How do we stay happy when we are surrounded by so many negative influences in life? Relationships, finances, colleagues, career, family and health. In this post, we look at 5 ways to a healthier, happier you.
1. Accept Failure
A big part of being a positive person is the ability to accept that there are always going to be things you can’t control. Whereas negative people tend to see this as a personal failure, positive people are better at putting this into perspective and understanding that life will naturally be full of ups and downs. Failure can also be a huge source of motivation. So if you don’t succeed at first, pick yourself up and try again!
2. Don’t Look to Others for Approval
One of the most common characteristics of a negative person is that they constantly look to others for validation, and often feel that they aren’t living up to people’s expectations. While you should be inspired by the people around you, it’s up to you to define your success and happiness. It’s important to set your own parameters around what happiness means to you. What makes one person feel good isn’t necessarily going to make you feel happy too.
3. Give Yourself Down-time
Most people are busy and stressed-out. They rarely give themselves time to rest and relax. But if you imagine trying to hold your breath indefinitely, what would happen? You would shut down. Same thing happens if you don’t give your brain the opportunity to recharge. Spending time doing light reading, walking or meditation can help you get more done in less time.
4. Know When to Say ‘No’
Being an active, proactive person often means you struggle to say “no” to opportunities or requests from other people. But happy people who have a successful balance in life, know that it’s not always possible to say ‘yes’ to everything.
5. Surround Yourself with Positive Energy
It is hard to walk into a funeral and be happy. Same thing with life. It is hard to be happy if you don’t surround yourself with positive energy, and things that make you feel alive. Happy people make an effort to put themselves in situations that make them feel happy and secure. Along with saying “no”, happy people are also clear on what things to say “yes” to. It is about prioritizing yourself first.
But it makes you also wonder, if you are to surround yourself with positive people, what can you bring to their lives that will want them to spend more time around you too?