4 Ways to Create a Positive Mindset in Minutes

 

We’ve all been there… from the moment our alarm goes off in the morning, we’re just in a bad mood.

We’re running late for work, we hit traffic on the way in, spill our coffee on ourselves, have a last minute deadline we need to meet… whatever it may be, there are so many external things that we allow to put us in a bad mood and get trapped in a negative mindset all day long. 

This is totally normal—but it’s also important to know when it’s time to snap out of it and create a positive mindset rather than allowing things to ruin your whole day. 

And trust me when I say that creating a positive mindset is actually a lot easier than it sounds. There are so many quick, simple things you can do to cultivate a positive mindset in minutes, so today I’m sharing my top four!

 
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4 Ways to Create a Positive Mindset in Minutes

1. Smile

It might sound weird but the physical act of smiling actually does make us happier. 

Our brain is conditioned to believe that when we flex those muscles that create a smile, we’re happy—which also means it’s easy to trick our brains into being happier simply by putting a smile on our faces!

This is a good one to keep in mind when small things are bothering you, as it’s a quick and easy fix to those everyday irritations we all face sometimes!

 
 

2. Write a Grateful list

One of the best, most positive feelings in the world is that of gratefulness. And believe it or not, it doesn’t take much to achieve that feeling!

Whenever you’re feeling down, anxious, or just in a general bad mood, try thinking of three specific things you’re grateful for. Go beyond the typical “family, friends, health” (although those are INCREDIBLE things to be grateful for).

Take it a step further by writing down the things you don’t typically act grateful for. This could be anything from the air in your lungs, to the job that puts food on the table for your family, to your personal growth journey that has allowed you to grow and learn more about yourself.

The more often you make lists of things you’re grateful for, the more often you’ll feel that sensation of gratefulness and open yourself up to positivity on a daily basis!


3. A few minutes of meditation

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Don’t be intimidated by the word meditation—it truly can be whatever you want it to be. 

It can be a 30-minute practice following a guided meditation. Or it can be just 3 minutes in the bathroom at work while you listen to the water run to tune out your thoughts. I’ve done both and have gotten great benefits from both a long practice and a quick one!

No matter what your meditation consists of or how long it is, I guarantee that you’ll end up feeling a lot more positive, motivated and ready to tackle the day.

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4. Listen to your favorite song

I’m gonna tell you right now… you have not lived until you’ve blasted the Toploader song Dancing in the Moonlight with the windows down in your car while you belt out the lyrics.

You can swap out the above for whatever YOUR favorite song happens to be, as long as it’s one that pumps you up and puts an instant smile on your face.

There’s something about certain songs that just bring us joy, and I’ve found that no matter what my day brings, I’m always instantly uplifted as soon as I hear those first notes of Dancing in the Moonlight. 

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There are so many quick and easy ways to get into a positive mindset, but my absolute favorite are simple: smile, write a grateful list, try out a few minutes of meditation and listen to your FAVORITE song. 

Which of these methods (or any others) will you try out next time you’re in a negative mindset?!