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How to Improve Your Life Without Doing Too Much

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You would think that you’d start at the top of the spectrum and ease your way down but the day has barely started and you’re ready to throw in the towel.

You haven’t even swung your feel off of the bed before you’re staring at the ceiling and rolling your eyes in distress.

As you robotically move throughout the house doing your morning routine, your mind recaps all the troubles of yesterday.

You can’t help but grumble to yourself while you’re splashing your face with water.

The faces you make while you’re brushing your teeth would have anyone else convinced that you’re getting into every nook and cranny but you’re really just reliving your reactions to the plights of days gone by.

You’re so annoyed.

Everything sucks and the day hasn’t even started yet.

Making It Better

No wonder you don’t have the best attitude. How could you after what you just went through mentally?

I know being optimistic seems tough, especially when life keeps throwing lemons at you. But there’s still a way to turn it into lemonade.

The same way you put yourself in a bad mood, that’s the same way you can improve it.

You keep focusing on the bad things, even things that are no longer a present issue. That’s what’s keeping you from being optimistic and turning things around. Instead it’s taking you to a negative place.

Being optimistic isn’t as hard as it seems. It’s just a matter of letting that stuff go.

If it happened yesterday and it’s over with, don’t bring it into a new day.

Each day is the opportunity to start fresh and that’s exactly what you should do.

If you had a bad day, leave it in the past. The only time you should be trying to relive your experiences is when you had a great day. That’s really the only time it’s worth repeating.

Maintaining an optimistic attitude is important because it opens your eyes to the opportunities before you. As oppose to looking at every hiccup as a complete and utter disaster.

There’s always a way to work things out and being in a positive place helps you to see that.

When you’re truly optimistic nothing can knock you down and keep you down. You have a way of bouncing back better than ever.

Old habits are hard to break but there are simple, low effort ways to skyrocket your optimism.

Once you get a few of these down pat you’ll realize that things aren’t that bad and you’ll be able to move on quickly. In fact, you’ll be able to excel instead of waiting for the next disaster.

1. Let it go

It may seem like any one thing can instantly kill what you have going on but don’t let it.

Remember the saying, “One monkey don’t stop no show.” Life continues regardless. So keep moving forward because the show must go on.

The only thing holding you back is your inability to let it go. It’s over and done with. There’s no point in dragging it on.

Just drop it. Look for something more positive to focus on.

2. Look for the good

Even when the worst possible thing has happened there’s some good in it. I know it sounds hard to believe but everything happens for a reason.

Maybe you didn’t get to work on the project you were hoping for at work, then it ended up being more troublesome than you imagined.

Instead of having an attitude about it and thinking your boss must not like you, acknowledge that you dodged a bullet.

But the only way you’d be able to see this is if you looked for the good in not getting what you wanted. There is a bright side in there somewhere, even if it didn’t go according to plan.

3. Leave the past there

Leave it right where it is, in the past. It has no place in your future so don’t bother bringing it.

Certain things can seem hard to get over but you can if you try. And the first step is leaving it behind.

The path to your future can be bright as long as you aren’t tracking the mud of your past with every step.

Mentally, you’ll be in a better place for it.

4. Be grateful

Nothing makes you realize how lucky you are than reviewing all the things you have to be grateful for.

Even the little things stand out and you end up seeing how much bigger their impact is.

Expressing gratitude for the different things in your life takes you away from the negativity and raises you optimism.

5. Affirm it

You know you want something big. But every now and then you get a little discouraged. It’s not because you want it any less, just maybe your confidence took a nose dive.

Affirming what you want with positive statements brings your confidence back up. It’s talking to yourself on a deeper level that gets to the very core of how you feel.

When you use affirmations daily you can easily maintain a positive and optimistic outlook.

6. Have a positive circle

They say you are the sum of the five people you spend most of your time with. So are you spending your time with the right people?

Your circle of friends has an impact on you. You may act independently and do things differently but the energy of your group can influence your way of life.

There’s a huge difference between hanging out with Negative Nancy when you’re feeling down compared to Positive Patty. The former will keep you down while the latter will help to lift you up again.

7. Watch your mouth

Yeah, I said it. How you speak is a problem.

Curse words aside, if the way you normally speak is negative than that’s reflective of your demeanor. If you’re negative and judgmental, how you express yourself is going to be oozing it.

Shifting over to more positive speech will help in maintaining an optimistic outlook. It will even make finding the good in the situation easier.

8. Life is a roller coaster, remember that

Just like that stomach flipping ride at the amusement park, life has its ups and downs.

