by Laura Gibbons
Have you ever met someone that always seems happy no matter what kinds of obstacles life throws at them? This is the person that could step in gum in the parking lot or spill coffee on their brand-new shirt and still keep a smile on their face. These people have bad days just like everyone else yet they somehow manage to maintain a positive attitude and demeanor.
Do you try to maintain a positive attitude yet the world seems to be conspiring against you? You try to keep a smile on your face but obstacle after obstacle finally wears you down? Ever wondered how these perpetually positive people do it? What is their secret to staying positive all of the time? Here are 10 common habits of positive people.
1 – They take responsibility. Positive people don’t view themselves as victims or depend on others to make them happy. They recognize that it is up to them to make themselves happy. Positive people know that they have the power to create their own destiny and they are not afraid to go after what they want in life.
2 – They get rid of toxic relationships. Positive people are not afraid to let go of toxic relationships. They acknowledge that these relationships are not beneficial to anyone involved. They drain your happiness, lower your self-esteem, and can be damaging to you mentally and physically.
3 – They surround themselves with other positive people. Jim Rohn once said, “You are the average of the five people that you spend the most time with.” If you surround yourself with other positive people, it will be easier to maintain a positive attitude. If you surround yourself with negative people, eventually those negative attitudes will wear you down and you will become negative as well.
4 – They are proactive. Positive people don’t sit around waiting for things to happen to them. Instead, they are actively involved in creating their own destinies. If they find themselves in a tough situation, they focus on solutions not on self-pity.
5 – They aren’t afraid to let things go. Positive people focus their energies on things that make them happy. They don’t feel compelled to finish projects or tasks that don’t bring them joy. They understand the difference between quitting and letting go.
6 – They keep the past in the past. Positive people don’t dwell on the past. They know that they can’t affect the past no matter how hard they may try. Positive people learn from past mistakes and accomplishments and use that knowledge to better their current and future self.
7 – They are grateful. Positive people are grateful for every good thing in their lives. It is so easy to get caught up in the negative aspects of everyday life. These can be simple things such as the long line at Starbucks in the morning or the unexpected traffic jam. The positive person acknowledges all of the good in life and is grateful for every opportunity.
8 – They don’t ignore problems. Positive people recognize that ignoring problems won’t make them go away. They understand that ignoring problems is not the same as solving them. Leaving problems unsolved often weighs you down and leaves you feeling stressed or anxious.
9 – They don’t bully themselves. Positive people acknowledge that they are not perfect. They understand that they are going to mess things up from time to time. Instead of beating themselves up for their imperfections, they choose to learn from the mistakes and move on.
10 – They participate in calming rituals. Positive people have some sort of calming ritual that they can depend on when they need to relieve stress, anxiety, or reset their mindset. These rituals vary from person to person. Some people enjoy running or kickboxing while others prefer meditation or reading a book in solitude.
These are our top 10 habits of positive people. How many of these habits do you follow in your own life? What other habits to positive people live by? Write your thoughts in the comment section below.
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About the Author:
Laura Gibbons is the founder of 9to5SurvivalGuide.com. Laura has survived 12+ years in the corporate retail environment. She has dealt with difficult co-workers, impossible bosses, and stressful work environments. She now shares her insights and expertise on career advancement and 9 to 5 survival through her website.