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Seven ways you can become a more positive person

Column by Glenn Bott
Posted 7/3/18

You know these people when you meet them — nothing brings them down. They create their own good juju and move through life easily and effortlessly. You definitely want to hang out with them because …

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Seven ways you can become a more positive person

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You know these people when you meet them — nothing brings them down. They create their own good juju and move through life easily and effortlessly. You definitely want to hang out with them because this is their superpower and they wield it with flair wherever they go.

Positivity isn’t genetic. Anyone can develop this attitude with the associated benefits. It all begins by taking baby-steps and building solid foundation of joy and happiness. Since we all create our own reality, why not create a happy and prosperous one? The story we tell ourselves becomes our experience.

Start being positive and watch your life transform.

Positive people:

  1. Practice Forgiveness — of pretty much anything they encounter. They are big on forgiving themselves for the goofy things they occasionally do. Rather than stew over a faux pas and play it over in your mind, learn the lesson and move on with a commitment to do better the next time.
  2. Are Forward Looking — they build positive anticipation into their day. Half the fun of anything is the anticipation of it. These folks know this and use it to their advantage by having something each day that is unique, special, and positive.
  3. Celebrate Everything — by finding joy and gratitude in everyday events they develop the “happiness addiction.” No matter how small your accomplishment take a moment to celebrate the win. This releases dopamine which gives you a shot of “good juju”. Develop the discipline to always have a new goal, however minor, and give yourself a pat on the back once it’s achieved.
  4. Are Benevolent — they understand that many are “fighting” their internal battles and life for them is a struggle. By offering a smile of taking a moment to listen to others and offering heartfelt encouragement it can transform their day. They take the time to do this.
  5. Engage in Fulfilling Activities — They like to maintain momentum of their projects and goals. They know that by stopping and making excuses it’s very easy to keep procrastinating and not start again. They trust their gut and rest as needed but never lose sight of their vision/goal. Part of being alive is to actively participate in the creation of your dreams.
  6. Assume 100 percent Responsibility — no matter what happens they take responsibility. By doing this they maintain their personal power. Blaming means you give your power away to someone or something and assumed the role of a victim. The flip side of this is comparing yourself to others. Positive people know we all have our own journeys and associated baggage. They know from experience that comparisons are a waste of time. Positive people realize they can change what isn’t to their liking.
  7. Have an Attitude of Acceptance — if something doesn’t go as planned they take a moment to study the event and learn the lesson. Everything that comes their way helps them — either directly or by helping them become wiser and more flexible. They are their own masters.

Arvadan Glenn Bott speaks and coaches on positivity and resiliency. He shares the proven techniques he used to successfully reinvent himself after recovering from a severe and life-threatening brain injury.

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