Positivity has been proven to make our lives easier, and it’s not just in our heads! Science shows that positivity can keep us healthy, lowering our blood pressure and even helping to prevent heart disease. We all want a life filled with positivity, but what does that look like? Positivity is all about choices and perspective; every time we recognize our own power to welcome light and be grateful for the good, we create a more positive reality around us.
Living a more positive life isn’t all big, life-changing moves; sometimes it’s about the little choices we make every day. Choosing decor you love, filling a space with your favorite color, bringing in fresh flowers or hanging up photos of your loved ones: if it makes you happy, don’t put off doing it! You can start producing positivity today just by giving your home a few loving touches. Here are seven easy ways to make your space (and your life!) more positive.
1. Place Reminders For Positivity Around Your Home
When it comes to creating positivity in your home, there’s nothing like a direct approach! For instance, I print out and frame quotes that put me in a positive state of mind or remind me of the things that are important to me. I switch out the quotes every so often so I never get too used to seeing any one quote and sometimes I pick quotes especially for a goal or obstacle I’m facing at the time.
As I’ve mentioned before, keeping books out that resonate with you can also be a good way to create positive energy. If a book you read recently really taught you something you want to keep fresh on your mind, try keeping it in a stack on your coffee table, shelf or mantle. It can add to your environment and every time you get a glimpse of the spine you’ll remember the lesson you learned from it.
2. Keep A Good News List
Sometimes, retaining positivity is all about being able to see the good in life. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by bad news, try keeping a whiteboard somewhere in your house where you can keep track of good news as you hear of it; everything from positive news stories, personal achievements or good news from friends or family will help you remember all the good that is going on in the world.
3. Display Photos Of The Things That Matter
If you’re missing your family, friends or even your favorite places right now, print out photos that remind you of them. Photos make great reminders of our favorite memories which is why they’re one of my favorite decorations. Remembering the times we felt the happiest and the people we love can help ground our present in love, even when those experiences and people feel far away. Gratitude and positivity go hand in hand and taking steps to remember the things and people you love will always keep your outlook bright.
4. Make Souvenirs and Mementos Into Art
Do you have a tendency to collect souvenirs or little mementos? If you’re the kind of person who ends up with a lot of old postcards, stickers, brochures and other odds and ends and you never know what to do with them, try turning them into art! Instead of sequestering them to drawers, cabinets and boxes, try picking a few of your favorites and framing them for display. It’ll help you see them in a new light and help emphasize some of your favorite past memories, keeping them present in your home.
5. Create Your Own Art
Creating art of your own to display can always help a space to feel more like you and lead you to embrace more positivity in the day-to-day. Spending time creating something just for yourself can help you focus on what you really want and can be such a good outlet for creative expression. When you hang up art you’ve made, even if it’s not perfect, it can help you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in honoring the feelings you expressed through the art. This is a really easy and cheap way to create a home that is stamped with your personality and taste.
6. Decorate With Fresh Flowers And Plants
Bringing nature indoors is always an easy way to lift the energy in your space. It helps incorporate the elements of the natural world that make us feel most at peace and can help boost positivity. You don’t have to have a green thumb to introduce nature to your home! Even grabbing a bouquet from the grocery store the next time you’re out or picking flowers from your yard can fill your space with life. Whether you pick up some artificial vines or press some wildflowers to display, there are so many ways to incorporate nature according to your own style.
7. Watch Your Light
Natural light can do a lot to impact how positive your space feels. Human beings need sunlight to stay happy and healthy, and of course the bright yellow sun has always been a symbol for positivity. Don’t forget to give yourself access to sunlight even when you’re inside. Make sure your windows are clean and try opening the blinds when you can to make your space brighter. At night, look at the kinds of lights you’re using and think about how they’re making you feel; are they harsh and fluorescent or do you have soft, diffused and warm light? Little choices can help boost your comfort and make your experience at home a happier one.
Positivity is so important. How we see the world impacts how we experience it, and we can achieve the happiness we allow ourselves to have. Our perception is in our control, and there’s nowhere we have more power than in our own homes and spaces. Every time you make a choice to highlight the positive in your home, whether it’s in decorating or just opening the blinds, you’re choosing to affect your world for the better.