Today I’m delighted to host a guest post by Jeremy Day who blogs at Insight Writer. Jeremy writes on personal development with a realistic touch: not the usual happy-clappy new age stuff but a real person leading his life the best he can. In this article, Jeremy tells use how to stay positive.
“You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.” -Dale Carnegie
I think the best people in the world are those that make it their job to be encouragers. I try to be one of those people when I can. However, I do eventually get run down by all the negativity in the world.
Recently I have been going through a little bout with depression. It’s not the kind that destroys you, but it sure takes all the fun out of your day. And your life! Because I haven’t had any depression in awhile I was in a funk and didn’t know what to do. I eventually decided that I would make a list of strategies that work to combat depression, so I could practice them now, and prevent more depression from occuring in the future.
How To Stay Positive
- Surround Yourself With Positive People – This can be hard especially when all the negative people are your co-workers or your family. Yet you can do a lot to maximize your time with positive people. Seek out friends that help you stay positive. Join clubs that help you stay positive. At the very least you can read books and blogs like this one that help you stay positive! 😉
- Smile a whole bunch! – There is a technical term I like to throw around a lot called psychosomatic. Good word to look up in fact. At it’s simplest it means the mind-body connection. Thinking yourself happy can make your body feel better and less stressed. Likewise, something like smiling, can cause your brain to think you are happy even if you aren’t. If you haven’t heard of it before, do a little research.
- Become a Problem Solver – Focusing on a solution to a problem, rather then focusing on the problem itself, can dramatically increase your happiness and positivity.
- Make a List – Not just any list though. Make a list of things you are thankful for. A list of things you love to do. A list of the people you love. Focusing on these things will help brighten your day. And when you go back to read them again, you can smile all over again! Refer to #2 above…
It took a lot of my friends to help turn around my depression. Slowly but surely I could let off the steam by surrounding myself with positive people, smiling more even if I didn’t want to, focusing on the solution rather then the problem, and simply writing positive things down.
At the end of the day you are simply letting negative thoughts out of your life, and positive thoughts into your life.
Hope you all enjoyed this! Please feel free to list other ways you stay positive in the comments below! And thank you Daphne for having me. It’s been a pleasure!