How To Be a More Positive Person

How To Be a More Positive Person

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How To Become a Happier, More Positive Person

This is all about how to be a more positive person. And don’t worry…

We aren’t going to be talking about any woo-woo stuff. We are going to look at some practical and very doable ideas.

(OK maybe we’ll sneak in a little woo-woo feel-good stuff)

To create a more positive life, changes to your mindset and habits are essential. This requires us to be very intentional in the choices we make on a daily basis.

Most of life doesn’t exist in the black or white. It’s in the grays. Building a positive outlook in no way means we shove down negative, tough, or uncomfortable thoughts or emotions. 

This is simply not a realistic way to approach life. And it can backfire. It’s like shoving a closet full of clutter. Out of sight, out of mind won’t pan out in the long run. That closet will need to be opened eventually, right?

Every feeling is welcome here. The key is to try and be sure we see the sun just as much as we see the clouds. 

After all, we are hanging out on a rock floating through space. How cool is that? So do we want to coast through this life or do we want to believe that we can manifest a life we love and are proud of? (this might be woo-woo stuff to some but there’s value there)

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Here Are 7 Ideas on How To Be a More Positive Person

1) Gratitude

Grab yourself a gratitude journal and write down things you are thankful for every single day. 

This is a great tool for truly expressing appreciation for things in your life. 

We all know how easy it is to focus on what’s going wrong or a little off in our lives. Gratitude can help to shift your focus to see what’s going right.

Doing this once most likely won’t change your outlook on life too much. But with consistency, this can be something that truly has an impact on how you view and feel about your life. 

This might not come naturally in the beginning stages, so try setting a timer on your phone to remind you to do it until it becomes a habit. Be patient and push forward knowing that in time gratitude can become a steady fixture and driving force in your daily life.  

2) Surround Yourself With Positivity

This has to do with your social circle and your environment. 

Spend time with people who make you feel good. People who uplift and support you. People who make you feel happy and relaxed. 

I am not saying you need to create some strict criteria for the people in your life that only allow for happy thoughts. But it can be beneficial to reflect on the overall feeling or vibe you get from people. (this can also be true for people we follow on social media…the unfollow button is there for a reason)

This also directly relates to the environments you spend time in.

Decorate your living or work spaces with items that bring you joy. Some cool wall art or desk decor. These artificial succulent plants are pretty adorable too. This is a little random but these motivational pens are pretty awesome. 

If the vibes around you radiate positivity, you will probably feel it. 

3) Celebrate

Don’t underestimate the power of small wins. 

So often we put off celebrating until we reach a certain point. We all know that reaching milestones in life is great but it’s not always this straight bump-free path.

Putting off celebrating and enjoying life until we get to the peak of the mountain isn’t going to serve us well. And when it comes to life, it can seem as if that pesky peak is always moving.

This might sound silly but I am going to tell you anyway. My husband and I almost always do a little happy celebratory dance once we get the kids to bed (if it’s been an exceptionally rough one we will give a thumbs up from each of our cozy corners of the couch).

We have a 10-year-old and a 3 year old so bedtime is not always this seamless activity that goes off without a hitch. So we celebrate. 

Celebrations shouldn’t be reserved just for special occasions or specific dates on the calendar. Sprinkle them into your life more and see what happens. 

4) Have Fun

Enjoy your life. 

Try to find time for hobbies or activities that bring you joy. 

Fun is not something that should disappear from our radar when we become adults with responsibilities. 

For the record, I am very aware that how we incorporate fun into our lives will look different in different seasons. When I had a newborn, fun looked like curling up with a cozy blanket and a good book. Very different than what fun looked like with my husband in our kid-free days of going to music festivals, comedy shows, or new dessert places regularly. 

Reading, painting, knitting, photography, gardening, cooking, video games, thrifting, hiking, or playing a sport. The possibilities are endless. 

Anything that sparks something inside of you deserves time in the spotlight. 

5) Limit Negativity

For this, I am specifically referring to social media. 

It is not all negative. But it’s one of those things that can quickly flip from some fun scrolling to feeling bad about our lives. 

Be mindful of the content you consume. 

Let’s touch really quickly on something else that can be negative. Our self-talk. It can be second nature to be mean to ourselves. Hard on ourselves. Overly critical of ourselves. 

This is not just a flip you can switch and suddenly you are free from negativity in any way, shape, or form. But we have to start somewhere. I like to add the word “yet” to a not-so-positive phrase. 

I am not good at this yet. 

I can’t do this yet.

Noticing when you are being self-critical is a step in the right direction. 

6) Goals

Set realistic and meaningful goals for yourself. Break larger goals into smaller, more manageable steps. This helps with keeping positive and consistent momentum.

And don’t forget to celebrate your progress toward achieving those goals. 

Here are some more ideas on achieving goals. 

7) Take Care of Yourself

Prioritize sleep. Feed your body nutrient-dense foods. Drink water. Move your body in whatever way feels good. 

One massive way we can take care of ourselves is by showing kindness. 

Being kind to ourselves doesn’t seem like it should be so hard but it is. Showing kindness and compassion to those we care for is a simple task we do naturally and often. 

Mistakes are part of life. Imperfections are something we all have in common. (since perfection is not real)

So while it will take effort, strive to treat yourself with the same kindness you would show to others. You deserve it just as much as anyone else does. 


It is very possible to foster a more positive mindset. It is very possible to improve your overall quality of life. 

Life will never be constant sunshine and rainbows. But there is positivity out there. We just have to look for it and then allow it in when we find it. 

Which of these tips on how to be a more positive person stood out to you?

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