“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono
What is the simplest and most effective way to use positive psychology? Smile. And then smile some more. You don’t have to ROFL to experience its physical, mental, and emotional health benefits. Simply by smiling you change your mood and temper from negative to feeling positive.
Apart from making you feel happier, smiling can also help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve your relationships. A smile is contagious, being around people who are jovial and tend to smile often can help you to smile more.
6. Practice self-love.
“Compassion is one of the few things we can practice that will bring…happiness to our lives.” – Dalai Lama
Self-hatred and self-criticism can often lead to low self-esteem. Unfortunately, most of us are very critical and judgmental of ourselves. We find fault with almost everything we do, we amplify even the tiniest imperfections and magnify our mistakes. However, instead of focusing on all the negatives and adversely affecting your self-confidence and self-esteem, you need to practice self-love and self-compassion.
Loving yourself and showing yourself compassion will improve your capability to enjoy simple experiences in your life. You will develop a positive outlook towards yourself to heal your inner wounds and work on your imperfections while embracing them. By loving yourself and showing kindness to yourself, you will be better able to experience the positives in life and empower yourself to flourish.
Use Positive Psychology Everyday
“If positive psychology teaches us anything, it is that all of us are a mixture of strengths and weaknesses. No one has it all, and no one lacks it all.” – Christopher Peterson
You must have realized by now that the positive psychology strategies mentioned above can be easily incorporated into your daily life without much effort. To get started, all you need is a mental shift to bring your attention from the negative to the positive.
You can try out all of these strategies or try out one or two to see how it impacts your life in a positive manner. Choose the ones you find the easiest, set your intentions, and practice them every day. Once you start experiencing the positive effects of these practices, you can incorporate more strategies and completely transform yourself and your life to live in a more meaningful, fulfilling, and positive way.