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How to stay positive in 5 easy steps

by Anna Nuttall

I would say that I’m now a positive person. What I mean by that, I wasn’t always a positive person – I was down right miserable and a permissive. I let stressful situation bother me and every day I would wake up feeling down in the dump.  I think the biggest change in my mood was meeting Richard, my husband and changing my work situation. This guy is quite frankly the most positive happy person on earth, it incredibly hard to be in a bad mood when you’re around him, he’s also a very grounded person and offer good solid advice when life isn’t going my way. I’ve mentioned my previous work experience before and how it left me utterly down in the dump and very stressed.

So with that said, I’m a positive person due to the changes in my life and people I have met and now been living my life in a more positive way over the last year. With that all said and done I thought I would share some tips for staying positive in 5 easy steps. I say ‘easy‘ very loosely because I know it never easy to stay positive, but with a little practice  every day and with these 5 advice, it might help change your outlook on life.

Start your day on a happy & fresh note

Wake up with a smile on your face, I know this isn’t always easy but once you start to smile you will feel instantly happier. When you start your day on a happier and fresher note, your day will be a lot easier to deal with whatever you are doing. Look into your bathroom mirror and smile and if you are having trouble doing that then perhaps stir up a memory that made you have a giggle fits, that should make you instantly smile.  As well as smiling, also wake up to a morning routine that you can look forward too, even if it mean just brewing your favorite cup of coffee or putting on spotify. Even if you have to wake a little earlier, do it as it give you time to pamper yourself and give you a fresh outlook for the day ahead.

Stop living in the past

One of the main things I’ve learned over the past year or so is to stop living in the past, yeah that situation was completely rubbish and I was stressed out of my brain but I moved on and I’m now living in the present. Letting your mind wander to past stressful experiences or trying to predict how the future going for you can set you  in a state of unhappiness or anxiousness; I know I was the same for a very long time. Try to erase it in your mind by perhaps writing it in a diary and then through it away or talk it all through with someone. Life is for living now, remember yolo.

 Deal with a problem directly

Dwelling on a problem will only extends the course of your negative thinking. If a problem comes up that puts you in bad spirits, deal with it as soon as possible. By dealing with a situation and moving on is something I’m still learning, so I know it isn’t always easy. Deal with the problem by writing a letter/email to that person saying how unhappy you are, or perhaps speak to them directly. It a very brave thing to do but hopefully should clear any bad energy and solve the problem directly.

Don’t get wrapped up in other people’s problems

I’m sure we all seen those status on Facebook where someone post what I called ‘attention seeking status’, you know the one who write every thing that is happening in their life. Or someone who come into work/school/college/uni/club with a bucket loads of problems, so much so you ended up being wrapped in that person problem. To the point where it affecting your mood, you feel as down in the dump as this person. What I learn is that other people will always have their problem and will always post those attention seeking status. Be a shoulder to cry on or an ear to listen over coffee, the thing to remember here is to not let those problems become a part of your life. Do whatever you can to help out that friend, but taking on the weight of their own problems will only transfer that negativity into your own life. Remember that life have a way where things will work out and that for the mean time you can only support them. And also you can always block those attention seeking status if it get too much..but shh don’t tell them that.

Don’t let small issues become big ones

As I mentioned before, if you continue to dwell on a situation or an issues from the past, it will grow and grow and eventually take over your life. Stop before it does actually take over your life, and squash it at the very beginning. If you can’t deal with something then walk away or move onto something else. Once again I know this isn’t easy but remember you do have a choice in life and you should never-ever let a small issue bring you down. You need to shake it off.


I hope you liked these small bits of advice. I’m obviously not an expert or anything. What would be your plan on positive?



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Ron 17th July 2016 - 10:57 am

These are such great tips! I definitely agree with “Stop living in the past.” We can’t change what already happened and we must look for ways (with an optimistic mindset) to move forward. Learning from past mistakes and accepting that we all make mistakes also help guide us to being more positive. Great post!

