Don’t worry, be happy: Stay positive for a positive life

Amanda Thomas
Lifestyles Editor
Photo by Marta Z,

Photo by Marta Z,

Life gets the better of us sometimes and it feels like the world might crumble around us, but I can promise you it isn’t. Even when times are hard, there’s always a way to turn things around and find something positive to focus on. Never tell yourself that there’s nothing in this world for you because there is.

You just have little blinders on that keep you from seeing the positive side and all the good things around you. You just need to start some positive and healthy habits for a better outlook on life. These will relieve your mind of all the stress that’s weighing you down and making everything so hard to deal with.

Find an optimistic viewpoint

When things are looking awful we tend to cling to the awful and ignore everything else. We’re natural drama queens like that. So try to find the positives in a situation. Is it a really hard practice? Then you’re going to get improve even more. Is it raining and you’re cold? Rain is a beautiful form of nature. You can splash in puddles and there’s comfy clothes waiting for you in your warm room.

Create and live in a positive environment

Make everyday a good day for you. Don’t surround yourself with negative people or negative situations. If the influences around you are negative, you will feel negative as well and ultimately you will not be happy. Letting go of negative friends is hard, especially if you’ve been friends for a long time but sometimes it’s necessary for your own mental health and well-being.

Take your time

Don’t stress yourself out by trying to get too much done too quickly. It never ends well. You get stressed out and negativity builds up and once again, and you become unhappy. By going slow, you’re calming yourself down and your brain can catch up


Don’t make a big deal out of something small

Especially, as students, we feel overwhelmed with all of the work we have to do and then we start freaking out. Just stop for a minute. Take a breath and calm down. Make a list of everything you need to do and separate it according to what you will get done on each day. It’s okay. Most of the time what we have to do is a lot less than what we feel like we have to do. We just need to calm down long enough to reevaluate what’s going on and figure out how to get through it calmly. This goes for everything else in our life too. Just stop. Breath. Then refocus.

Don’t let fears control you

Feel the fear and do it anyway. Don’t let anything control you or hold you back. If you let it, you’ll not only be filled with the negative emotion of fear and nightmare scenarios, but you’ll feel sad and regretful that you let it stop you from doing what you really want. Take control and push past the problem and fear.

Add value and positivity to someone else’s life

Help other people by lending a hand or giving a ride. It’s the little things that matter the most in the end. You could also just be a listening ear to someone who needs it. In the end, you’re just trying to make other people happy because by making them happy, you tend to feel better about yourself and feel happy in return. Just give someone a smile. You don’t know who needs one.

Exercise regularly and sleep well

Take care of your body and your body will feel one hundred percent better. If your body feels good, so will your mind. Even just drinking water regularly makes you feel better.

Learn to take criticism in a positive way

We all get criticism and sometimes it really hurts but, if it’s honest criticism, it may be something you could benefit from. Honestly, listen to what the person said. Don’t reply right away so you can take it in and think on it. Stay open minded instead of immediately being hurt by it. Once you’ve thought on it, you can either reply to it or let it go. Just keep a level mind about doing either one.



If something does hurt you, learn how to deal with it

We all get hurt sometimes. We all feel down and sad. But we need to learn how to deal with the things that make us feel this way. Figure out a way to let it out, be it through exercise or writing or something else. Some of us just need to talk it out with a good friend. Whatever you need to do to feel better. Don’t let these feelings fester or they will hurt you even more in the long run.

Build your self esteem

If you learn to love yourself, negativity will bounce off of you more often. Less will drag you down because you feel better about yourself and who you are. I can promise that you’re amazing in more ways than you give yourself credit for.

Go through your day in a mindful way

Start your day calmly and with a plan so you don’t get lost and overwhelmed. Don’t dwell on the future or the past; focus on the now and the present. The past is over and the future isn’t here yet so go through life one day at a time and try to make every moment count. That line is used a lot but it’s true. Just look for good things all around you. Do you have a long walk home? Enjoy the fresh air and the crunchy fall leaves. Focus on what’s around you rather than whatever is going on in your head.

Sometimes it’s hard to get through the days but if you let yourself dwell on the negatives then it will be really hard to be happy and you’ll always be bringing yourself down. These few things are hard at first, especially if you feel down all the time, but if you take them on one at a time and really try to make habits of them, you’ll be off to a healthy and positive start. Take everything one day at a time and always remember that you’re important.


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