Stay Positive and Be Thankful: 8 Tips to Beat Negativity
It is easy to develop a negative attitude that becomes a pattern for your life. That attitude affects your relationship with others around you as well as your faith. With these tips for overcoming negativity, you can work to become the positive person you want to be.
Develop an Attitude of Gratitude
Begin and end each day by thinking of one positive thing in your life and thanking God for the blessing. Family, food on the table and a roof over your head are just a few places to start, but you can extend the list easily.
Flash a Smile
When you choose to smile, even if you have to force the gesture, you signal your brain to release endorphins. Endorphins are feel-happy brain chemicals that can lift your spirits.
Spend Time With Positive People
Chose to spend time with people who display a positive attitude, even if their circumstances are difficult. If you spend too much time with those who react negatively, you start mirroring their negative responses in your own life.
Practice Christian Meditation
Focus your thoughts on scriptures about giving thanks while you meditate. First Thessalonians 5:18 is a good starting point. If you need more help, download a meditation app for your smart phone to help focus your thoughts.
Listen to Positive Worship Songs
Music creates a positive atmosphere. Songs of scripture help you memorize verses to recall them quickly when tempted to drift toward a negative attitude.
Say Thanks to People Who Help You
Looking for opportunities to say thanks helps to focus your mind on life’s little blessings instead of your negative experiences. Say thanks to waiters, check out clerks or anyone who helps you, even in the smallest way. Buy some pretty stationary and send thank-you notes to friends and family members for their kind gestures.
Journal Positive Thoughts
Keep a journal in which you record a positive aspect of events in your life. Even difficult circumstances bring about personal growth. When you feel the cloud of negativity floating over your head, read through the journal for more positive inspiration.
Philippians 2:14-15 warns against complaining. Such complaints focus your mind on the negative thoughts you are trying to avoid. Read a devotional on these verses to see how you can apply them to your life.