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Positive thinking can set you up for success in every facet of your life. Thankfully, it isn’t hard to get your brain going in a positive direction, and there are actually a number of habits you can implement to get started on that today.

1. Show Gratitude Daily

A grateful mind is a happy mind. A simple way to get started on the path to thinking positively is to jot down the things that you are most happy with. Even if it is as simple as writing ‘there wasn’t any traffic on the way to work’, being thankful is the key to feeling positive. Rather than searching for the negative aspects of everything in life, try to be optimistic and find the good.

2. Take Care Of Your Body

While it may not be possible to make all the right choices regarding your health, by mindfully doing good things for your well being, you are taking a step in the right direction. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, eat a well-balanced diet, and get at least eight hours of sleep. Studies show that when you do these things, your mental health will greatly benefit, and in turn, it will be easier to focus on positivity.

3. Do For Others

When you genuinely try to help others, in large or small ways, you will feel so much better about yourself. If you see someone who needs help in the grocery store, helps them. If you have a friend who is going through a hard time and needs a word of advice, be there for them. Being positive for others is will help produce positivity in your own life.

4. Observe Your Thoughts

Mindfully work to understand your thoughts. What is bothering you? You can’t fix a problem you don’t understand, and the only way to understand it is to pay attention. Once you observe your thought patterns you can work towards a better mindset.

5. Use Positive Affirmations

Each morning, think of something positive that you want for your day. It can be as simple as “Today is going to be great!” or “I am going to be happy today.” Repeat it to yourself throughout the day, and believe it. Remember the old saying ‘Mind over matter?’ It’s true. Your mind has the power to produce your reality. So make it happen!

6. Meditate

Before you get started on your day, sit down in a quiet space for five minutes to meditate. Completely clear your mind and focus. You can do this by imagining a clean sheet of paper. Each time you begin to redirect your thoughts, don’t worry, just refocus on the sheet of paper. You will feel calmer and happier by doing this quick and simple exercise each day.

7. Connect With Others

Make it a point to speak to a stranger whenever possible. When you do, be kind to them. Find something to discuss with them and find a relation between the two of you. The best way to do this is when you are out in public and you hear someone talking to themselves, or speaking out loud in general, say something back. They may just walk away, but usually, when you do this, you will find that most people are longing for a two sentence conversation with another.

Positivity can work wonders in your life. Not only does negativity bring you down, but it also brings down others. Remember to speak positive, think positive, and live positively. I know it seems easier said than done, but it really isn’t. And once you get started, it will be a hard habit to break. However, why would you want to break such a good habit?