The ride will surely have bumps in the road and shake you up a bit but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it.

Make the best of the situation and don’t dwell on the negative aspects. Just like a rollercoaster you can be heading up again before you even taken in that you were down.

Keeping It Better

Being more optimistic may seem like a chore but there are simple and low effort ways to reach new heights.

Staying in a negative mindset and dwelling on the things that hurt you are not benefiting you.

Being optimistic will get you where you’re trying to go. Just give any one of these ways a try whenever you need that boost.


Tell me…

Which would be the easiest for you to do?


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  • Hi Lea,

    I have had days like this when everything seems to be negative. Oh I am not comfortable like that at all. I love the suggestions you have given, especially “life is like a roller-coaster” and of course to let it go. I like that saying “Let go and Let God”

    I find that when I get into a funk like this, I acknowledge it, and then think of all the things I am grateful for while doing a small task. The task action always helps because it has a beginning, middle and end. The action just puts me in another state of mind.


    • Lea

      Good one Donna. You’re right, having something else to focus on does change your frame of mind. And that’s awfully helpful when you’re getting sucked down into a negative place.

  • Hi Lea…life always flows much better from a positive mindset and years ago when I was your typical worrier I gave myself a worry half hour once a day. Honestly when the time came to worry, I actually couldn’t do it for half an hour.

    I think giving yourself permission to have a thought and not claim it as ‘mine’ but recognize it’s just a thought, allows them to flow and not get stuck! Feels so much better. 🙂

    • Lea

      Great idea Elle!! Thanks for sharing it.

  • Peggy Nolan

    Hi Lea! I think I’m the queen of letting it go 🙂 Dwelling the past or in the negative has never served me. Even today, when I get stuck on something, I remember to breathe and release. Breathe and release. Somedays, I do a lot of breathing 😉

    • Lea

      Hi Peggy! I’m trying to get right up there with ya. Sometimes I just have to remind myself what really matters. Taking deep breathes works for me too. I probably look funny doing it but then everything comes together 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!!

  • Hey Lea,

    I know how easy it is to stay caught up in negativity. Once you’re in that state, it seems like everything else that could possibly go wrong – does. Even the smallest little hiccups feel so much bigger (and makes it feel like life is out to get you). Believe me, I’ve been there.

    It takes a lot to stay present and not entertain useless thoughts..
    These are sensible tips – and all it takes is to remind ourselves of this when we’re caught up in our own drama.

    • Lea

      Hey Dana,

      It sure does, like Murphy’s Law or even a domino effect. When you’re really deep in it I don’t think you even acknowledge the good anymore. Everything just seems like crap. You’re preaching to the choir Dana, I’m so with you!

      It does, I think I’ve gotten much better than I used to be but I still find myself having to remind myself to let it go.

      Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate hearing from you 🙂

  • Stella Chiu

    Hi Lea

    What a good post to help people to be more positive daily.

    When I was younger, I was exactly like the person you described.

    As I grow older, I learned how to let go “yesterday things” by imagining they were stored in the room whose door was closed forever because its key was in the ocean. I also trained myself to be “presence today” and “tomorrow” is my God’s
    affair not mine.

    Meditation and quiet time with God help me greatly. I imagine I live under the open heaven, His Divine light is coming down from heaven on my head, the light burns off all my negative thoughts and hurt feeling away; it continues move down to my neck, body, and feet. Now I am completely fill with light which is responsible to attract all the blessings from heaven. I will affirm myself with the Bible verses. Then I go for my day.

    If I do not have that moment, my day will be screwed.

    Thanks for information!

    Will Share!

    Stella Chiu

    • Lea

      Hi Stella,

      Thanks a lot. You really do need to be positive to carry on. Good to hear that you were able to evolve as a person and put your abilities and concerns into perspective.

      Thanks for sharing your process, really appreciated.

  • This is something I’m working on – with some success I’m pleased to say.

    I was feeling pretty down about a family problem the other day when I met a friend who confided in me some terrible things happening in his family. They say that often if you and your acquaintances were to throw your problems as a bundle into a heap with the option of picking up someone else’s bundle instead, many people would rush to pick their own up again. Certainly the case for me with a couple of scenarios I’ve heard of lately.

    I’m grateful for my family, my health and my home. Thinking about those when I get down is usually enough to perk me up again.

    As for the past…. “Let go and let God”.

    Great tips here, thanks.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    • Lea

      Good to hear Joy. It does take a little time before it becomes natural to you but progress is the key. Glad that you’re having success with it. All the more reason to continue. Best wishes!