17 Ways to Become a More Positive Person

Positive vibes and energy simply make people better – for themselves and those around them. Some of us are naturally positive while others of us need to work at it. Whichever group you fall into, there's always room to become even more positive, every moment of every day. Need some motivation to move to the positive side? Here are 17 ways to become a more positive person. You'll positively love them all!


Even if you aren't in the best mood or something is getting you down, a simple smile can actually change your mood from the outside in. Your cheer will be contagious and nothing beats a winning grin. Cheese!

Get Healthy

When your body is in good condition, you will feel more positive about your self-esteem. Eat well, exercise, and treat your body as it deserves to be treated. Your care for yourself will spread to those around you.


Feel alive by giving your time to those in need. Help at a pet shelter. Feed the homeless at a soup kitchen. Become a Big Brother or Sister. Giving to others instills positivity into your soul that will only get stronger the more you do it.

Get a Pet

The kindness of an animal is a surefire way to feel positive. Your tender care and attention will help your pet thrive and the love given will be gained in return. There is no bond quite like the one you'll form with a furry friend.

Sleep Well

Without a good night's rest, negativity can get the best of you. Little things will irk you and mess with your mind. Sleep restfully and long enough to refresh your body. You will be free and clear to think of happy and motivating thoughts and remain that way all day.

Talk to Strangers

Always take precautions, but when you can chat it up with a new person, you'll learn something new, make another friend, or make someone's day. Interacting with those around us spreads joy, understanding, and acceptance – all positive notions.


Always be sure to listen to family, friends, co-workers, etc. carefully and with patience. Let what they've said sink in before replying. A balanced conversation with equal give and take is a successful and positive one, and helps us make our relationships stronger.


A clear mind is the perfect canvas for positive thinking. Breathe deeply. Relax your body and soul. Remove negative thoughts from your mind and replace them with peace and acceptance. Practice as much as you can to transform your thinking for the better.

Call Your Parents

Give mom and pop a call when you have a few moments. Let them know how much you miss and love them and allow them to do the same for you. Even a 5 minute call can lift your spirits and surround you with loving feelings.


Whether you have a few hundred bucks or just a few cents to spare, give it to someone or an organization in need. A little goes a long way for those who are suffering. Knowing you made an impact on another's life is positively wonderful and will make you a better person.

Get Organized

If you are swamped with junk on your desk, surrounded with piles of laundry, or have dirty dishes piled high, you are bound to feel a negative or anxious energy. Take an hour to clear your space to make room for something more constructive. You will become open to positive vibes when you aren't amidst a mess.

Surprise Someone

Make someone's day with a sweet surprise. Their thrill will give you positive feedback. Stun your sweetie with some flowers, bring in donuts to delight your co-workers, or send your grandma a greeting card just to say a simple hello.

Pay it Forward

If someone's helped you out, pass it on and help the next person. Mow a neighbor's lawn, watch a friend's kids after school, or pay for the guy's coffee in line behind you. It only takes a small gesture to make a positive impact.

Share Your Meal

If you see someone in the cafeteria sitting alone, offer some company. You never know what someone is going through and your presence may be all they need to make a change for the good in their day. If you are out to eat and pack a doggy bag, give your food to someone who may need it more than you do that night.

Shake it Off

Stay positive by not sweating the small stuff. Let the little things roll off your back and try to avoid petty arguments. Letting it go will impact your mental health for the better and leave room for the good stuff. Others around you will be impressed by your attitude and will hopefully follow your lead.

Grow a Plant

Nurturing a little bud into a flourishing plant is a great way to feel positive. Seeing life blossom before your eyes thanks to your care is immeasurable. Every time you look at your plant, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and a closeness to the nature that surrounds us.

Bake Sweets

The tantalizing scent of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven can make anyone crack a smile. When you are in a bad mood, get baking and watch your energy shift as the goodies rise. Enjoy every bite and share your treats with someone nearby. You will soon feel as sweet as the cookies themselves!

Are you ready to become a more positive person? With these steps you are sure to move the needle in a positive direction.

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