Positivity: The practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.
Happiness: The state of being happy (feeling or showing pleasure or contentment).
So why be positive and happy?
Being positive and happy on a daily basis can be hard for some people and easy for others, it is something we should all strive to be for as long and as often as we can. Positivity and optimism can help your happiness for as long as you let it, it encourages a good mental and physical healthy lifestyle as well as making you feel good all-round.
Now when I say “try to be positive and happy” I don’t mean force yourself to stare at a photo of something that usually makes you happy or constantly repeat a positive quote over and over to yourself. I just mean, don’t stress. Stressing, as we all know, causes so much pain than it’s worth; bad skin, sleepless nights, headaches and many other health related issues. If you just take 5 – 10 minutes out of your day to relax and self-care, this could make all the difference to your positivity and happiness levels.
How do I stay positive?
I understand that not all people can just ‘be positive’ or turn a bad day into a good one with a click of a finger but we can surely try. Here are a few tips I use daily to try stay positive in my day-to-day life. These are just my personal ways, these may not work for some people however if they help just one person out there it’ll make me happy.
- Set aims – whether they be short-term or long-term, if you have things to work towards that you want to achieve then you’re more likely to be positive and optimistic.
- Get inspired – whatever you love, do more of it. Get that excited butterfly sensation in your stomach making you eager to fulfil whatever it is you’re aiming for.
- Celebrate your achievements – whether big or small, all achievements deserve to be celebrated. This can be with a little self treat e.g. chocolate bar or an opportunity for a big deal e.g. a meal out. If you reward yourself when you’ve achieved something you’re more likely to want to continue achieving, therefore feeding your happiness.
How do I stay happy?
Not everyday do I feel happy. Sure, everyone has their down days but overall I do consider myself – now – to be a generally happy person. This can fluctuate regarding what’s going on in my life at the moment e.g. a big test coming up will clearly stress me out therefore puncturing my happiness levels, however I could have a very exciting event coming up which will spike those levels right back up. Again, here are some of my tips that may or may not work for you but sure do for me…
- Create your own happiness – surround yourself with things you love and enjoy. Whether this be people (friends and family) or books, films, music. Find your happiness in the things you love and continue creating your own.
- Appreciate what I have – Family, friends, education, homes, money. Everything we take for granted every single day of our lives, we don’t realise how lucky we are. How lucky you are. To be reading this, connected to internet, to have a device you can do so much stuff on. That is lucky. Be appreciative of what comes to us daily and this (it does me) should make you a little bit happier.
- Do whatever makes you happy! – A quote here by none other than Alfie Deyes, this is his motto he lives by and I think it’s wonderful, to chose and live your life the way you want to. Do those things you want to. Don’t do the things you don’t (unless you need to e.g. tests, responsibilities)
Self – care
To care for ones self without medical or professional consultation. In other words to look after yourself, take time out of your busy day, week, month to reward yourself, relax and de-stress, aim for an hour of this. Just chill. I’ll be posting another full post on my self-care routine and what I do to look after myself.
I hope this post has helped at least one person reading this, it’s not easy to be that ‘positive’ and ‘happy’ person all the time (trust me, I know) but to feel yourself as though you can be that person is all you need to succeed.
Thanks for reading,
P.s. The photos in this post are from a book I started called my ‘Positivity Book’ – if you’d like a post all on how I created it and what’s involved then let me know in the comments, or on Twitter. 🙂