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Are you tired of struggling with focusing on the good things in life? Do negative thoughts take over too easily, and looking on the “bright side of life” sound impossible to you? Well, I’m here to help you and answer all your questions surrounding how to focus on the good more than the bad.
It takes time, and I’m not claiming to be perfect but the things that I talk about in this post have definitely helped me. I hope some of them can help you too.
In this post, I’m going to explain and share:
- How to start focusing on the positives in life more.
- Products you can use to help you.
- The meaning of focusing on the good.
- And so much more!
Now, let’s jump in.
What does focus on the good mean?
The idea of being able to focus on the good is basically when you have skills and mindset to be able to notice and pick out positives in situations.
For example; it could be raining outside when you wanted to go out for a jog but your mind would automatically think “oh well, at least that means I can get some chores done around the house” or something along those lines.
It means that you can pick out and think of the good things that you have in your life. For some people, this doesn’t come easily.
Even if you have so many things and people to be grateful for, when someone asks you, those answers struggle to come. Even if they are obvious. Being able to pinpoint positives is definitely a skill that not everyone possesses.
How to focus on the good?
Meditation is one of my favourite ways to get into a more positive mindset and will teach you how to focus on good thoughts. Whilst following a guided meditation, your heart rate will slow, and your whole body will relax.
You will be surprised how much easier thinking positively is when you feel this way.
Some meditations really help to clear your mind of negative thoughts, which therefore allows you to make more room for the good things that can be shoved right to the back of your mind.
The more you meditate, the more room your mind will make for these thoughts, and the more amazing you will feel in the long run.
If you would like to give meditation a go, then check out this guided meditation for powerful positivity. Find a quiet location, get yourself comfortable, breathe and take everything in.
2. Use crystals
Crystals are amazing when it comes to changing the energy around you. All crystals have a different job that it can do to improve your life. To name a few, crystals can:
- Release fear and anxieties
- Promote balance and harmony in your life.
- Help to get rid of negative thoughts and energy.
- Raise awareness
- Promote calmness and peace
Every type of crystal will do something different and help you with something that you may be struggling with. One of which is to eliminate negative thoughts, and therefore manifest a more positive energy and mindset.
Basically, you will be able to focus on the good things more easily.
This is not easy to come by so you should take the plunge and try them out.
Also, on top of being able to do this, crystals are just so pretty and aesthetically pleasing to have around your home. You can’t go wrong.
I highly recommend the Positive Mind Crystal Set on Etsy. It is a great place to start and you receive 6 gorgeous crystals for an affordable price. You can check it out here!
3. Use Oracle Cards
I actually recently discovered oracle cards and I absolutely love them. Oracle cards will help you to tap more into your intuition, will provide you with guidance, and help to ease any fears or anxiety that you have swimming around in your mind right now.
These fears and anxieties are what makes it so difficult to focus on the good. Those types of thoughts, and emotions can easily take over and block any good things from coming to mind.
That’s why using oracle cards and taking in every word can be incredibly effective. Most decks are full of deep and meaningful advice, and incredibly beautiful artwork.
The first deck I ever purchased, and a great place to start is the Work Your Light oracle card deck by Rebecca Campbell. It includes a guidebook to help you get started and 44 gorgeous and clever oracle cards to start using. You can get it right here!
4. Start a gratitude journal
Starting a journal ( especially a gratitude one) is a great way to start focusing on the brighter sides of life.
I always make sure to write down at least three things that I’m grateful for every single morning, to remind myself that life isn’t all bad on those days when everything seems to be terrible.
We all have them, right?
Anyway, I highly suggest that you do this. It will start all your days off on a very positive note.
You can write down your gratitude on the notes app on your phone, in a normal notebook or if you want something special you can use something like this. There are so many options out there.
5. Go on a gratitude rant
This is a bit different from a gratitude journal because you will ultimately be saying these things out loud.
You can stand in front of a mirror and speak to yourself. Or even record yourself on your phone ranting for 5 minutes about all the things you have in your life to be grateful for.
Coming up with all of these is a very effective way to force your brain to focus on the good.
You can listen to this back as many times as you need throughout the day. It’s a great technique that I highly suggest because your mind pays attention more when it’s actually you speaking. It will be like “hold on a second, that’s me. So this must be true”.
I understand that you may feel slightly awkward doing this, but definitely try it out at least once.
6. Do something you enjoy everyday
Make sure you are doing something that you enjoy and focus on self-care every single day. Practising self-care will really help you to focus on the good, and lift your spirits.
It’s impossible to focus on the good sides of life when you’re not enjoying yourself. These hobbies that you have which make you are happy (I’m sure you have a few) are part of what makes your life so great.
So, don’t push them to one side. Focus on them every now and then to remind yourself that life may be full of ups and downs but you can make it fun along the way.
7. Let go of negativity and focus on the good
This one is easier said than done, but will work wonders once you master it. You just need to know where to start and how to do it.
Do you have anyone in your life that has a negative energy about them? Try not to spend too much time with them, or let go of them completely if you feel that’s the best option.
A big argument going on in a Facebook comments section? Take a step back and don’t get involved even if you feel like you have something to say.
In fact, taking a step away from the internet (which can be a very negative place) as a whole for a few days will really help too.
Stop listening to sad music when you’re feeling depressed… There are so many things that you can do to let go of any negativity that you don’t need in your life.
8. Spread positivity
A great way to let go of negativity is to work hard to spread positivity.
Smile at people when you walk down the street, donate some money to charity, and just do something that will make someone happy every day.
Even if it’s something small, it will always go a long way.
A thought that I had is that, doing these nice things will really help you to focus on the good as YOU will be part of that “good” in the world. Just look in the mirror.
Simple as that.
9. Read self-help books
Self-Help books are my favourite type of books to read. They are always full of so much great advice and relatable situations.
Most of them will really help you to shift your thinking. They will remind you that it’s okay to feel this way, and it will pass.
Sometimes a reminder like that is exactly what we need to stop dwelling on those bad days and start focusing and putting your energy into the good days and great parts of life in general.
Here are a few of my favourite Self-Help books that you should check out:
United Kingdom Readers
United States readers
10. Listen to motivational podcasts
Listening to podcasts is another amazing way to focus on the good. There are so many motivational podcasts out there to give you that push to get back up when nothing seems to be going your way.
You will find one that you love, and that you can connect with in no time at all.
It’s so effective because you will have someone ranting in your ears about how amazing you are, and reminding you to be grateful for all the good things in life that you have.
Sometimes that is exactly what you need to start noticing and focusing on these more important things.
My favourite person to listen to is Faith Mariah. Her Radical Transformation Podcast has helped me so much in the past and I highly recommend that you give it a listen.
Focus on the good quotes for extra motivation
Positive thinking is powerful thinking. If you want happiness, fulfilment, success and inner peace, start thinking you have the power to achieve those things. Focus on the bright side of life and expect positive results.Germany Kent
When you focus on the good, the good get’s better.Abraham Hicks
Don’t focus on what’s missing. Be grateful for all the good in your life, and have faith in what’s to come.Unknown
Now that you know what you can do to start focusing on the good things in life, you can start pushing those negative thoughts to one side more easily. Get ready to be much happier, and spread that positivity everywhere that you go.
Be sure to grab your FREE copy of the Fighting Self-Critical Thoughts Workbook below because I know it will help you with focusing on the positives and shifting your thoughts.