12 Ways to Stay Positive No Matter What Adversity Comes Your Way

by | Jun 7, 2022 | Mind

12 Ways to Stay Positive

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 

The old saying is a cliché for a reason — because it works. When things go awry, there’s no better way to get your mind off your troubles than by turning them into something positive.

Staying positive is not easy. When you are facing an overwhelming problem, it can become even more difficult to stay positive. However, it is possible to turn things around and find a way to stay positive. If you examine your life and think about how you might be able to keep your cheerfulness and hope, then you are well on your way to staying positive (and maybe even finding solutions).

Being positive is important. Even if you are totally awesome at pretending to be positive when you’re really not, it’s still important to actually be positive. Being positive gives you the attitude and mindset that you need to succeed. It helps you make the right decisions and take action when you feel like giving up. Here are 12 ways to stay positive no matter what obstacles come your way.

  1. Change your thoughts

Negative thoughts are a trigger for negative feelings and behaviors. When we change our thoughts, it is easier to change our feelings and behaviors. So start by changing those negative thoughts into something more positive.

For example, if you notice yourself thinking “I’m so stupid,” replace that with “There is always room for improvement.”

Try positive affirmations. These are positive statements that you repeat over and over until they become ingrained in your subconscious mind as truth. You can use them to build confidence when facing challenges or setbacks, or simply as a way to bring a smile to your face each day!

  1. Create a positive environment

This can be as simple as choosing to hang out with people who support you and make you feel good about yourself, or it can involve making some changes in your life. For example, if you find that being around negative people is making you feel bad about yourself or causing stress, then it might be time to distance yourself from them. You don’t have to cut these people out of your life completely — just try spending less time with them when they’re being negative.

  1. Be grateful

Think about the things that you have to be grateful for in your life. It could be as simple as having a roof over your head or as complex as having a loving family and friends around you. When you think about all of the good things in your life, it will make it easier to get through the bad ones.

Write down three things that you’re grateful for every morning before you start your day. This will help keep your mind focused on positive thoughts throughout the day and remind yourself of the good things in your life when it’s time to wind down at night.

And if nothing comes to mind right now, just know that there are many other people who are struggling with much worse problems than yours — so count yourself lucky!

  1. Be mindful

Mindfulness means paying attention to the present moment and accepting things as they are. When you’re mindful, you’re more aware of your feelings and thoughts, so you’re less likely to get caught up in negative emotions like anger or frustration.

Mindfulness is about being aware of what’s happening in your mind and body without getting caught up in your thoughts or emotions. Mindfulness allows you to see how your thoughts affect how you feel so that you can change them if necessary. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by negative thoughts or emotions, try meditating for 15 minutes each morning or evening until they subside.

  1. Help others and bring positivity to them

Be kind and humble to everyone, even if they don’t deserve it. Some people will try to put you down or make you feel bad about yourself, but don’t let that get inside your head because it doesn’t define who you are as a person! You are the best just the way you are!

  1. Go outdoors and enjoy nature
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Connect with nature whenever possible. Spending time outdoors can improve mood and reduce stress immediately by calming the mind and allowing us to focus on the beauty around us instead of whatever else may be going on inside our heads at the moment.

  1. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to stay positive. It’s one of the best ways to calm your mind and get in touch with your emotions.

Meditation helps you focus on the present moment, which makes it easier to let go of negative thoughts.

It also can help you be more aware of your feelings and how they influence your behavior. This can help you become more aware of when you’re being negative, leading to better choices about how you react to situations.

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  1. Sleep well

Sleep is crucial for a positive mindset. When you’re tired, everything seems harder and more stressful.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try making some changes to your routine before turning to medication or other treatments. For example:

Get out of bed when you wake up in the morning, even if you don’t feel rested. This will help your body produce melatonin, a hormone that helps regulate sleep-wake cycles and plays an important role in mood regulation.

  1. Accept the reality and find solutions

Accept what is happening and look for ways to solve it. Acknowledge that things aren’t going as planned and start seeking out solutions that will help you move forward. Learn from your mistakes. 

  1. Aim for a healthy body

A healthy body is the best way to keep your mind healthy. Eat well and regularly, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. This can also help you to feel better about yourself and have more energy.

  1. Smile
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Smile at someone who has been in a bad mood today and greets them with a hello or good morning. This will brighten up their day and make them feel better about themselves, which is always good for people who are having a rough time.

  1. Get rid of materialism ideals and treasure your pleasant experience

It’s easy to get caught up in materialism. For example, when you see a billboard advertising an expensive car, it may make you feel like you need to buy it. Or when you see someone else with an expensive car, it may make you feel like you need to buy the same thing. But that’s not true! You don’t need any material object in order to be happy.

The key is to focus on what makes you happy — not what other people think will make you happy or what advertisers want you to believe will make their money. Materialism can be destructive because it makes us feel bad about ourselves if we don’t have what everyone else has. But that’s not true either! We can all be happy without buying things we don’t really need!

This list could literally go on forever, but the main point here is to find ways to stay positive. Be creative with your thoughts, and do not let negative thoughts get the best of you. You are worth so much more than anything you think about yourself that is degrading or that makes you feel like a failure. You owe it to yourself to be a better person in every way, starting from the inside out.

What are your thoughts on staying positive? Do you have any methods that you use? If so, we would love to hear them. Feel free to post them in the comments section below.

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Dr. Bob Singhal

Professor Bhupendra 'Bob' Singhal, has taught creativity by joy and right-brain thinking, is a renowned international architect, won major design competitions, has over 70 awards, publications, and media mentions, and served as President of the American Institute of Architects South Bay. In 2011, in his book Joy in Health and Happiness: Your Optimal Path to Success, Professor Singhal wrote about the transformative power of joy and helped readers learn to enhance their daily experience of it.


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