How do you keep a positive outlook?

@scribe1 (1207)
United States
March 8, 2008 8:28am CST
I know that it's easy to be positive when everything is going well, but the challenge is remaining positive when "bad" things happen. Anyway, I remind myself that the bad thing is only temporary and will pass eventually. In the meantime, I try to cope as best I can --- and before long, that negative thing is history! I also find that remaining positive and upbeat attracts other positive things in my life. For example, when I lost my job a few years ago, I reminded myself that I was capable of and deserved better than the crummy job that I lost. In a few months, I wound up with a much better job that allowed me to work at home and make ends meet. That's my inspiring case for remaining positive. Do you have any stories to share?
4 responses
@paid2write (5202)
8 Mar 08
It is not always easy to do but I have been practicing some positive thinking techniques and after a while it becomes easier to make something positive out of a bad situation. You have been successful in turning your misfortune into a new opportunity. I try to think every day of something to be grateful for and I try to express my gratitude for it. Some people do this when they pray. I do it as a positive affirmation. You get a better appreciation of life if you can learn to develop a more positive outlook.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
8 Mar 08
...especially if you keep trying to find ways to take that lemon (bad situation) and make lemonade! You actually benefit by doing this, as you become more creative. And praying definitely helps by keeping you focused on everything that is good. Things do work out, usually for the best, when you try to have a positive outlook.
@dtroas (481)
• United States
8 Mar 08
At times it is had to stay positive, But I am like you try to overlook the thing that can be. When you are around alot of people who want to be negitive then you tend to feel that way. There is certain people that I had to just stop talking to all together do to the fact that they were so Negitive.. It really is sad that people get themselves in that mood. POSITIVE is the only way to think. Even when it seems the walls are closing in just focus on the good in your life. It will all get better.
@scribe1 (1207)
• United States
8 Mar 08
You are so right! It helps to think, "This, too, shall pass."
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
9 Mar 08
When things get bad, I try to focus on the good things in my life. When my dog Petey passed away and I kind of fell apart, I had my Nephew over alot and he helped to cheer me up. The bad is still there but I focus on the good at hand and it seems to help. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@aryaman (245)
• India
8 Mar 08
for me the most that helps me to be positive is to be with people who themselves are positive. according to me the way u think totally depends on the type of company u are in.