growth can help you to continue to move forward and prevent you from getting stuck.

                          4. Surround Yourself with People Who Have Done What You Aspire to Do

                          It’s easy to get stuck if you’re trying to accomplish something and you’re struggling to believe it’s possible to accomplish it.

                          Instead of letting yourself be isolated and stuck, commit to learning from people who have done what you aspire to do. This can help you believe it’s possible to achieve the same goals. It can also help you to be inspired to progress forward instead of staying in stuck-land.

                          You can seek out a mentor, or even read inspiring books or listen to motivating podcasts by the people who have achieved your biggest goals and dreams.

                          Final Thoughts

                          It’s frustrating to feel stuck. But you don’t need to stay stuck if you know the right ways to break free from the rut.

                          Practice living intentionally by asking yourself the 2 critical questions:

                          • Why am I going to do what I’m going to do today?
                          • What would future want me to do today?

                          When you constantly reflect about what you truly want and whether you’re doing the things that lead you to what you desire, you’ll feel less stuck gradually.

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