During the long Colorado winter, It’s not always easy to be positive. Let’s face it, we live in a stressful world. We face plenty of challenges and have numerous obligations. It’s no wonder it can be hard to put on a smile and think optimistically sometimes.

But a positive outlook can do wonders for you. It can relieve stress, ward off illness, help you live longer, and even attract other positive people to you. Positive thinking can generally make your life much better, so making an effort to bring more positivity in your life is worth the effort.  (If you are a skimmer don’t miss the last two lines of the blog!)

To help you get there, let’s talk about some ways to increase positivity in your life. With a little effort and some practice, you’ll start to feel the benefits of having an optimistic outlook.

Spend Positive Time with Loved Ones

You may spend a lot of time with your family but how much of it is positive chill time.  Time to really share and create memories? Steamboat Springs in the summer is a great place to enjoy a family summer break!  Lots of outdoor activities that don’t require any tech.  Enjoy actual face to face conversation!

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There is So Much to do in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the summer check out the Steamboat Springs visitors page for over 30 positive ideas!

Read Motivating Content

One of the biggest things that can influence how you see yourself and the world around you is the content you read. When you read an inspirational book, it can help your mind interpret things more positively. Reading motivational material can inspire you to overcome limitations, make better choices, and take positive actions more often.

Here are some recommendations for motivational books to read:

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero
The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World, by William H. McRaven
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and Its All Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson

Turn Off the News at Night

You may not even think about this, but the time of day you read negative content can affect how well you sleep. Some say it’s best not to watch the news right before bed as it can leave you feeling anxious. Instead, head out to a concert like the Strings Series we have here in Steamboat!

Banish the Negativity

While eliminating all the negativity in your life is a rather lofty goal, you can certainly identify a few that you can shed. Taking some time to reflect on the things that cause you the most stress and coming up with a plan to solve or get rid of them is a worthwhile exercise.

For example, one thing that causes a great deal of stress for a lot of people is clutter. You can probably relate to this one. Seeing clutter in your home, at work or in your life can distract you from focusing on the positive things around you.

Have you heard of the Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up? Yes, it’s a decluttering how-to book, but it also lays out a plan for banishing negative clutter and finding joy in your life. The premise is to go through your belongings and identify the ones that spark joy. The things that spark joy, you keep it. The ones that don’t, you get rid of it.

Get into Good Habits

Finally, we get to building good habits. We know breaking bad habits is difficult, so rather than trying to stop them, focus on developing and strengthening the good ones. As you do so, you may find yourself doing less of the bad and more of the good.

The following are some good habits to get into that are relatively easy to start:
Get a Massage
Exercise more
Get a Massage
Eat healthier
Get a Massage
Keep clutter out of your life
Get a Massage
Smile more
Get a Massage
See the good in things

We are just being silly in a way but there are real scientific reasons why a regular massage will change your whole outlook on life.  Don’t believe me check by following the links!  So many massages to choose from including Ultimate CBD Massage!

Final Thoughts

With these tips in mind, you’ll have an arsenal of ideas to increase positivity in your life and become happier and more focused.

After reading through them, what’s one way you can add positivity to your life? Share your idea in the comments.

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References:

1. http://time.com/5125894/is-reading-news-bad-for-you/

2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201705/5-reasons-clear-the-clutter-out-your-life

3. https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/16/03/biology-positive-habits

 

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