A More Positive Outlook for 2021

Try these Tips to Coltivate a More Positive Outlook for 2021

After a difficult year, it’s finally time to take your 2020 calendar off the wall and hang a new one.
Just because a new year has started, however, doesn’t automatically mean everything will be
Life is what you make it, so if you want 2021 to be better and brighter than 2020, you’re going to
have to do a little bit of work yourself. Remember, it all comes down to attitude. If you hope to
reap the benefits of a shiny new year, you’ll need to adjust the brightness settings in your brain.
Commit to positivity this year and adjust your outlook to take advantage of all the new year has
to offer.
Here are 5 simple ways to cultivate a more positive outlook for the year ahead:

1. Adjust your expectations.
Life is difficult and that’s a fact. You’re not going to get your way all the time, so unless you want
to spend your life feeling sorry for yourself it’s time for an attitude adjustment. Rather than
focusing on the negative and getting down on the details of what’s gone wrong, try to see the
silver lining. Even if nothing else good comes of a tough situation, at the very least you’ll have
learned something from it.

2. Recalibrate your internal dialogue.
We all have a running dialogue in our heads and it often trends toward negativity. What you may
not realize is the language you use in your own thoughts plays a role in shaping your perception
of the world around you. Reframe negative thoughts to break the cycle and be intentional about
using more positive language. See every challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow.

3. Embrace opportunities to try new things.
Amidst the global pandemic, it’s easy to fall into a rut where each day feels the same as the last.
To keep yourself from falling into the trap of complacency, make an effort to try new things as
often as you can. Take up a hobby, try learning a new language, enroll in an online fitness
class, or do something really out-there like goat yoga!

4. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude.
It’s easy to fall into a victim mindset, especially after a difficult year like 2020. Rather than
focusing on all the negatives in your life, aim to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Keep a
gratitude journal or just make a list of things you’re thankful for. You just may find the positives
outweigh the negatives and that alone could shift your outlook in a more optimistic direction.

5. Take steps to improve your mental health.

Changing your outlook can be difficult and we all could use a little help from time to time.
Whether you’re struggling to kick negative thoughts to the curb or simply want to boost your
mental health, consider talking to a counselor. There are also free anonymous support groups
that you can attend online.

Life has a knack for knocking you down a few pegs when you least expect it but if you’re
committed to adjusting your attitude, you can make 2021 a better and brighter year. With a
change of heart and mind, you just might find that nothing this year throws at you can truly bring
you down.

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