Tips for Staying Positive

April 24, 2020

Write in a gratitude journal every day. Make sure to be specific! A number of studies have found gratitude to be linked with positive emotions, and overall well-being and life satisfaction. 

Listen to music that sounds the way you want to feel. Research has shown that music activates the region of the brain that releases the feel-good chemical dopamine and also relaxes the body. So “happy” music can, in fact, make you feel happy! Turn up those tunes.

Share positivity by sending one thank-you email or doing one kind act every day. There are several studies that show that acts of kindness can boost happiness, reduce depression and even help you live longer. Start sending emails or give folks a personal call - it will make you both feel better. 

Challenge your negative thinking. Ask yourself, “Is there another more positive way I could view this?” Hundreds of studies have shown that being able to think optimistically is good for your health and well-being. 

Smile. It might sound simplistic, but research has shown that it might actually help you feel happier. Feedback sent to the brain from facial muscles may impact the development of emotions. So smile - and smile big. It's good for your health. 

Meditate. Even just seven minutes of meditation a day has been shown to improve mood, decrease stress and improve sleep. Regular meditators are calmer, have greater self-awareness and have better focus, too. Focus on happy thoughts, relaxing images, and steady breathing. 

Piedmont Crossing wants you to stay positive and remain calm. It's important to focus on your mental health now more than ever. Relax and give Piedmont Crossing a call to learn more about retirement living. Call us today at 336.474.3605.