How to: Cultivate a positive mindset

Cultivating a positive mindset can make a world of difference to your happiness, resilience and general outlook on life.

When shit happens in our lives; we can view things through different perspectives or lenses. If we’re already in a positive mindset it can make it easier for us to process and tackle issues, rather than a negative mindset which can lead to catastrophic thoughts, additional stress or anxiety making the situation more challenging.

Productive Positivity & Toxic Positivity

I think it’s important to make the distinction between productive positivity and toxic positivity.

Toxic positivity is the “Good Vibes Only” culture; the don’t ever feel bad, find the positive in everything all of the time, dismissing others who are raising or voicing something negative that has happened to them.

Productive positivity is more about yes, something bad has happened or there’s been a knock - okay, lets look at how we deal with this in a positive way, or look for a positive way forwards.

E.g. Your partner has lost their job. You mention this to a friend and they say…

  1. Toxic positivity - It’ll be fine.

  2. Productive positivity - I’m so sorry that must be really stressful. It might be hard at the minute, but they will find something else. Maybe it is a chance to try something new?

See the difference? What we’re talking about is productive positivity.