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10 Simple Ways to Spread the Optimism and Positive Energy Starting Today

10 Ways to Create Positive Energy and Start Spreading Optimism Today

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston Churchill

Optimism.

It can turn a situation that looks negative or bleak into an opportunity or something to learn from.

It can replace the draining thoughts of pessimism with something that will create more positive energy and enthusiasm again.

And it can help you to jump over obstacles, to keep moving when you fall or stumble and to not give up just because you have had a couple of temporary setbacks.

So not just adding more of it to your own life but to the lives of the people in your world too is a good idea.

Because in the long run you tend to get what you give.

And in the short run, well, you get to enjoy the smiles when you create and spread that positive energy. Plus, you’ll boost your own self-esteem when you feel you are doing the right thing.

Here are 10 simple tips that can help you to get started with that.

1. Just be there for someone.

Listen and lend the optimistic and grounded perspective to someone in your life in need of it.

At first I find it best to just the let other person vent, to let him or her get issue at hand out into the light. So I am just there fully and listening.

Oftentimes this might be enough. Because just being there will help him or her to let the emotional tension out and to analyze the issue and to find a solution or to let it go.

If she or he gets stuck in negative thinking or in making a mountain out of a molehill then it can be helpful to add your own perspective to ground him or her and to help shift perspective on the situation.

To make him or her see that if you zoom out then things aren't that bad really. And together the two of you might be able to find a solution or a first step that he or she can put into action.

2. Play positive music.

Uplifting music is of course a great way to boost your own mood and open up new perspectives again.

You can do the same for people around you. Put on a really positive song when you are hanging out. Or send them an uplifting playlist for Spotify or a similar service.

3. Take 30-60 seconds to give a genuine compliment.

Think about one thing that makes the other person tick. A small or bigger passion. Or something good that people too often take for granted about him or her.

And then give a compliment about that. It often means more than you might guess.

4. Smile.

A smile puts you and the people around you into a better and more relaxed headspace.

It works even when you don’t feel that much like smiling.

If you like, do a brief experiment. Force a smile for 30 seconds or a minute if you are feeling a bit negative and see what happens to your mood.

5. Hide a secret note.

Take 60 seconds out of your day to write and hide a note with a compliment. Or some encouraging words. Or make it a note of thankfulness.

Hide it under their pillow, in the lunch box or wallet or perhaps the book he or she is reading at this time.

6. Help someone to wind down.

Being busy with work or school can over time add a lot of tension and stress. And that can certainly get in the way of optimistic and constructive thinking.

So help someone in your life to wind down.

Suggest going for a picnic. Just have fun and perhaps go for swim in the nearby lake or ocean. Then lie together in silence on the blanket and watch the clouds go by for a while.

A break like this can do wonders for the mood and perspective for the both of you.

7. Cook or bring their favorite food.

If she's having a bad day then cook her favorite meal. Or get her favorite takeout food.

Or maybe just a small treat, like a piece of the chocolate or the special cupcake she loves the most.

8. Hug.

A hug is, perhaps often even more than a smile, something that can make someone feel a little better and a bit safer again. Use it when appropriate of course.

But don’t underestimate the effect of it and how that little nudge can turn someone’s thoughts around towards something brighter and more positive again.

9. Share what you've found or made.

It could delicious fruit that you've picked. Or the jam, cookies or bread you made. Or fish you've smoked or the beef you made jerky out of.

Such a simple but loving gift can really mean a lot and add positive energy to someone's whole week or month.

10. Pay it forward.

If someone in your life adds a bit of optimism and positive energy to your life then don’t just return it somewhere down the line.

Pay it forward to someone else too.

And together build a growing upward spiral of optimism, encouragement and kindness.

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  • I’ve found that if I pray for someone else, that simple act boosts my mood because I’m thinking of the problems of someone else rather than my own.

    • Pam

      Harry ~Absolutely! Thank you for this suggestion :-)

  • Helping another person really does make you feel better. Laughing has also helps, when ever I am sad I put on a comedy and just laugh. Instantly picks up my mood.

  • you are right cooking favorite food, helping others, positive music, smile really helps to makes happy and feeling fresh and jump over obstacles. Thanks for such a great post.

  • this is wonderful article ever i read. but I am unable to give the compliment to the people. I do not know why? what should I do for that? I remain calm always but if it is not good I say straight.

    • Chrstie

      I like to start just by saying “that is pretty” or “I like that on you” to complete strangers, as it is very general, three words or more, and you would be surprised at their response. You don’t even have to wait for the answer, just walk away, and you have done a good thing.

    • Very enlightening words lighten us and brighten our lives.

    • yourself n speak what u feel… As words spoken genuinely reaches in the right way with no sign of controversy…
      How do u feel when people come to appreciate you genuinely ? is the simplest answer to change u…
      No harm if we avoid speaking ( priya asatyam) the sweet lie and ( apriya satyam) bitter truth…

  • Motivational blog well inspiring and very useful in day to day life. Thanks.

  • Jennifer Tucker

    Thank you for these practical reminders! You motivate me to be a better version of myself.

  • Sherman Anthony Winston

    Penance to God through his elements- (people around me) always decreases tension no matter the what. Surely your tips are worthy in relating.

  • Ann

    Great list! I would also add write a thank you note to someone. Expressions of sincere gratitude helps to lift not only YOUR spirits… but the spirits of the recipient.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Henrik! For reminder what is important, always find a way to spreading positivity. Winston Churchill once said ‘ I don’t see any point being negative’ just hang on to optimism!

  • Pam

    Thank you, Henrik! I love the list you gave….and all the positive replies. Good job (again!)~

  • Smile!

    I think smiling is perhaps the easiest way to spread positive energy.

    I mean, you don’t even have to say a word.

    You just look at a person.
    And you smile.

    8 times out of 10, you’re probably going to receive a positive response in return.

  • This is great! I always find that helping others leaves me feeling better and often helps me too. I am so appreciative that you included playing positive music. This is hugely powerful for me and I find it to be so underrated! Keep it up!

  • To be frank I am a person with negative thinking.. I try to be positive but the inner me doesn’t allow me to. I am definitely gonna try all the things you mentioned. Thanks for your selfless suggestion.