Do you remember the last time you uninhibitedly sang in the shower or simply enjoyed the softness of your sheets while in bed? How about the last time you phoned your mom and actually appreciated hearing her voice on the other end?
If you find yourself saying, “NO” to random questions that are supposedly reflective of your recognition of the simple joys you have in your life, then chances are that you’ve unknowingly cocooned yourself in the all-consuming bubble of everyday life.
When people are absorbed in their day-to-day activities, it becomes fairly easy to forget about the good things in life worth stopping for. The negativity that circulates just about everywhere then easily clings to those who are lost in their daily routines. People work themselves harder with the intention of reaching their goals faster, exhaust themselves in the long process and then complain why their dreams have seemingly been unreachable. Positive thinking and affirming oneself suddenly don’t have any place in their lives anymore as they busy themselves running after long-term happiness. Ironic, isn’t it?
Because happiness isn’t really a place that you work hard enough to travel to. It’s a state of feeling good, of contentment, of simply having positive emotions. Happiness is a decision that only you can make for yourself, and choosing to be happy means you are willing to choose optimism despite negative feelings.
Positive thinking does not happen in an instant. It is a self-driven habit formed with discipline and lots of practice. But though this is an exercise that can be difficult to do especially if you’ve become very cynical about life, one can always start with following the smallest positive thinking tips until it becomes natural for you to start your day with an optimistic attitude. Positive thinking attracts optimism, happiness, resilience, growth and success.
Here, some positive thinking tips to jumpstart your happiness project.
START YOUR DAY RIGHT.
Enough of waking up grumpy and dreadful of the day ahead! The moment you open your eyes, exercise self-affirmation and claim that today will be a good day! When you say affirmations repeatedly, more often than not, your mind tends to believe what comes out of your mouth. Eventually, your heart catches up too! Don’t expect a perfect day, however. A good day does not mean a day without the usual pitfalls but that you choose to be happy despite the bumps that may come along. Starting your day with affirmations gives you a positive outlook that’s meant to get you through your day with enough ease.
SNEAK IN SOME INSPIRATIONAL READING.
Since you have not gotten into the habit of positive thinking yet, what better way to do it than looking up some motivational articles online or from inspirational books? You will be delighted to see A LOT of resources that can inspire you to form your own positive affirmations and help you get your foot off the brake.
With the crazy goings-on in your life, it’s very easy to miss the little things that used to make you smile. If you used to enjoy your morning coffee in your kitchen but have opted to skip it for office coffee, why not wake up a little earlier and enjoy that few minutes you have with your good ‘ol cup of joe? Re-learn the small things that you enjoy and be grateful for the bursts of happiness they bring.
LAUGH AT YOUR BLUNDERS.
No one is perfect, so you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself when mistakes are made or when you’re stuck in a bad situation. Learn to let go of your worries, of your embarrassment and pride so that you will be able to find humor in your blunders and move on after them. Laughter makes you feel lighthearted and allows you to fully enjoy what goes around and after mistakes. You’ll also fondly remember to do better the next time around.
BE YOUR BEST VERSION.
Remember to take care of yourself. If you don’t feel well-rested, or generally good, positive thinking can be very hard to practice. Get plenty hours of sleep, have your nails manicured, or enjoy a message. Any form of relaxation does wonders to how great you will feel about yourself.
SING IN THE SHOWER.
It is in the confines of your shower that you are able to strip yourself of any inhibitions. This is the reason why singing during baths makes for a relaxing and feel-good activity. When you sing in the shower, you don’t realize that your voice is out of tune. Instead, you believe like you’re the best singer in the world that you know. Try shower singing or any other activity that you enjoy for your much-needed stress relief. You’ll feel amazing when you’re done.