6 Tips for developing a Positive Mindset

August 6, 2020
6 Tips for developing a Positive Mindset
6 Tips for developing a Positive Mindset

Positive mindset

Most of us would agree that a little more positivity in our lives would go a long way toward feeling happier. But what does that really mean? Is getting a positive mindset as simple as saying a few positive affirmations each day? Getting 8 hours of sleep and plenty of exercise the key? or is it gathering around a campfire singing “Kumbaya”?

I agree that diet, exercise, and sleep are fundamental in developing a positive mindset, and are part of what I call the “Basic Positivity Foundations”, however when it comes to maintaining a positive mind-set it is slightly more complicated, a moving target so to speak.

An ever-changing combination of the right habits, beliefs, and actions is what creates longevity in having a positive outlook, one that can truly have a real impact on the quality of one’s life.


“Probably the biggest insight is that happiness is not just a place, but also a process. Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges and . . . it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy.”

– Ed Diener

What is Positive Thinking?

Basically positive thinking or a positive mindset is about seeing things from an optimistic perspective, regardless of the obstacles we face. The challenges don’t just magically evaporate just because you have a positive mindset or outlook. Positive mind setting helps you navigate around the barriers; stay focused, and feel happier as you do so.

The great news is we have the ability to change the way we think and feel about things or situations which in turn allows us to have control when it comes to deciding if we want to see things more positively or not.

I won’t go deep into retraining your subconscious and changing beliefs, and habits today, rather I’ll talk about some things you can do immediately to at least feel more positive even if superficially to start with.

Basic Positivity Foundations

Positivity and Sleep

Some people require more sleep than others to feel fully charged. However studies have shown we need on average 6-8 good sleep hours per night. Without enough sleep studies have shown people are less joyful, lack motivation, and enthusiasm, and feel less fulfillment.

Positivity and Water

It’s super important that you rehydrate first thing in the morning. If your brain is not rearing to go then neither will you be emotionally or physically. Of course, you need to drink plenty of water throughout the day too, especially if you drink coffee or tea (diuretic).

Positivity and Diet

Stay away from sugar as much as possible, sure you’ll get an initial energy boost however you will also get the sugar crash making it harder to keep positive. Include in your diet things like mushrooms, berries, and whole grains.

Positivity and Exercise

This one’s a “no brainer” really. About 20 minutes a day or at least three times per week, preferably in the morning; why? It increases oxygen to your brain, releases endorphins, serotonin and dopamine; all these “feel good” chemicals flowing around your body have got to be a good thing.

Positive Self Talk

Our inner voices are fueled by emotion, and that has a big impact on the way how we talk to ourselves, our behaviors, our beliefs, attitudes, and habits. Change those negative statements into constructive or positive statements; a simple example is saying “I don’t” in place of “I can’t”

Mantras and positive affirmations

So many scientific studies show a real measurable benefit in practicing daily self-affirmations, helping with more optimism and positivity when reflecting your core values and belief system. It’s recommended 3-5 times a day

Examples of positive mantras and affirmations:

  • Today I chose to be happy
  • I am blessed with amazing friends and family
  • I am strong and brave
  • Today I chose to be happy
  • I will surround myself with positive people
  • I embrace positivity and optimism
  • It will get done
  • I am love, I am purpose
  • It will get done
  • I am very calm and confident
  • I have all the skill and knowledge to do my job
  • My work brings me joy and happiness
  • I have exceptional talents and abilities

Contributing Writer at Nurturely
Phyllis is passionate about the field of mental health and well-being and a self development enthusiast.
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