Simple Tips for Staying Positive

You can become a more positive person simply by changing your thought process and challenging your negative beliefs. Nix the negativity and start thinking happy thoughts -- here's how.
Nurture your optimism.
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"Even if your natural tendency is to focus on the negative, you can learn to redirect pessimistic thoughts and frame them in a more optimistic light," says Caroline Adams Miller, Washington, D.C.-based professional coach and author of "Creating Your Best Life." "Optimists expect good things to happen in their lives and work toward creating positive change to make those good things come true. Pessimistic people come up with reasons why they shouldn't even try."

It takes work, but it's worth the effort. Miller points to research showing that optimists tend to be happier, living longer and healthier lives with stronger relationships.

Take-away tip: Even if you tend to focus on the negative, you can learn to redirect pessimistic thoughts and frame them in a more optimistic light.

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