Adapting a more positive mindset is less about the big changes you make in your life,
and more about the small shifts in your lifestyle. There are a variety of daily habits that
can help you start living a more positive, happier, and fulfilling life just by changing your
Here are 7 daily habits that can help you develop a positive mindset and start living your
life in a happier, more optimistic way.
1. Choose a Morning Habit That Makes You Feel Positive
Instead of stressing yourself out by trying to transform your entire morning routine with
habits you don’t have much interest in, just pick one. Choose one single habit that you
feel would put you in a good mood and make you feel good about yourself.
You may eventually add other habits to your morning routine to boost your positive
mindset, but for now, pick just one. Here are some ideas for positive habits you can add
to your morning routine:
- Writing in your journal every morning
- Going for a walk when the sun comes up
- Doing yoga or stretching
- Sitting on your patio or balcony with your morning cup of coffee or tea
- Meditation or visualization
2. Move Your Body in a Joyful Way
An excellent habit to add to your daily routine is to move your body in the form of
exercise. The key here is not to choose a fitness routine that is too rigid or try to punish
yourself for what you eat. Instead, you want to look at it as a joyful way to move your
body and treat your body with kindness.
Any form of exercise you enjoy can be included, such as:
- Walking your dog
- Going on a nature hike
- Strolling down the beach
- Doing yoga
- Early morning stretching
- Tai chi
3. Find Your Preferred Way to Practice Gratitude
Gratitude is essential when it comes to improving your mindset, but there isn’t just one
way to do it. You actually have a few different options for expressing gratitude on a daily
basis. This might include:
- Writing down what you are grateful for in a journal
- Writing down your gratitude list in your daily planner
- Keeping a gratitude jar, where you write something to be grateful for every day
on a piece of paper, fold it up and put it in the jar
- Thinking to yourself how grateful you are every time something good happens or
you feel appreciation for something
4. Use Positive Affirmations Every Day
To think more positively and change your mindset, you need to practice it every day.
One of the best ways to do this is with affirmations. Affirmations are positive words of
encouragement that you repeat every day in order to start changing your subconscious
mind, and eventually, your conscious mindset.
One thing to note is that in the beginning, affirmations won’t feel like they are making a
difference, but be patient. Choose affirmations that speak to you and invoke a positive
emotion, then write them down or say them out loud every day.
5. Think it, Then Write it Down
Writing your thoughts in a journal might not be your favorite thing to do, but it is really
impactful when you are trying to have a more positive mindset. You have so many
thoughts and feelings going through your mind that it can become overwhelming. It is
hard to be optimistic and happy and positive when you keep replaying stressful events
in your life.
Start a habit of doing regular brain dumps, where you write down everything on your
mind. It doesn’t have to take a long time or have any sort of structure to it. Just get your
thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Do this every day if you can, for at least a
few minutes a day.
6. Say Something Kind to Yourself
Now is the time to improve your self-talk. If you tend to think more negatively about
yourself, such as how you act, how you look, how others see you, your abilities and
talents, your mistakes, this is what is keeping you from having a positive outlook on life.
If you want a positive mindset, it starts with you and how you talk to yourself. You need
to be kind and talk to yourself like you would a best friend. That internal dialogue you
have and those feelings you have about yourself matter, even if they are never said out
Every time you think something negative about yourself, you are affirming it. Start
affirming something different. Start focusing on the good things about yourself, your
talents, your natural beauty, your kindness, all the things you are proud of.
If you find it difficult, just make a daily habit of writing down 3-5 things you love about
yourself. They can be the same every day, or change based on how you feel.
7. Visualize a Positive, Happy Life
Visualization is an amazing and simple tool that can start transforming your mindset into
one filled with positivity and hope. All you have to do is spend a few quiet moments
every day, either when you wake up and before you get out of bed, or at night before
going to sleep, and visualize your dream life.
It works best when you are in a restful state and you have no outside distractions, which
is why doing it in bed is so helpful. However, any time you are in a calm state during the
day can be useful.
It is similar to daydreaming, but you are focusing on something more specific, and
putting that positive scene on repeat. Chose a short scene to visualize that represents
something you want in your life, that also creates a positive, euphoric feeling.
It can be anything from playing with your kids or spending time in nature, to your
wedding day or achieving the success and abundance you are trying to attract into your
life. The only thing that matters is that it makes you happy and feel hopeful.
When you add these simply habits to your daily routine, you will notice that it is much
easier to maintain your positive mindset.