Positive psychology enables us to identify and utilize our strengths and recognize our positive experiences and emotions. There are several positive psychology practices that are rather simple, effective and accessible which can enable you to live a better life and help you enjoy the little things more.
Here are some ways positive psychology can help you achieve mental and emotional well being.
1. Transform your mindset
“Probably the biggest insight… is that happiness is not just a place but also a process. …Happiness is an ongoing process of fresh challenges, and… it takes the right attitudes and activities to continue to be happy.” – Ed Diener
Human beings basically have 2 types of mindset:
- Fixed mindset
- Growth mindset
A fixed mindset keeps you focused on goals and outcomes. You have fixed views and opinions and you are defensive about them. You don’t want to face any criticism about your beliefs, opinions and your work. When you embrace the growth mindset, you focus more on the process. You are more interested in life’s journey than the destination. You boldly accept challenges, learn from feedback, persist in setbacks, accept positive & negative criticism and grow from them. You find inspiration in others. Adopting a growth mindset makes you more open to new ideas, enables you to make the most of available opportunities and and learn from failure.
2. Practice gratitude
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie
Gratitude is one of the simplest positive psychology practices that allow you to shift your mindset from negative experiences to positive experiences in a matter of minutes. By practicing gratitude on a daily basis you can express more kindness and compassion, sleep better, build stronger immune systems, experience positive emotions and feel alive.
Simply by keeping a gratitude journal and writing down things you’re thankful for in life, you will force your mind to look at the beautiful things you already have in your life instead of what you wish to have or might have lost. You can also practice gratitude by volunteering for social causes, thanking someone, appreciating nature and appreciating yourself, including your flaws.
3. Feel abundance
“Abundance is not something we acquire, it is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer
What do you understand by abundance? A bigger bank balance? A healthier life? Being happier? Being more independent? It can be everything and you can have plenty of all that. Nature is inherently designed to grow and abundance can be found everywhere in the Universe including your personal life. But only if you allow it.
You need to have an abundant mindset and feel that there’s plenty of whatever you want in your life, even though you might not have it right now. You have to feel it in your hand, you have to see it and taste it even before you can see it with your eyes. Otherwise you will always feel that you are lacking and that’s what you will keep thinking about. And what we think, we attract. Gratitude is a great way to feel abundance and it can help you visualise the abundance you want in your future life. Set definitive goals and visualize it to manifest it.
“Affirm the positive, visualize the positive and expect the positive, and your life will change accordingly.” – Remez Sasson
Visualizing success is another way to feel positive and stay motivated. See yourself succeeding in life and acting like a winner. Visualize yourself winning or achieving a certain life goal. This mental image will improve your self confidence and reinforce optimism and positive thinking.
Simply sit down in a distraction-free place, close your eyes and create a mental image of yourself completing a big task or assignment or presentation successfully and confidently. Focus on the details and even the smallest mannerisms while you talk yourself through it. Visualization prepares you for success and subconsciously gears you up to put in all the hard work necessary to achieve that goal. Moreover, this will also calm your mind and body and make you less stressed and more confident in life.