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​All of us wish to have inner-peace, enjoy pleasant moments and be happy. Yet circumstances are not always within our control as we experience negative feelings in situations. While it is not always easy to stay positive, it is useful to remember that we can control the thoughts in our minds. Being positive is thus within our capability, in spite of negative influences in our lives.

Being positive is more than just thinking positive thoughts and wishing for bad things to go away. It is about taking simple steps to make small changes in our daily lives in order to translate our positive thoughts into behaviour. By taking the extra step to act on your positive thoughts, you can further enhance your mental wellbeing.

Here are some other ways to be positive, pick ourselves up, perk-up and move on:

Be contented

Being contented and grateful for what you have is an important aspect of positive thinking. Thinking about what you don't have will only make you worry and lead you to be more dissatisfied with life. For example, instead of comparing your job and pay with others, focus on the positives instead and appreciate the amiable colleagues or opportunities that your job offers. When you are contented, you are also motivated to achieve your dream.

Be optimistic

"Impossible is Nothing", so the famous sports brand slogan says. If you think positively you will look for a solution and not dwell too much on the problem itself. When problems seem overwhelming or difficult to overcome, break down the problem into smaller parts and then seek to solve the individual parts bit by bit. Consulting friends or referring to books may also lead to surprising solutions.

Interpret objectively

There are many times in life when you may perceive situations to be negative or worse than they actually are. Such situations may lead to unnecessarily harsh self criticism or self blame. For example, when your boss gives feedback on how you can improve your proposal don t think of yourself as being lousy at your job or let it affect your mood after work.

Instead, interpret the situation objectively. There may be many reasons why you did not do a good job on the proposal. Perhaps you misunderstood the brief, or you did not do enough research. Take the feedback positively, learn from the experience and move on. Analyse what went wrong and focus on what you can improve on.

Do not let any negative feelings spill over to other aspects of your life, or let the "perceived" negative situation be a yardstick of your own capability.

Take a break

When faced with a problem, give yourself a break. Get into a relaxed state of mind. 

Temporarily disengaging your mind from a difficult problem helps to rejuvenate and refresh your mind. You may then attack the problem with renewed energy and zest. This will help you stay positive when you encounter difficult challenges or problems.

Need more help? Here are a few other easy to implement tips you can start using today.

S-M-I-L-E

Start smiling

It's the easiest thing in the world, but it makes all the difference. A smile can immediately lift your mood. It lights up the room and make things happier and brighter for everyone. Start off with a simple action like this and then watch how it leads to bigger and better things.

Make it happen

When you're thinking positively, it 's easier to realise a goal or overcome an obstacle. Positive thinking is a skill like any other, so it takes time, patience and effort to master. But the results will be worth it.

I can do it

Say it again and again. Affirm and encourage yourself with positive words when you're in challenging situations. By doing that, you re halfway there to solving the problem.

Laugh out loud

When everything feels like it's going wrong, try to find the humour in the situation. Laughter is infectious and it helps to bring people together. It relieves the body of tension and stress. Best of all, it's free!

Embrace Optimism

If you take a more optimistic outlook on life, it can improve both your physical and mental health. You will be able to cope better with stress and enjoy happier relationships with friends, family and colleagues.

You can further practise positive thinking by adopting the tips here:

  • Having a strong network of supportive family and friends helps enhance our mental wellbeing.
  • Manage your stress and take steps to experience positive emotions for a better quality of life.
  • Find out how being curious in our daily lives can help us be more positive.
  • It's not always easy to stay positive but being positive is within our capability, in spite of negative influences in our lives. Here are ways to stay positive!
  • See how you could correct inaccurate thought patterns and make an effort to think positively.
  • Being contented with life and what you have has many advantages. Find out why and read more on the tips here.

More Tips
Use only positive words while thinking and talking. Use words such as, 'I can', 'I am able', 'it is possible', 'it can be done', etc.

Remember the positive feelings associated with your strengths and successes. Recall them when you are faced with negative circumstances.

Listen to inspirational music or watch a movie that makes you feel optimistic.