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Learn How To Have A More Positive Day

We can all be happy and positive when things go our way, but have you ever looked at how positive you are when life deals you a doosie? When you wake up on the ‘wrong side of bed’? When everything around you seems to be going pear-shaped?

Have you ever caught yourself with a negative attitude that lingers for most of the day?

Have you always wondered how some people always seem to be happy?

Do you want to uncover ways that you can be more happy even during the most difficult of days?

Below are five steps you can take everyday to make your attitude and spirits more positive.  Give them a try.  You never know, they just might make you one of those “happy” people!

In the Savvy Team, we talk a lot about the importance of personal development, but what many people do not understand is that personal, or self development is merely another way of saying ‘make the most of yourself and your life’. It’s about taking responsibility for your attitude, about striving to always look on the positive side of life and it’s about looking for the best outcome rather than at whats wrong.

We do actually have the ability to choose how we feel, but most people work on a ‘default’ mechanism. Here are five steps recommended by Matt Maresca to make your attitude and spirits more positive.  Give them a try.  You never know, they just might make you one of those “happy” people!

1.) Wake up and Smile

Did you know that smiling releases endorphins, those feel-good hormones?

Put a note next to your alarm clock that reminds you to smile when you wake up.  You have a lot to be grateful for, and most important of these things is your life.  You have a new day and a new opportunity to do great things.  There is no better way to show your appreciation for all this than with a smile.  And there is certainly no better way to start your day on a positive note!

Editor: Smiling is a great way to make yourself stand out while helping your body to function better. Smile to improve your health, your stress level, and your attractiveness. Smiling is just one fun way to live longer, but here are eight other benefits!

1. Smiling Makes Us Attractive: We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away — but a smile draws them in. It welcomes.

2. Smiling Changes Our Mood: Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance you mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood.

3. Smiling Is Contagious: When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

4. Smiling Relieves Stress: Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

5. Smiling Boosts Your Immune System: Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

6. Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure: When you smile, there is a measurable reduction in your blood pressure. Give it a try if you have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still smiling. Do you notice a difference?

7. Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin: Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. When you smile the muscular activity triggers something in the brain that releases endorphins into your bloodstream, where they travel to every cell in your body, even if the smile is fake. These endorphins are natural pain killers, with no harmful side affects. Smiling is a natural drug.

8. Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger: The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day – you’ll look younger and feel better.

2. ) Write Out Your Thoughts

There’s undoubtedly a lot going on in your head, even when you first wake up in the morning.  Both consciously and subconsciously there are a lot of things taking up valuable space in your mind.  Some of these things are positive, while others are troubling.  The troubling things will cause needless worry and anxiety unless they are dumped from your brain in a positive way.

I like to start my day by writing out all my thoughts.  I don’t stop writing until I am done.  I write several pages the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.  When I’m finished, it’s amazing how light and free my mind feels!  This is because I have freed up valuable real estate.  This allows me to focus on what I need to get done to make the day successful.  I highly recommend you give this exercise a try.

3.)  Repeat Your Positive Thoughts

Repetition is the key to learning.  Throughout the day, you will certainly be repeating many thoughts over and over in your head.  Unfortunately, most people tend to repeat negative thoughts.  You may recall days when you’ve repeated the same fear, or the same worry, many times over.  Perhaps you were nervous about something you were going to do later that day, so you repeated all the negative thoughts surrounding this event as it neared.

Instead, you should challenge yourself to repeat only positive thoughts.  If you catch yourself with a negative thought, put a spin on it.  If you’re nervous about something you have to do, imagine it being finished.  Even better, imagine it actually going well!  Then repeat that experience in your brain several times throughout the day.  This will not only calm you, it will also put you in a better position for success.

4.)  Do the Most Important and Difficult Things First

Often times, the most important things you need to do in the day are also the most difficult.  There is a reason for this.  It is easy to do the easy things, so no one has a problem doing them; therefore, the easy things are rarely important.  It’s the difficult things that could make or break your day, and you know this.  As a result, you put them off.  You wait for the time to be just right to do them.  You wait for yourself to be in the proper mood to get them done with the most energy and enthusiasm.

But it is rare that you ever find that “just right” time.  What happens when you put these difficult tasks off until late in the day is you make them sit in the back of your mind.  You dread knowing that eventually you are going to have to do these things, and this thought sits with you the whole day.

Yet if you simply do the most important things first, you free the dread from your mind and you set your day up to be very productive.  Perhaps new opportunities will open up for you.  Maybe you’ll be able to spend a little more time relaxing.  One thing’s for sure, by getting the difficult tasks out of the way early, each subsequent task will be much more enjoyable.

5.)  Take Some Time Out to Laugh

Even if your day is highly stressful, even if it seems everything is going wrong; take a minute to just have a laugh and realize things really aren’t as bad as you’re making them out to be.

I remember one time I was having one of those “Murphy’s Law” kind of days.  Actually, it was a rather terrible week.  Everything that could possibly go wrong, did.  Or so it seemed.  And so, I spent some time wallowing in self-pity and went onto Facebook to share my bad vibes with my friends by posting my status: “when it rains, it pours.”  Then, as I was walking home that night all sullen and deflated, the skies opened up and brought about a huge deluge on torrential rain.  Without an umbrella, I thought to myself “It just never ends.”  But then I remembered the Facebook status that I had just posted and realized that it had become literal.  It didn’t just rain, it poured.  And with that, I had a laugh.  I thought Mother Nature was really starting to mess with me.  This was the end of my downer attitude.

Laughter really is an amazing thing.  It makes you temporarily forget your worries and your fears.  It makes you more comfortable in uncomfortable situations.  It lifts your spirits and improves your mood.  It makes other people like to be around you and helps you like to be around other people.  Laughter is friendly and warm.  It makes you feel lighter, physically and emotionally.

So when things aren’t going so well, or even if they are, take a step back from your day and have a laugh.  Have a laugh with a friend, or even with yourself.  Just remember to relax and let it loose.

Remember, things are only as good as you make them out to be.  You have the power to make your day as positive as you want it to be.  Have fun, relax, and enjoy!  Each day is special; each moment, unique.”

About the Author
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Matt Maresca is a motivational entertainer who seeks every opportunity to inspire others with his unique philosophy on life. His website on motivation aims to put a unique spin on the world of personal development. For more from Matt, please visit here.

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