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Top 9 Ways to BE Positive and Happy Everyday

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“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.” – Author Unknown

On a normal day, there are many ups and downs we each have to go through. Some we have no choice but to go through, while others we can avoid. But all in all, none of these downs should affect your core inner happiness and positive attitude. Yes, we each, at our core, are happy and positive people. That’s our true nature. Not the frantic, stressed out person we become after a hard days work…that’s not our core self, that’s external pressures taking its toll on our being.

There are ways to make everyday positive and happy irrespective of any ups and downs we may face. Ups and down can’t be avoided, but what you can avoid is the negative effect they have on your being.

Here are 9 ways to be positive and happy everyday irrespective of your situation:

  1. Carry a positive Trigger- OK, we all tend to freak out the second something is not going according to plan, or according to the way we expect it to work out. Its in these situation specifically that you need a kind of trigger to push your mind back to the positive track. Whether you’re at home, work or the supermarket a positive trigger can be a picture, a quote, a key chain, or even a text on your phone. Anything that can be carried with you at all times and has the ability to make you think positive happy thoughts. Just flip out this positive trigger when you are down and get right back on the positive track.
  2. Smile Consciously- There are days, when I carry that plastic smile around. I might meet people, smile and greet them cordially on those days, but haven’t really done it happily. Every morning when I awake, I make myself a promise, to smile like I mean it. Believe me just one smile coming from the heart can not only make your whole being happy, but also spread the happiness to all those who you encounter. Making this a practice everyday, very simply adds to your core happiness quotient.
  3. Feel Deeper- I had a sheltered childhood when I was growing up. Never knew what poverty or being less privileged meant. But I still remember my Dad bringing me National Geographic magazines and BBC documentaries to read and watch(there was no cable when I was growing up), so that I could know what was going on around the world. I have cried buckets watching them and then when I moved back to India and saw those conditions with my own two eyes, I felt really felt this need to DO more. I believe that Till you can FEEL their pain, you know you are on the positive track. You are a good person. When you stop feeling, it means there is some part of your heart thats not alive. Feeling another’s pain and trying to DO something about it brings about an immense sense of happiness and satisfaction within. Try it. Just Be there and lend your loving hand to someone everyday…..feel deeper to be happier.
  4. Read Wisdom- There are a few books I have on my night stand and few on my work desk, which are full of inspirational words and prayers. When I am having a particularly difficult day, I just pick up any one book and read a paragraph. Instantly I’m back into thinking and feeling happy and positive. My friends Evita and Tess have these little cards full of inspirational quotes on their desks, fridges and walls to get them thinking happy positive thoughts. When you have inspiration around you, its hard not to get back on the happily positive wagon right :)
  5. Activate Fantasy- As children, we all had these amazing fantasy worlds we used to play in. My fantasy world was a castle in the sky, full of fairies and princesses, rainbows and butterflies, flowers and birds. When we grow up and life takes over, we tend to forget our fantasy lands. But if you can think back and remember as a child, its when you were bored and upset, did this fantasy world come alive in your mind. It was your coping mechanism as a child. Why cant that same fantasy or a different happy fantasy be a coping mechanism now? Try it just for 5 minutes…especially when you are having a particularly bad day…I bet within the first five minutes you can break into a wide wide smile :)
  6. Be Spontaneous- Allow spontaneity to invade your routine. I have never really been the kind of person who follows a routine. I find that I am happier when I only do what I feel like, what my heart tells me to do at the current moment. If you don’t allow some spontaneous moments into your life, a mindless routine will start to get really old and wear on you. The most creative individuals are also the most spontaneous thinkers and carefree adventurers.
  7. Start Accepting Stop Expecting- Accept people and situations the way they are. No-one and no situation is perfect. Accept them anyways. Love your friends, love your situation, love every little thing about your self and your life and accept the shortcomings. In accepting we stop expecting. Expectation only brings about sadness and regret. Both not very happy emotions. No expectation means no regret, no sadness. Acceptance paves the way for immense happiness everyday.
  8. Count Your Blessings & Be Thankful-Reserve five minutes each day to walk around your house and pick two or three things you take for granted — the carpet, soap, a spice rack, a pencil — and really appreciate it. Think about how you use the object, how you benefit, how life would be different without it. By focusing on how this object makes your life better, you appreciate it more – you count your blessings. The pencil may add utility to your life, regardless. But only in recognizing that utility can it bring you satisfaction and value. You may also recognize that the object brings you no benefit … that it is just taking space and collecting dust and that you really should be giving it away (Getting rid of “clutter” has the added benefit that it lets you focus your appreciation on the items that really can bring you happiness).Being thankful can completely transform one’s disposition. The more we pause to consider the things we have to be grateful for, the more we begin to focus on those things. And the things we focus on, we tend to draw toward ourselves. Therefore, the act of focusing on our blessings tends to bring more blessings into our lives.
  9. Love Unconditionally-Unconditional Love is a dynamic and powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times.  It is available at any moment by turning our attention to it and using its wonderful potential to free us from our limitations. Loving unconditionally begins with ourselves, for without self-love, we cannot know what true love can be.  In loving ourselves, we allow the feeling to generate within us and then we can share it with everyone and everything around us!  That which we send out, returns to us in greater measure.  If you have not thought about how you feel towards yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally, or spiritually, I invite you to do so now.  Begin the journey that changes everything.  Begin the journey of unconditional love…and be Happily positive.

