Glass half full or Glass Half Empty?

By Alyssa P

Glass half full or Glass Half Empty?

I cannot say that I have never struggled with presenting myself to my peers with a positive attitude.  Going through a worldwide pandemic has not helped much either. The question is: How do I stay positive feeling like this?

Through every challenging situation, I focus on the good things. Here are some things I do to try and stay positive; 

  • Practice gratitude

Practicing gratitude has been shown to reduce stress, improve self-esteem, and foster resilience. Think of the people, moments, or activities that bring you some kind of comfort or happiness.

  • Spend time with positive people

Negativity and positivity have been shown to be contagious. Consider the people you spend time with. Being around positive people has been shown to improve self-esteem and increase your chances of reaching goals. Surround yourself with people who will lift you up and help you see the bright side.

  • Identify your areas of negativity

Take a good look at the different areas of your life and identify the ones in which you tend to be the most negative. Maybe you’re not completely sure, and that is okay! Ask a trusted person in your life. The chances are, they will be able to offer some insight.

  • Practice positive self-talk

This is the most important! We tend to be the hardest on ourselves and be our own worst critic. Over time, this can cause you to form a negative opinion of yourself that can be hard to shake. To stop this, you’ll need to be mindful of the voice in your head and respond with positive messages, also known as positive self-talk.