Thousands and thousands of words are written every single day about how people can live happier and better lives. It is clear that there is no single formula that is guaranteed to work every time, but cutting out negative influences should be right near the top of the list. Unfortunately, there are things all around us that can drag us into situations that have a detrimental impact on our long term happiness and wellbeing. The first step is to recognize these negative influences for what they are before you can hope to actually move forward with your life.
Here are a few ways that you ensure positive influences play the main role in your life.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
The people that we spend the majority of our time with have a major influence on how we all live our lives. If there is a person or group of people who is constantly talking you down and negatively affecting your confidence and self-esteem, it is time to reduce the influence that they are having on you. Whether you can cut them out altogether depends on your own situation. Instead, you will be much happier if you surround yourself with positive people who are trying to better themselves and can celebrate you for all your achievements.
Change Your Lifestyle
Of course, it isn’t only other people that have an affect on your life. Your own lifestyle choices can either positively or negatively impact your own happiness. If you find that you are retreating into drugs and alcohol as a way of coping, it is time to make a change. If you find that you aren’t able to do this on your own, it may well be time to look at drug treatment finders. Ultimately, you will want to be aiming to replace these negative influences with things like hobbies, exercise and socializing.
Combat Negative Thinking
Unfortunately, one of the main negative influences in your life exists between your ears. People seem to be naturally programmed to talk ourselves down and criticise ourselves wherever possible. Remember, no one thinks about your own perceived failings and shortcomings as much as you do. Actually, it can be a refreshing thought to know that people tend to be too wrapped up in their own problems to worry too much about yours. Most of the time, you are your own worst critic.
Start Saying Yes
People usually have a default response of saying no to most things, especially the things that scare them. But the vast majority of growth happens outside of the comfort zone. So, it may well be time to start saying yes and trying some entirely new things. You might discover a new lifelong passion or make a new friend. Again, the negative influence that you are battling against is your own mind, and changing this cannot be done overnight. It will take a sustained effort, a great deal of determination and a commitment to living a more positive life.