If you have read my blog in the past you probably know that 2016 was a rough year for me.
Thankfully, 2017 was much better and this year seems to be following suit.
I’ve noticed one thing that I have been consciously trying to change about myself has made a BIG impact on my emotional wellbeing, my attitude, and my life in general: that’s practicing a positive mindset and surrounding myself with that same energy.
“Kindness doesn’t mean tolerating those who don’t match your energy” – Cara Alwill Leyba
In the past I caught myself being really judgemental of others, isolating myself, and just being negative. I can’t imagine what it was like for my family and friends to be around me.
I always had something to complain about or a comment to make, that was usually not helpful.
Fun at parties, right?
Lately, I’ve not only been trying to surround myself with positivity but project that to others around me.
Shutting out negative thoughts and replacing them with either gratitude or praise has changed my entire mindset.
When I feel like talking about someone I try to either change the subject or say something kind instead, or maybe if it’s a person that’s not so kind themselves I try to reason with myself that they could have a plethora of problems I don’t even know about.
Some of the ways that I have changed my outlook and become a happier and more positive person are:
Distancing myself from or cutting out people who are negative/toxic
Spending time with my family and friends
Stopping negative self-talk
Investing in myself
Consuming positive content like uplifting and motivating podcasts
Speaking kindly of others
Not to say that negative people don’t come into my life and bring me down with them or that I don’t feel negative and mean-spirited sometimes, but its something I am constantly trying to work through and cut out of my life.
It’s impossible to cut out all of the negativity in your life, but you can make an effort that can change your entire outlook and vibe.
I choose happiness, success, and gratitude.
I do not choose judgment, self-deprecation, competition, or mean-spiritedness in general.
Because, what’s the point? If you want to be happy in life you can’t focus solely on the bad. There are so many things to be happy and grateful for.
Every change takes time, and I’ve noticed the more I practice it the easier it becomes and more integrated into my natural thought process.
So if you are struggling or feeling bogged down in negativity and hatred, I see you and I know its hard. Life and people can be awful, and the day-to-day can bring you down.
Just remember that your happiness is the most important thing and that life is too short to be miserable.
Take care of yourself and seek out all of the little things that make you smile, because you are worth it.
Seek joy every. single. day.
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How do you infuse positivity into your day/mindset? Leave a comment down below 🙂