There are a lot more ways to BE happy and positive everyday, but these 9 are my top favorites. I use them everyday and so can you.

Being Happy and positive is not all that difficult …. We are already happy positive beings, we just need to understand how to focus on the positive instead of the negative everyday.

What about you? Do you have any special ways you stay happy and positive everyday? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.

With Immense Love & Gratitude,
~Zeenat~
Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor
Motivational Speaker/Naturopath
Holistic Healer/Writer


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Author: Zeenat Merchant Syal

Counseling Psychologist/ Spiritual Counselor/Motivational Speaker/Naturopath/Holistic Healer/Writer

44 thoughts on “Top 9 Ways to BE Positive and Happy Everyday

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  2. Zeenat,
    You shine of happiness to the nth degree!! So, reading this from you today – I just know that you live these words! And how beautiful that is.

    So today, know that I am smiling right now…and that smile is directed right to YOU!! May your day be filled with joy, happiness, abundance, and love…

    Loving you…always,
    Lance

    • HI Lance,
      Ohhh you make me blush with your beautiful comment…thank you for all you say and all you do. You are the sunshine of the blog o sphere…you jungle guy ;)
      I am so happy that this is making you smile and I love that the smile is beaming my way …ohh this is some awesome sunshine :)
      Thank you for your amazing comment…
      So Much Love~

  3. Zeenat,

    thank you for your insightful list of ways to be happy. I will try this out immediately!

    Smiling has been a great strategy for me in the past. Whenever I feel down or stressed I will either adopt a smile and take a deep belly breat and immediately feel relaxed and calm.

    Regards,

    Jonas

    • Hi Jonas,
      Lovely to see you here!
      Smiling does work wonders on the entire being….Try the rest too and let me know how you feel :)
      Thank you for your awesome comment here.
      Much Love~

  4. Hi Zeenat,
    I love all the ways you list on being happy. My favorite way to be happy is to curl up with a good book! That makes me very happy.
    xoxo,
    Angela

    • HI Angela,
      I agree with you completely……
      Nothing like a good book or at-least a good inspiring paragraph to set everything right in the Inside world :)
      Thank you fro your love and comment.
      Much Love,
      Z

  5. Hi Zeenat,

    Would you consider sharing with us the names of the books on your nightstand that you find to be full of inspirational words and prayers?

