Harnessing the Power of Positivity

The power of positivity is something we can implement in our daily lives for a better overall experience. However, it becomes powerfully important when we hit roadblocks in life. Part of the human experience is living with the visions, ideas, and dreams of how we want our lives to be. But what happens when life has a different plan for us? Or what happens when our best laid plans have to be put aside?

We all have experienced setbacks and bumps in the road that may cause us to re-route and adjust. How we handle these setbacks can have a huge impact on our future successes. Science is beginning to show us that the power of positivity can help us stay focused on the bigger picture. This can help us keep a healthy perspective along the way. Below are some tips and tricks on how you can use the power of positivity to impact the direction of your life. 

Harness the Power of Positivity:

Begin Each Day with a Grateful Heart

Waking up and setting the tone for the day is perhaps one of the most positive things you can do. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or drink of choice and immediately set the tone for the day by focusing on what has gone right. Tie your thoughts of gratitude with your favorite morning ritual. It is more likely to become an effective habit when it is associated with something that you already do each day. 

Start a Gratitude List

There is so much to be grateful for even when life hasn’t gone according to plan. We can train the mind to focus on the good in our lives by writing down the things we are grateful for each day. Start by writing down 3 things and then add to it several times each day with another 3 items each time. Commit to the list and watch it grow. Your mind will become more focused on all the good in your life and you will find more things to be thankful for, and do so with much more ease. 

Use Affirmations

When things happen that are out of our control we can often have feelings of depression, loss, and our self esteem can take a hit. There are tools we can use to counteract some of this. One such tool is repeating affirmations. Our brains love repetition. It is how many of us learn and develop new habits. By using positive affirmations and repeating them frequently we can train our minds to see ourselves in a positive light. Tell yourself something lovely. Here are some classic examples:

  • “I love, accept, and appreciate myself” 
  • “I look great today” 
  • “I can do this”
  • “I believe in the good things coming” (which also are key lyrics to an uplifting song by Nahko and Medicine for the Peop


Learn the Science 
Science shows us the body and mind are intricately intertwined. Understanding how happiness hormones work and the immense impact they have on our mind and body teaches us that we can make feel good choices. This is empowering. This also allows us to steer our lives in a more positive direction with the choices we make.

Create before You Consume

Do you have a favorite pastime or way in which you express yourself? Maybe instead of mindlessly scrolling through your instagram feed or watching Netflix at night you can use that time to write, play music, sing, dance, or express yourself in someway. The idea here is to replace a neutral or bad habit with a creative, positive, and productive one. We are all unique and creative beings and your art deserves to be expressed!

Choose What You Consume

Habits become so ingrained in us oftentimes its hard to see that there are other options. For example, when you turn on the news in the morning much of what is being reported is negative in nature. School shootings, political scandals and countries on the brink of war or already at war seem to take over the headlines. Hearing this news can invoke a fear or stress response in our bodies. But how much of this is truly applicable to our day to day? It is good to be informed but it is also good to limit your consumption. You can choose positive or educational shows, positive uplifting music, and more positive things in general. 

Think Good Thoughts
Have you ever stopped to think about your thinking? If we were to check in with ourselves throughout the day we would likely find that most of our thoughts are repetitive and negative. Why is this? Our brains have what is called negativity bias. This is the mechanism by which our mind has learned to protect itself. Things that are negative stand out in our mind so we can learn to steer clear from danger. If you can regularly check in with your thinking and choose to think better thoughts you may find your overall outlook shifts. This in turn, sets you up for more success in the future. 
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