Fighting to See the Silver Lining in Daily Life
The daily grind can get a lot of people down. It's really easy to get caught up in the routine and the demands of life and forget all of the goodness that is out there. Rest assured, it is still out there. Positivity hasn't changed. It's the attitude of the individual that needs to change. Those looking to get more out of life often need a positive attitude adjustment first.
Five Steps to a Better Point of View
Obtaining a better point of view doesn't happen overnight; this takes some dedication and practice to get there. Just as the demands of everyday life gradually wore away at a positive outlook, getting that outlook back is also gradual.
Make Weekly Goals
Try making weekly goals concerning your attitude and work on it over time. Trying to implement too many changes at once is a sure set up for failure. Many people make use of positive attitude quotes as a way of reminding themselves to keep their chin up, so to speak. There are websites, calendars, and even smart phone apps that will supply a new positive attitude quote each day to focus on. Some people refer back to these quotes repeatedly throughout their day, repeating them often like a mantra, to keep their spirits up.
Aside from providing a shot of optimism, there are other suggestions for making a positive outlook change. For example, Albert Schweitzer said, "Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it." Helping others, either those close to you or through volunteering, is often shown to provide people with a great sense of optimism.
Closely related to this is the practice of thinking of the other person. In relationships at home or at work, try to put yourself in the other person's shoes. Try to find the positive in every situation. There is the old saying that everything happens for a reason, so look for that reason. Practicing this usually diffuses difficult situations and can bring out a more compassionate you.
Take Time for Yourself
Of course, you also need to make time for yourself. One of the biggest contributing factors to depression, stress, and overall burnout is a lack of attention to one's own needs. Even if all that can be squeezed in is fifteen minutes with a good novel on a work break or a long bath after the kids go to bed, it needs to be done. If possible, try to work in some exercise. A trip to the gym isn't possible for everyone, but a ten minute walk or stretching while watching a favorite show, can be done by just about everyone. Increasing activity levels is also associated with a positive attitude. Along with good exercise comes a healthy diet. The better you feel, the more likely you are to have a positive outlook. Many may be thinking now that this list is becoming overwhelming, but keep in mind that this is a gradual process, not meant to be done overnight.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
How are the attitudes of your friends and peers? If surrounded with negativity, making a positive attitude adjustment can be really hard. If those you socialize with are a part of the problem, perhaps it is time to move on to a different group of people. On the other hand, if you feel particularly committed to your negative friends, perhaps you might be able to convince them to make the change with you. Finally, keep at it and try not to get discouraged. This takes time and effort, and as with all things, some stumbling is bound to happen. The end result will be ingrained habits that will help you make the best and most of life.