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How to Maintain a Positive Outlook

Sometimes in life it feels like things just aren’t going the way you would have hoped. Life throws us many challenges along the way; job loss, relationship breakups, financial stresses, loss of loved ones, raising children, bad news, the list can go on. The truth is that within our lifetime we are going to face many challenges so how do we keep a positive outlook in our lives?

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Accepting what is happening, rather than fighting against can be difficult, but is necessary in maintaining a positive outlook. Whatever the situation, it IS happening, and fighting against the reality wastes energy and resources that would be better put to use in moving on with your life.

Look at your options

In a lot of difficult life situations, it’s the lack of feeling we have any options in our lives that leaves us feeling stuck and wanting to just give up. What we fail to see is there are always options on how we choose to react and behave, even when we feel there aren’t. Once we realize this, we recognize that we have some power in our lives and it creates choices for us to make. Now I am not saying that these choices are always easy, but they are still there for us to choose from.

List the positive things that are in your life right now

You might be saying, there is nothing positive in my life, but you are reading this right now, which means you have eyesight, you can read, you have access to a computer and the internet, and right there are positives that not everybody in this world has. Stop looking at what is lacking and start looking for what is present in your life and build on that. By focusing our thoughts on the positives we allow more of that feeling into our lives and helps us create a positive outlook.


When we smile it has the power to reduce the discomfort we may feel in a difficult situation, it makes us feel better, helps us to think clearer, attracts smiles from others and generally creates a more positive feeling within us. So even if you feel like your having a bad day, smile and feel the effects of creating a more positive outlook.

Mix with positive people

If you have ever spent significant time with a negative person you will know what a drain it is on your energy. Positive people make you feel better and help you to stay on track; they are uplifting and fun to be with. Try to reduce the amount of time spent with the people who are a negative influence in your life.

Look after your health

The way we treat our bodies has a significant effect on our health and our state of mind. Choose high quality, natural foods as often as possible. Go for a walk, join the gym or take a yoga class, physical exercise releases endorphins and will make you feel more positive.

Focus on the now

Stop concerning yourself with what may happen in your future. 99% of the time we give energy to worrying about things that never even happen. By focusing on the present we eliminate these concerns and allow ourselves to just be in the moment. This can benefit you greatly in maintaining your positive outlook on life.

It is unrealistic to expect that every moment of everyday you are going to feel positive. However by following the tips mentioned, you can decrease the frequency and length of the negative times and increase the positive feelings in your life.

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