    Thank you for everything you do to promote happiness and peace in our world,
    Wendy

    • HI Wendy,
      I would love to share my list….
      My night stand has a few religious scriptures, which I flip opne before i go to bed…just to take int he good positive energy.
      My office desk has Louise hays “life!”& deepak Chopra’s 7 spiritual laws of Success & The Magic of thinking Big….these are constants. Then there are some which come and go with time…
      I hope that helped :)
      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here.
      So Much Love,
      Z~

  6. I knew this would be great the second I saw the title.
    Beautiful Zeenat! You’ve done it again. While it might not be possible to be “up” all the time, your suggestions here are wonderful for turning frowns upside down. I remember one day when I wasn’t feeling great, and I started to make a future gratitude list (sort of like fantasy-meets-manifesting). I wrote down all the cool stuff I wanted in my life – but was writing it like I already had it – and by the time I was through (20 minutes later), my vibration was higher. I felt happy! It was like flipping a switch.

    Much love & big smiles to you, dear friend!

    • HI My joyful Angel,
      Youre right…we cant be UP all the time…but we can certainly try right :)
      I love your fantasy meets manifesting list! How innovative! I might just give it a go :) May thy switch remain flipped always :)
      So glad you liked this …
      Love hugs and smiles coming your way~

  7. Hi Zeenat,

    This is a wonderful list. Really, I loved all of them. Counting our blessings, smiling, loving unconditionally, and fantasizing are crucial and add to our happines and peace of mind. Taking a few minutes to visualize and “fantasize” make a huge difference and it helps to relax us as well. Thanks for sharing my friend :)

  8. Hi Z,
    Butterflies and glitter sister, you have captured the essence of how to allow for abundant happiness, regardless of external! It is a choice we make, and I choose happiness, joy, peace, love, gratitude! All that you list are excellent ways to allow for abundant *wonderful* in life!
    May delight surround you and your loved ones…

    • HI J!
      My darling sister in all things beautiful….I’m so happy you liked this abundance creating list….kind of like one in the hand one in the bush na. We get happy inside and out :)
      Thank you for your glorious comment here…
      So Much Love coming your way~

  9. This is a wonderful list dear Z, easy to understand and to use. Since you’ve covered things from the inside so well, I will add easy tips for the outside (because I work in the repair and maintenance of bodies). Happiness generates from within, from the spirits we are, but our ability to maintain a clear channel for the expression and sharing of love and joy are also influenced by what shape the “vehicle” is in. Pain, fatigue, hunger, thirst and “car problems” (like high blood pressure) can distract us from our best intentions, as do carrying too much body fat, smoking or eating too much salt. Therefore to help myself be happy and positive and ALSO be able to share that, I try to get enough rest, eat and drink things that are good for me, and be physically active enough to keep the engine properly tuned.

  10. Hi Zeenat,
    Being positive should be our optimum choice. However, instead of tapping it, we tend to suppress it in favor of being pessimistic. When I’m down and burnt-out, I watch funny video clips on youtube or just any comedy and then I would feel happiness renewed.

    • Hi Jemina,
      I too love youtubes’s funny clips…and they do really help to lighten my mood :)
      Sitcoms are my favorite stress buster and mood enhancer too!
      And youre so so right..being positive is a choice we make in every moment….
      Thank you fro your comment here.
      Much Love~

  11. Zeenat, “Carry a positive trigger”, I love it! There are points in our lives where we are faced with a negative situation and we respond with a negative thought or action. The call to “carry a positive trigger” is so encouraging as it suggests that we do have a choice to look at all situations in a positive light (even the most painful ones). Doing so, I believe, will allow us the chance to learn about our dynamic selves as well as others.

