Down below will be a list of 38 different ways to evoke positive thoughts, ideas, and happiness.
Pick one out and accomplish it today.
Tomorrow, do it again. Rinse and repeat. Don’t ever stop.
- Remember that you have friends and family (or a pet) that loves and cares for you. Spend time with them, talk to them, tell them how you feel.
- Read an inspirational book. (You can get mine for free.)
- Read the biography of your idol or someone you deeply admire. Learn about their life, experiences, what challenges they faced and how they dealt with them.
- Exercise daily. No excuses. We are made to move around, not be idle.
- Listen to your favorite songs. When life’s tough, music makes it 100 times better. I sometimes wonder why music isn’t constantly playing 24/7.
- Take a power nap. I’m serious. Try it. (This video explains the beauty of it — and also gives you a scientific reason to nap.)
- Practice meditation. Never tried it? Look into it. I started by just sitting, closing my eyes, and taking deep breaths. The point is to be still, let go of things that don’t matter, and to simply breathe.
- Watch comedy. Something ridiculous. Get your mind off whatever you were thinking and just let go.
- Eat healthy, non-fried foods. All that salt and grease is going to make you feel sluggish.
- Think of all the positives in your life — the roof over your head, the clothes in your closet — and focus only on that. Forget about what you don’t have — that’ll come later.
- Sing out loud.
- Freshen up. Clean your face, brush your teeth. Do this at a random time of the day, I bet you feel ten times better.
- Write in your journal. Use visualization to see your thoughts down on paper. This a big difference between “I’ll remember for later,” and “Oh, I have it written down.”
- Play a competitive sport with friends, whoever.
- Talk about your ideas with someone. Get feedback. Discuss things you normally wouldn’t.
- Be vulnerable at all times. Practice this over and over, and I bet you will develop unforgettable relationships.
- If you’re close to the beach, go lay down and relax. Listen to the ocean.
- There is nothing wrong with being alone. Listen to your thoughts. Pay attention to the small details.
- Learn something new.
- Quit doing things you hate doing, no matter what. There was once a life where you didn’t do things you hated. Go back to that because you can.
- Every time you complain, write it down. What are you complaining about and why? Now view the other side of the story. Let’s say you’re being negative. Well, what could you be thankful for? Focus on that and forget everything else.
- Avoid complaining on Twitter or Facebook. It doesn’t solve your problem, it just prolongs it. Whatever your complaint may be, find a way to fix it or completely remove it.
- If avoidable, stop driving during the hours where traffic is heavy.
- Paint a picture or draw something. When’s the last time you did that?
- Read motivational and inspiring quotes. It’s amazing what a few words can do to your mindset.
- Happiness is a choice, right? Choose to be happy.
- Help someone out. Help a friend, a family member, someone random. Don’t expect anything in return. Just do it because that’s what good people do.
- Do something new. Never been to a concert? Try it. Never went snowboarding? Try it.
- Go to the movies.
- Look at old pictures of you and your friends and family. Look at how much you have grown and changed. Do you remember the young version of yourself? What you used to do? What you liked? How you acted? Nostalgia is a powerful emotion.
- Enjoy the sunlight. Bask in it.
- Turn off all electronics, social media, and television. Learn to shut off distractions. Be mindful of the moment you are in and completely enjoy it.
- Get in your car and go for a nice drive. Blast the music. Roll the windows down and just breathe. (Preferably when roads are empty).
- Try new food. You never know what you may like.
- If you can: travel. Even if it’s not that far, just go. See new places and try new things.
- Everyone longs to be appreciated. Show someone that appreciate and watch their face light up.
- Disregard stupid people. Don’t give them your time of day; they don’t deserve it. Saw something stupid on Twitter? Unfollow. Saw some ridiculous status on Facebook? Unfriend. Someone said something absurd to you? Laugh.
- Take a friends or family out to eat.
Do you have your own ways of evoking positive thoughts, ideas, and happiness?
I’m sure you do.
Please share your method below. You never know when someone might read your comment and use your insight.