New reader,

Ron | Nearby Wanderer

Reply 17th July 2016 - 11:12 am

Great advice! Specially the last tip (“Don’t let small issues become big ones”) is very useful to me. I often keep overthinking certain issues for way too long. It’s way better to just give it a place and move on.

Helena 17th July 2016 - 11:30 am

Sometimes, being and staying happy is a struggle to me, but reading posts like your make it easier. I tend to forget that life is about the little things. Thank you for this post, it means a lot!

Marie Cole 17th July 2016 - 12:27 pm

These are really helpful! Sometimes I dwell on some things that happened in the past and it ruins my whole day. I just need to move past it and live in the present!


Love30 17th July 2016 - 1:02 pm

I absolutely love your post! This is how I’ve been thinking and doing for the last few months and it’s really helped with my confidence too. Positivity and mindset is such a powerful thing. Ree Love30

Vyjay Rao 17th July 2016 - 2:20 pm

Yes start the day with a positive frame and you go through the day like a breeze. Also the secret is to stay in the present and not brood over the past or worry about the future.

Jasmin N 17th July 2016 - 2:21 pm

These are really helpful tips!
Keep up the good work, such a positivity boost 🙂

♥: Jasmin N
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Carola 17th July 2016 - 3:04 pm

Great advice. I love the first one. If you just start on happy note, it’s half the work. And ofcourse, things will always happen. But keeping positive is very important!

Gill Jacob 17th July 2016 - 4:29 pm

Great tips, agree with what you say but sometimes it can be difficult not to get involved with other peoples problems if you care about them.

Fashion Phases 18th July 2016 - 3:00 am

Great post! Start your day on a happy & fresh note and stop living in the past are the two most important steps to live life in a positive way.

Mai C. 18th July 2016 - 5:00 am

Having a positive mind set is important because you won’t be carried away by stress so easily. I hate starting the day with negative comments and complaints, it just ruins the mood. This is very good advice!

Hungry_Healthy_Happy 18th July 2016 - 10:17 am

Stop living in the past is such an important one, but such a hard thing to do as well.

Alicia 18th July 2016 - 12:49 pm

This is such helpful advice! I feel like I can follow most of this the majority of the time, but it’s so hard not to be emotional at times, but I always prefer when I can view things rationally.

Beautyqueenuk 18th July 2016 - 3:15 pm

I absolutely agree with all of the points you have made in this post x

Berlin Domingo 18th July 2016 - 3:29 pm

Agree on the list. Dont sweat the small stuff. And living the past is hurtful and we cant grow and live life completely if our past still haunts us.

Berlin Domingo 18th July 2016 - 3:40 pm

Dont sweat the small stuff is one food advice and so are others in the list.

Oana Chirila 20th July 2016 - 4:15 pm

Very good pointers, I am particularly in favour of not allowing other people’s drama become your own.xx

Mary Jane Tauyan Fitzsimmons 20th July 2016 - 5:01 pm

super agree with everything. i dont like when people stress so mucj with small problems. solve it then move on. listening to good music in the morning really helps me

mail4rosey 20th July 2016 - 6:52 pm

I should have taken heed of my own smart sense for one of these a couple of days ago. I really blew it hurting a friend’s feelings on something I’ve been holding back from telling her for years. I knew she couldn’t handle the truth. She’s wonderful but can dish it out but certainly not take that, and I knew… yet I blew like a gasket. First time in many years I’ve done so with anyone and I regretted it instantly. She was and is wounded. It’s going to take a long time to heal and all I had to do was be smart and not let the petty be the big picture. Too late now.

Kara 21st July 2016 - 12:59 pm

I learned a long time ago not to live in the past and look at the present and forwards only – it saved my sanity

Kara 21st July 2016 - 2:09 pm

Some very effective tips here – living in the past is a big no-no – learn from it and move on


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