You have to take action to make life great. You might try to take more vacations that transport you to new places, or you could push yourself beyond the boundaries of your comfort zone to try something new. These are all great, but you don’t always have to spend money and go somewhere to improve your daily life. You can easily do this by telling yourself beautiful things.
It all comes down to your mindset. If you enter a new day in a negative state of mind, you’ll find things more challenging to get through. That being said, it’s hard to get yourself out of negative thoughts if you get stuck. The trick is to learn how to switch the way your thoughts are going.
If you’ve never tried this technique, it’s time to put it into practice. Something beautiful could make you take a step back and look at your own situation in a different light. That could help you turn your whole day around! Read on for some inspiration for why you should reach for something beautiful every time you feel down, so you can take charge of your life and always keep your chin up.
You have your regular routine that provides a schedule where you know what to expect. You have the same drive to work, the same place you sit all day and generally the same work you have to get done before you can go home. Monotony can make life seem like it’s less great than it really is but telling yourself beautiful things can turn it all around.
Something you can try during your routine is to challenge yourself to notice something positive about your situation during a time where your mind usually goes on autopilot. That might be during a meeting or a walk to class. Is there something nice about your surroundings or the people you’re with? Will you accomplish something great today? Try to notice the beauty in what’s around you or what’s going to happen.
Telling yourself beautiful things may sound like a mystical way to motivate yourself, but science backs it up. Consider how you might feel if you’ve been waiting at the bus stop for longer than usual, surrounded by people you don’t know. Maybe the weather isn’t very nice or someone is eating a smelly breakfast next to you. Something is making your morning less than pleasant, so you start to feel frustrated.
In that moment, you could think of something beautiful that might encourage you. Like the fact that all of those people riding that bus with you are all helping the planet by not driving individual cars that would emit that much more CO2. The thought might motivate you to continue riding the bus and even have a more positive outlook on it.
A recent study shows that it’s not just random chance that a beautiful, positive thought can increase your motivation. Dr. Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina found that when people were shown positive images and then asked to complete the phrase, “I would like to,” they were more likely to list additional actions they’d like to take than people who were shown negative images. Try thinking of something that makes you happy the next time you find yourself facing an overwhelming to do list.
Beautiful things will make you smile, and they can also improve your health. Telling yourself beautiful things could mean almost anything, depending on what you find uplifting. You could tell yourself facts about the beauty of nature or think of your favorite work of art. Anything that puts a smile on your face will set your mind on a more positive path and could also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
Telling yourself beautiful things will also help you in times where your stress feels like it’s through the roof. It might take some practice to identify these times while you’re in them, since at that point you might lock yourself into the mindset of trying to just get through it, but that’s when you need joy the most. When you’re stressed, think of something beautiful that brings you true joy. Over time, you’ll lower your stress levels through positive thinking, and you can practice it anywhere stress may find you.
When you’re so used to always doing the same thing, it’s easy to let yourself fall into a negative attitude. Once you’re there, it’s difficult to switch your thinking, which is why negativity can take over your entire day or week. Your schedule is locked into place, so how can you fight that rising feeling of being stressed and frustrated?
All it takes is a few positive thoughts. By telling yourself beautiful things every day, you can change your outlook on life and even how others treat you. If you’re a more positive person, people will naturally reflect that and the positivity will bounce back on you. Beautiful things could be anything from a bit of encouragement to yourself about what you’re doing or even how you look.
It might take a bit of practice, but even if you start saying one beautiful thing each day, you’ll notice a difference. Seeing the good side of everything will start to come naturally. Try it out for yourself and see how you can change your life today.