This is a guest post by Dani DiPirro.
Positive thinking doesn’t always mean positive action.
To have a positive life, one must both think and act positively. And acting positively isn’t always easy. It takes effort—conscious effort.
There are days when you just don’t feel very positive, and taking positive action can seem almost impossible.
Even for me—someone who spends her time writing about positivity—taking positive action can be a struggle. It’s something I work on constantly.
If, like me, you struggle to stay positive, here are five ways to you can amp up the positivity in your life:
1. Dole Out Compliments
Giving compliments to others is a wonderful way to put positive vibes out into the world. When you see someone doing / wearing / saying something that you like, tell him or her. Too often we think, “Oh, I like that!” but we don’t say the words aloud. Compliments aren’t meant to be kept in; let them out. (Note: Insincere compliments do not count. Only give compliments you really, truly mean.)
2. Share a Positive Outlook
How often do you encounter a friend, coworker, or relative moaning about how bad a situation is? It’s probably more than you realize. While it’s important to sympathize with others and recognize the difficulty they are dealing with, it’s also just as important to help them see the positive. Next time someone comes to you with a whine or a complaint, remind him or her about the good that comes with the bad (and, yes, every situation has a bit of good in it).
3. Say “Thank You” a Lot
I often find myself feeling extremely grateful to other people. But do I tell them how thankful I am? Not as often as I should. This is one of the best ways to amp up positivity in your life: say thanks. The more thankful you are, the more you should tell others. Just like compliments, gratitude isn’t meant to be kept inside. Set it free and say, “Thanks!”
4. Expect the Best
It might seem easier to expect the worst to avoid feeling let down. But I’ve found that the more I put positive expectations out into the world, the more positive things come my way. What you expect, you often get. If you don’t believe me, give it a try. Instead of expecting the worst, try envisioning the best thing that could happen and see if you don’t start having a more positive experience.
5. Tell a Happy Tale
Rarely a day goes by when I don’t hear someone complaining, whining, or pointing out the negative in a situation. It’s okay to want to share difficult situations with others. We want feedback, encouragement, support. But what about all of the wonderful things we experience and see every day? Why don’t we start telling those stories? Make it a point to tell at least one positive story every day—and stop wasting time rehashing the negative.
Thinking positively has its own set of challenges, but taking positive action can be particularly trying. The next time you’re struggling to be positive, come back to these five points and try to incorporate at least one of them into your day. Just one positive act can supercharge an entire day!
About the Author
Dani DiPirro launched PositivelyPresent.com in 2009 when she decided to turn her life around and start focusing on the positive while living in the present moment. Her personal development site touches lives around the world. Dani recently published her first book, “Stay Positive: Daily Reminders from Positively Present“. Learn more at StayPositive365.com.