It can be hard to have a positive outlook sometimes. Things can easily get you down and leave you in a cycle of despair and crushed dreams. This doesn’t have to be the case. Happiness is not something that happens to you. Much like love, happiness is a choice. You have to will yourself to find the good in every situation. There is a silver lining in there somewhere and it’s up to you to find it. Even in the worst situations you have a choice. You can either focus on the fact that you lost your best friend, or you can be thankful for the time you got to spend with them. The hardest part is taking that first step and being willing to find the good. It’s hard, and it usually takes a push from somebody else. There are certain things, however, that you can do in your life to help you shift your perspective. Even something seemingly unrelated like going for a walk can make a huge difference. This isn’t a magic formula but it is the beginning of the rest of your life. No matter what has happened in the past, these are 25 great ways to love your life.
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Learn to accept love
If your friends or family offer to do something nice for you, accept it. And accept compliments too.
Even if it’s just a few hours every week, set some goals and try to achieve them.
Although it may seem to be superficial, the way you dress can easily affect how you see and present yourself.
Listen to people
Always try to learn something new from everybody that you talk to.
While realism is good, don’t let it dominate your life. Dream a little and hope for the best.
You never know what can happen simply by saying yes. Some of your life’s greatest adventures are waiting to happen, you just have to accept the challenge.
Surround yourself with positive people
If you only spend time with downers, your own mood and motivation are sure to plummet. The people around you make a huge difference.
Look at the future positively
Rather than trying to figure out what can go wrong, focus on what can go right. It’s amazing what a change of perspective can accomplish.
Talk to someone new everyday
Even if it’s the bus driver, try to engage somebody in conversation. You’d be surprised as to how many cool people you meet and how much of a boost it brings to your day.
Even if it’s just getting out of the city, try to change your scenery up. The world is a big place and traveling can really bring some perspective to your life.
Although you don’t have to welcome people back into your life (especially in situations involving abuse), you shouldn’t hold grudges because those will only hurt you. Forgive and try to desire the best for the people that hurt you, even if it is from a distance.
See the best in people
The less you use the part of your brain reserved for judgement, the lighter your mood will be. So don’t focus on people’s shortcomings but try to see what their good qualities are.
Be ok with change
Stop focusing on what could have been but rather try to see the good in the way things are. The world won’t wait for you and one of the greatest things you can do is adapt. As they say, change is the only constant.
Put people first
You may think that you would be better off with nobody in your life, but you are wrong. You are wired to be a social creature. You need people and by prioritizing them you are doing a lot of good for yourself and others simultaneously.
If you can do the other things we have mentioned so far, you should be well on your way to learning this important trait. Life is hard and it will require you to push through some hard times.
By making somebody else’s day you’ll see a major change in your own.
Look for opportunities
This goes along with saying yes. There are job openings, travel possibilities, and other great opportunities all around you. You just have to keep your eyes peeled.
It’s easy to forget that laughing, spending time with friends, and enjoying yourself is just as important to your life as everything else that you do.
These days, with the internet, there is no excuse to not keep learning new things. Take classes, expand your knowledge, and learn something new!
Get out into nature
If you live in the city or suburbs, make sure to get away from everything once in a while. We’re constantly bombarded with sensory input and it pays off to take a break from it now and then.
As the saying goes, “the less you have, the less you need.” If you don’t need something don’t buy it. You’ll have a lot less to worry about.
Do something creative
Whether it’s painting, dancing, singing, writing, or anything else, find a way to express yourself and your emotions. Even if you can’t do any of these things, just try your best and see if you don’t improve!
Allow for surprises
This one also goes along with saying yes. Stop trying to control and plan every aspect of your life. Let things happen a bit and see where you end up. It’s easier to let go than to try and juggle everything.
This is one of the most proven ways to enhance your mood and wellbeing. You don’t need to be a track star but just moving a little or going to the gym before work will make a huge difference in your day.
One of the best ways to enjoy your time is to give it away. Forgetting about yourself is often the best thing you can do for yourself.