After years of having a fixed, negative mindset, it’s tough to change one’s ways and think more positively. But with practice, you can create a more positive outlook on life. Here’s 30 ways to practice thinking more positively.

  1. When talking, replace negative words with positive words. Instead of saying “This is too hard”, say “I can do this” or “I accept this challenge”.
  1. When thinking, use empowering words; those that make you feel strong, happy, motivated and in control.
  1. Journal your thoughts. Celebrate your successes. Document and analyze the losses. Find where you went wrong and plan to do better next time. Learn from your mistakes.
  1. Counter each negative thought with multiple positive thoughts. When you catch yourself having negative thoughts, take a moment to think two or three positive thoughts.
  1. Go somewhere that brings you peace and happiness. This might be a nature walk, a quiet place like a museum that is visually appealing, an area where you listen to music, a park where you can watch kids and pets play happily. As often as possible, visit this place where you feel peace and happiness.
  1. Practice positive affirmations. The more you practice, the easier it will become.
  1. Forgive yourself for missteps. It happens. The important this is not to dwell on them and keep moving forward.
  1. Surround yourself with positive people.
  1. Add inspiring visuals and colors to your home and work space.
  1.  Look at things from a different point of view. When you can see both sides, you can eliminate a lot of negatively.
  1.  Laugh aloud and often. There’s always something to laugh about. Smiling and laughing releases ‘feel good’ endorphins in the body.
  1. Remember your “why”. Why you are trying to be more positive, what your goals are, how things will be better once you meet your goals, etc.
  1.  Practice gratitude. When you’re feeling thankful, you’ll feel more positive.
  1. Live in the moment. Stop worrying about yesterday or what’s coming. Do what you can do today to get one step closer to reaching your goals.
  1.  Indulge yourself occasionally. You are working hard to be a more positive person. You deserve a small reward.
  1.  Carry a funny photo with you. Save a funny video on your phone to give you a boost when you’re feeling down.
  1.  Look at each challenge as an opportunity to grow. Strive for excellence.
  1.  Relax. Sometimes you just need to step back, breathe deep and relax to get the good vibes flowing again.
  1.  Get physically active to release more ‘feel good’ endorphins.
  1.  Believe in yourself. The only thing keeping you from succeeding is your own negative thoughts. Stop getting in your own way.
  1.  Stop making excuses and laying blame. Take responsibility for your actions and make the choice to do better next time.
  1.  Observe your thought patterns. Are there certain times of the day when you’re feeling more negative? What can you do to make those times more positive?
  1.  Ask yourself, does this really matter? Will it matter next week or next month? If not, let it go. This called not sweating the small stuff.
  1.  Practice proper posture. Standing or sitting up with the back straight, shoulders back and chin up will help the mind and body feel better.
  1.  Be kind to others. Compliment a stranger. Do something nice for coworker or friend. Call a family member you haven’t talked to in a while.
  1.  Read something inspiring every day. Follow those who inspire you most and see what they do each day to make like the best it can be. Follow their lead.
  1.  Dance and sing. It doesn’t matter if you have two left feet or can’t carry a tune. Crank up the music and give it all you’ve got.
  1.  Look for the positive. Even in the worst of situations, there’s always something positive if you just look for it.
  1.  Have a personal mantra. No matter what it is, these will be the words you live by each day that reminds you to be positive.
  1.  Meditate, do yoga, concentrate on your breathing and relaxing your mind.

Challenge yourself to think more positively!

Petra Monaco

Petra Monaco

The Rebels Den

Petra Monaco is a published author, coach, mom and breaks the status quo for fun. As a foster kid, she knows the challenges and excuses people make as she rewrote her own story and then worked her way through to become a Master's level therapist. However, after watching her son fight for his life due to a rare genetic disorder and three liver transplants, she now coaches creatives and multi-passionates to stop waiting for “one day” and the “perfect moments’. Petra helps you dive deeply into the heart of things in order to discover your next steps, inspires you to set up your own personal framework so you can break free from fear, doubt, and overwhelm so you can start creating the life you want now. Petra uses her personal story to inspire and motivate people into doing the work they need to do to create change because she believes that your excuses are just avoidance. You can have the cake and eat it too if you're willing to show up for it!
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