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

Simple Ways to Spread the Optimism and Positive Energy Starting Today

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


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 positivity. 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. Play music with positive energy.

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.

2. 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.

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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Henrik Edberg is the creator of the Positivity Blog and has written weekly articles here since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Gothenburg and has been featured on Lifehacker, HuffPost and Paulo Coelho’s blog. Click here to learn more…

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  • Great advice Henrik
    We all need to spread a little positivity and optimism among others today because of the anxiety, and stress which is causing the irrational behavior of people buying ridiculous quantities of items with little regard for others.

    Yes this Coronavirus Pandemic is something to be mindful of, but we shouldn’t let it make us become greedy, and selfish. Instead it is a great opportunity to express empathy, and compassion for others.

    We are all in this together. Stay healthy everyone.

  • Rob Eduljee

    Thank you for trying hard to help everybody stay on the right track. Not much is talked about regarding people suffering bereavement. I appreciate you have to generalise with your thoughtful comments, but we would welcome some concentration on this subject when you get a chance. It is a devastating thing to happen to you after fifty years of marriage. Thanks Rob.

    • Brianna

      Rob, I’m very sorry you are going through that type of loss. I’m sure after 50 years it’s just so hard to process. Thinking of you and hoping you are doing ok.

      • Abhishek Todmal

        Thank you, Henrik. I often wonder how just a little bit of kindness has the potential to change somebody’s entire world around. Just one kind act, big or small, is all it takes. No matter who we are in life, or what our aims and journeys are, I often think that the only purpose we have here on Earth is to be kind. For paths change, destinations too, but ones inner self ,that must always reflect an energy that makes the world around him or her just that little bit better. :) Best to all !!

    • Marie

      Thank you ! Henrik

      Rob I can not begin to imagine what you are going through The grieving process takes time ,the pain will ease Give yourself all the time you need
      Losing a loved one is such a hard part of life ,you will always have the love and memories ,these will in time bring you comfort and help you to heal

    • Abhishek Todmal

      Hello Rob,
      I hope you have been doing good, and at least better. Please do accept my deepest sympathy, empathy and consolation for your loss. It is tough, if I may phrase it mildly, to bear such an experience. I wish you all the love, strength and faith and happiness in the world. I hope you find joy in moments, and soon in minutes. I hope you think of your partner when you least expect it, and it puts a smile on your face. They’d want you happy, Rob. That is something one can say with assuredness. My best to you. God bless. Do stay kind ! :)


    Thank you, Henrik. Wonderful suggestions!

  • Kate

    Thankyou for these ten helpful tips on being optimistic and positive. They’re great. Any positive words and gratitude towards the world can make a massive difference.

  • Like your positive blogs.

  • Gena marie

    Thank uou

  • Christine

    Thanks so very much!! I really needed a pick me up today! And your tips helped me “get out of myself”!

  • Fiona Slater

    Excellent thanks for the advice really helps

  • Cynthia W. Wilson

    Love everything you suggest! Thank you! You are gifted at what you do.

  • This is a great list, Henrik. I love that the very 1st item is to play music with positive energy. My favorite go-to song has always been Piano Man by Billie Joel. It’s a great song to crank and dance to. When our kids were little and cranky, I would turn that on and we’d all dance and laugh. They’re all grown now. I wonder if they still gravitate to that song.

  • Great advice nice post .enjoyed reading. Thanks for the post.

  • Thank you so much for the advise! I think smiling is something that we take for granted. We often don’t realize how important smiling is to our mindset and our happiness. Also taking the time to give a genuine comment is very important to help others.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Wow. It’s quite a good article. Loved it.

  • Avi

    It’s a great list. I love playing music with positive energy.
    I appreciate that you have to generalize with your thoughtful comments, but we will welcome some concentration on this subject when given the opportunity. Thanks a lot.