Having a positive mindset can lead to many positive changes in your life. However, as life goes on, many challenges and setbacks arise which make it difficult to maintain this outlook on life.
So, here are the four routines you can cultivate to create and maintain a positive thinking habit:
Begin a gratitude journal
Every day there are many things to be grateful for in life, from being able to read a new book to just talking with a close friend after work. These might feel like simple things, but actually, these acts require a lot of freedom that many people in the world don’t have. That’s why it is important for you to remind yourself daily of these simple joys that you may take for granted.
One of the best ways to remember these small yet privileged joys is to start jotting them down in a gratitude journal. All you need to do is write memories from the day that made you happy. Remember they don’t have to be huge, they can even be as simple as watching a kitten walk along that makes you smile.
A gratitude journal is also great because it involves very little effort. Just once a day, normally at the end, jot down three times in your day that you felt thankful. It is important to remember that gratitude can also be defined as a privilege, for example getting yourself the “large” espresso or having a great dinner with friends. Recording these simple yet important moments allows you to retain the memories and remind yourself of how lucky you are.
One of the most recommended routines to retain a positive mindset is practising meditation. Not only is meditation known to boost your spiritual and mental health, but it can also contribute to declining stress and anxiety.
Research conducted by the health website, Healthline.com, found people who practised mindfulness meditation, displayed brains that were more focused on optimism and positive thinking than those who rarely participated in meditation. In addition, a study conducted by the Harvard Medical School also showed that meditation was greatly helpful in reducing an array of conditions both physical and mental including; irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
When practising your meditation make sure you focus on your deep breathing and clearing your mind for at least five minutes a day. This will assist to bring order and balance to your life as well as decrease negativity and stress that you may encounter on a daily basis.
Surround yourself with positive friends
There is a quote from Edmund Lee that says “Surround yourself with the dreamers, and the doers, the believers, and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
Having positive friends can dramatically improve your mental health and your state of happiness as another recent Harvard study concluded, having solid friendships in life can promote brain health. Friends that have a positive attitude will help you to cope with stress, make better lifestyle choices that keep you strong, and allow you to rebound from health issues and disease more quickly. Thus, keeping supportive friends who bring positive news will also shape your positive mindset too.
Engage yourself with positive and inspirational materials
Have you ever felt like lack of aspiration, motivation and seem to lose interest in everything? This common phase of life occurs to every individual, especially in the period between teenage to adulthood. Therefore, in order to maintain a positive mindset, you can choose to engage yourself in positive activities including; watching inspiring movies that make you look at the world in a more beautiful way, reading books that can make you reflect about your life, or listening to nice songs that invoke your great memories. As the more you associate yourself with positive activities, the more you are able to increase your mood enhancement. All of these will help you find more happiness and positivity in your life.