Shift to the Positive

Bring more happiness and positivity into your life. Make it a regular practice to build on the positive aspects of your experiences, while reducing negative thoughts. According to scientists who study positive psychology and happiness, there are a variety of techniques to help you shift to the positive. These include imagining our best possible self, making a list of things we’re grateful for, and bringing to mind people who give meaning and happiness to your life.

With this in mind, another important way to shift to the positive is to provide compassion and kindness to others. Helping to make others happy yields a tremendous reward in making yourself happy. So be generous in both deeds and spirit. And with regular practice, you’ll soon embody these positive qualities and move towards a healthier, more uplifting outlook.

The Bright Side of Hope

Trying to find something to drive you isn’t always easy, but having hope is one simple way to keep yourself going. According to positive psychology, hope motivates us towards a goal while maintaining the belief that goal can and will be achieved. It’s something we can hold on to while we persevere. If you want to set a new goal for yourself this Monday, remember to include hope while you pursue it.

The Benefits of Smiling

“It takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown!” This is a common expression used to encourage people to look at the bright side and focus on the positive. But what if the physical act of smiling actually had a positive effect on your brain? Research says that it just might! Start this Monday with a smile to give your brain a pick-me-up!

Gratitude

If you’re feeling stressed this Monday, it might help you to look beyond yourself to find something that makes you happy. If you can think of even one person who has shown you the tiniest bit of generosity, consider yourself grateful – and thank them. The act of expressing gratitude may reduce feelings of stress in your life, so find some time this Monday to pay it forward!

Finding Balance

“Having a life” means spending your time being productive and social in the outside world. While it’s important to stay in the loop and earn a living, it’s equally important to take time for yourself. After all, you are the primary figure in your life. Spend this Monday finding balance between what you do for others and what you do for yourself.

Celebrating Everyday Heroes

It’s easy to become stressed out when there are many frustrating factors in your life. Maybe the news is always causing you to worry or your job is becoming more of a chore than a pleasure. One way to refocus how you think is to remember that there is good happening outside the cycle of negativity – and you can play a role in that. This Monday, consider everyday heroes and what some people – and you – are doing to make the world a better place.

Forgiveness

If you’ve been holding in a lot of anger after someone hurt you, you might be hurting yourself even more. Stress caused by being mad at someone or holding a grudge can have an effect on physical health. One way to alleviate those symptoms is to practice forgiveness. This Monday, resolve to relieve yourself of a stressful burden and learn to forgive.

Happiness as Medicine

When many of us hear the word “health,” we tend to think about what’s going wrong with our health. “Health” is associated with doctors, illnesses, and preventing the need to deal with either of those. What if we flipped the script and made health about what is making us thrive instead of what is making us sick?

Unplug to Unwind This Monday

It’s a source of pride to be “plugged in” to daily life. Whether you’re using technology to follow pop culture or the news, or it’s helping you do your job and keep up with friends, being tethered to our smartphones and computers keeps us in the loop every second of the day. But is that a good thing?

Reading Fiction for Stress Relief

There are several ways to make time for yourself when daily stress is taking its toll. But what if there was an easy way to escape to somewhere else? Maybe you can’t physically transport to another time or place, but reading fiction can take your mind out of the real world for a short time.

Reenergize

This week, think of Monday as a fresh start. Use it to reset your attitude and confidence. Begin by taking several deep, calming breaths, then gently let go of your worries and stress. Pledge to make this week positive and productive. Keep this uplifted outlook throughout the week by making a few sensible choices in your diet, exercise and sleep. Let your positive energy radiate to those around you.