How to Stay Positive in a Negative World

Imagine a day when we can live in a world where there’s only positivity…

In a world that’s surrounded by nothing but bad news, why haven’t we done something to change the outlook and attitude of others? Why haven’t we faced our own attitudes in the mirror?

With that said, I digress.

In our daily lives, negativity surrounds us, undoubtedly. At work, in our families, in some friends, and even complete strangers. As much as you try not to let it affect your attitude or day, sometimes it can be inevitable; but there are ways around it. There are ways to not let your own negativity consume your every thought and your whole day.

How can one person live their life being miserable, bitter, filled with regret and anger, and just completely consumed in their own negativity?

Think of the effects it will have. The effects on your loved ones will be the most notable. Think about this…who really wants to be around such a negative person, and with such a bad attitude? You’ll start to notice more and more people in your life dropping like flies.

What’s worse is that you can potentially and permanently damage a relationship with a close loved one, such as a spouse or your children.

Take a step back for a moment and look at yourself in the mirror. If you are this negative person (and most likely you are self aware of it) then take a look deep into your past and your history of repetivness. What parts of your past repeated itself? What aspects have repetitive actions and consequences? Has anything changed? Have you done anything to change it yourself?

It’s a process. That is a fact. It’s not going to be easy. That is also a fact.  But what you need to realize is once you start to change, imagine all the positive attributes and aspects that will start to change for the better in your life. Imagine the people who will see the change and want to be part of your life again. Why would you do anything to mess that up?

Let’s use children for example. Let’s say you’re a parent and you have always had a difficult relationship with your child. Maybe you weren’t always there, but no matter what your child feels towards you for that, they are still willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. Your child is willing to give you a chance, time and time again. Yet every time you seem to screw it up. What aren’t you doing differently? Most people don’t give out chances. But if you’re a lucky one who has that spouse or child that is hoping for the best with you, then acknowledge it and show you appreciate them.

You see, no matter what happened in your past, there is always time to change. Your past should never define you nor should you let any event of your life alter your attitude entirely. Mistakes will be made, history will remain in the past if you understand how to leave it there, and forgiveness will always be offered in one way or another. Leave your past where it belongs, in the past! Leave your negativity behind you.

Embrace the now, and give thanks for what you have in your life currently. If all of that still fails to give you a more positive attitude then think about this…. are you breathing? Did someone give you life on this earth? Well then be thankful for that! Understand what it means for you to be here, alive and breathing. Acknowledge that you are responsible for also bringing life into this world and for the process of procreation. You are here for some reason or another, known or unknown, you are the reason for others to be breathing as well…your children.

These reasons should be more than enough for you to lead a more positive life with a better attitude. It’s never too late for change. It’s never to late to rekindle a lost relationship with a loved one, be it a sibling, a parent, a child, or a friend.

Make the most of what life has given you. Listen to others who are telling you that you need to change. Listen to those who care about you and want a better relationship with you. They only want you to be rid of the negativity and the past and continue on with what is now. There is no other time than now, right now.

We live in such a cruel and negative world, why not be the difference?

Be the person who will bring positivity to the work place. Be the one to mend the broken relationships in the family. Be the one people want to come to because your smile radiates positivity. There’s nothing more internally and externally beautiful than to see someone with such a positive attitude and such a positive outlook on life.