    • HI Ajen,
      You maybe onto something here! You’re making me itch to write a whole series of articles on positive triggers :)
      And my dear its our own personal yet highly powerful choice to always look at the positive….so much of our potential gets hidden in the fear and negativity we carry around.
      Believe!
      Thank you so much fro your lovely comment here.
      Much Love~

  12. I like the one about carrying positive triggers. Quite often, we have triggers that invoke a negative response from us, like fear or anger. With a positive trigger, it’s like we’re armed with a shield we could use in times when we’re being bombarded by energies that disrupt our peace and joy. ;)

    • Hi Joyce,
      Carrying triggers is kind of empowering isn’t it…its right there in our pocket in the physical sense, but in the mind and the heart its making that decision to use that positive trigger that makes all the difference.
      We are certainly armed with the good kind of triggers :)
      Glad you liked this article.
      Thank you fir sharing your beautiful thoughts here.
      Much Love,~

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  14. This blog radiates a happy sunshine! If I may also share my easy way of being positive and happy- I have this special place at home (does not need to be a big space) and here I spend alone time, prayer time, yoga and meditation. It’s a small space with a spiritual art hanging on the wall. Such wonder how a single artwork could do wonders on a person’s thoughts and emotions.

  15. Very cool to have people from all walks of life understanding the importance of being positive, already happy to find more people that think alike! This is something that goes beyond religion, race, gender, or any other category that people love to place others in.

  16. I am usualy one happy guy, lately med school stress has been draining me and feels like I am isolated in this stress even though I know we are all feeling the stress. Is there something wrong with me? Its been pretty bad when all I want to do is cry… Sorry to be the gloom.

  17. thank you it helps me to forget all regrets and unsatisfactory.

  18. So Nice of U. Its Appericiated. Allah Bless U

  19. Hi Zeenat!
    You made my day…since many days i had been expecting a lot from life which made me forget myself and keep sulking all the time and cribbing..You have surely helped me atleast a bit..it is difficult to suddenly stop expecting and start accepting but you have inspired me to do so!
    Keep writing such articles..
    Wishing you all the happiness in the world which am sure you think you already have :)

    • Dearest Pooja,
      I’m so happy you stopped by! Happier ofcourse that the article touched a cord in your heart. Be inspired always. Once we make up our mind and our heart to do something..there is no stopping us.
      Much love~

  20. hey,
    zeenat i completely agree what u say but.the main thing is that at times we really forget these ways and feel very low.what should we do at that time???

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  22. Selam Alaikum Zeenat.
    An answer to my dua!
    I have been trying to be a positive person full of happiness and joy, I did not have proper strategies to help me, until I read your article. Alahmdullilah! I had an instant smile after reading it, and inshallah I will implement these strategies into my everyday life. Inshallah.

  23. The one about child imagination doesn’t work on me because I am a child but I agree it makes you smile, other ways to be happy are
    putting your hand over your heart and breathe out all yucky feeling or picture a bubble of happy catch it and pull it around you orsimply start laughing 4 no reason

  24. Agreed! Sharing this!

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    Just popping in to share a wonderful blog on being happy!

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  27. I’m such a happy person.some days are really hard and I do have bad days but one day when my life was turned upside down I told myself that god doesn’t throw anything at you that you can’t handle.my aim everyday is to make people smile :)

  28. thank you, you put a smile in my face. i believe in happiness. living life is great.

  29. Hi Zeenat! Loved reading this post. It would be very helpful to my fibromyalgia buddies across the world. Can i share this link on the facebook page of the blog? We generally try and give people on the page similar tips to stay positive as we all suffer from 24×7 chronic pain and since the condition lacks awareness, every patient faces a great deal of hardship incoping with the people around who do not understand. it is necessary to boost positive thinking in such a scenario.

  30. posted a comment, but cant see it here and didn’t get a moderation message as well. Pls let me know if it is under moderation… :)

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  32. Greetings Zeenat. My favorite is #7 which is the hardest for me in doing it. Why I am not sure just yet. In time the infinite intelligent of my subconscious mind will reveal the truth for me.My expectations are very very high and when it doesn’t come true I am all broken up and go into deep self pity. My passion to share what I believe can change a person lifestyle and give them more freedom and yet they are blind and can’t see. All they think is I am out to make a dollar from them, Thank you for sharing this and I will share it with friends and family too. Have a blessed day and please send my your positive thoughts thru your heart and I will receive it in this part of my world.

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