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How to Focus on the Good: 21 Ideas to Help You Develop a Positive Mindset

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We know how valuable positive thinking can be. The right mindset can help you to step away from those negative thoughts and focus on the good instead.

If focusing on the good is one of your goals, this is the perfect post for you. Today I’m sharing some of the best and easiest ways to focus on the good, so you can build habits around positive mindset, mindfulness, and living in the moment.

21 simple and effective ways to focus on the good

Ready to embrace positivity and look at the world through a whole new lens? These are some of my favorite ways to banish those bad thoughts and instead look at things through a positive light.

1. Use positive affirmations

If you love to recite affirmations, these can be a great way to help you focus on the good. Whether you read mindfulness affirmations or use a daily affirmation as part of your morning routine, they can help you find your focus and stick to what matters most.

2. Keep a gratitude journal

We don’t always remember the great things that happen every day. Keeping a gratitude journal or writing a daily gratitude list helps you focus on the good by highlighting things you loved, appreciated, or are a grateful for. If you’re not sure what to do, try these positive journal prompts to help you out.

3. Embrace the simple things in life

Sometimes it’s best to slow down and embrace the simple pleasures in life. Try out the simple formula for living and see how it feels for you. Stepping outside to listen to the birdsong, or feeling the sand in your toes, can bring you back to what matters and ground you. If you love all things minimalist, this is the perfect ways to focus on the good.

4. Try the law of attraction

It’s not for everyone, but if you want to try a new way of banishing negative thinking and embracing positivity try out the law of attraction. Some people swear by it to help them focus on the good and turn things around in their favor.

5. Embrace positive thinking

It’s easy to let negative thoughts creep in and take over. It’s time to look on the bright side instead — adopt the way of the optimist and embrace positive thinking. This is a skill that takes time to develop, but it can be a powerful way to notice and enjoy more of the good in life.

6. Focus on yourself, not others

Life is full of comparisons and it’s not hard to see why we end up getting distracted by other people. Take some time to focus on yourself, not others and embrace habits like self care, positive self talk, and mindfulness.

Woman standing, saying out loud some affirmations for self doubt

7. Try something new

A great way to focus on the good is to get out there and try something new. Explore a new relaxing hobby or try something more adventurous. Use this as a chance to meet new people, see more of the world, discover something you love, and find new things to enjoy.

8. Seek out positive people

Surrounding yourself with the right people can make the world of difference. Seek out positive people and fill your life with only the kind of people that motivate, inspired, support, and love you. They can help you focus on the good, even when you can’t see it yourself.

9. Celebrate yourself

Know what one of the best things in life is? You! It’s time to celebrate yourself. Embrace a positive attitude and celebrate all the wonderful things about who you are and what you do. If you’re stuck for ideas, see my post on 100 things to love about yourself.

10. Look for joy in hard times

Sometimes life isn’t all good news and fun times. In order to focus on the good all the time, you need to adopt a positive outlook when things are hard. Look for the silver lining (or upside) where you can. It’s not always possible, but with a little positive thinking it’s often easier to tackle the harder moments in life.

11. Be present

You can’t notice the good in life if you’re not truly living it. Being present is a state of mind, and it’ll help you focus on the good — even those tiny things you were missing before. Live in the moment, pause and take a breath, and embrace what’s happening around you.

12. Read inspirational quotes

If you feel inspired by reading the thoughts of others, this one’s for you. Seek out inspirational quotes from leaders, celebrities, and others in your career field or that embody characteristics you appreciate. Use their positive thoughts to transform your half-empty glass into a filled one.

13. Focus on your physical and mental health

I know that when I’m feeling tired and exhausted, it’s harder to notice all the amazing things happening around me. If that’s you too, then find time to focus on your physical health, mental wellbeing, and acts of self care. Build steps into your everyday routines, develop a fitness habit, or make self improvement a priority in your life.

14. Create routines

Routines are great because they help us do things on autopilot, without realizing it. This means there’s more space available to notice the details in life that feel good. Routines can help us feel good too — especially if you have a daily routine that focuses on skincare, self care, or wellbeing. Grab your organizer or calendar, write out a schedule, and start building your own routines — like a slow morning routine or a monthly reset routine.

15. Embrace humor

Life doesn’t always have to be serious. Focus on the good by getting some laughter out and making light of moments you find challenging. It won’t always work, but it’s a great way to remind yourself of the joy of laughter.

Woman smiling after reading mindfulness affirmations

16. Help other people

Instead of seeking out the good, you could become the good. Look for an opportunity to help someone out, try a random act of kindness, or offer your time or funds to a charity or cause you care about. Become the light in someone else’s life and inspire others around you.

17. Look for good in others

While you’re thinking about how you can help others, it’s a useful reminder that many of the people around you are good too. Notice how one stranger helps another, how someone donates to a cause or fund, or how someone champions or celebrates another towards success. Be reminded of the good that’s out there.

18. Reflect on your success

You’ve achieved so much, you probably don’t even realize it. It’s easy to forget about our own achievements — especially if we’re feeling down or life is busy. Take a moment to write down all the things you’ve done so far and celebrate them.

19. Read happy news

Social media can be full of bad news and comparison traps, but it can also be a force for good. Swap whatever you read now for intentionally happy and positive news and see what the effect is. Enjoy the good vibes and uplifting feeling that comes with reading about someone’s success, major scientific breakthroughs, or photos of adorable puppies. These positive things will make you smile and see that there’s more good out there than you thought.

20. Practice mindfulness

As you start out on your journey to focus on the good, don’t forget about mindfulness. This practice will help you develop a positive mindset and it’ll soon become natural to see the good in life around you, instead of the bad.

21. Be a role model

Last but definitely not least, become a role model to those around you. Become the kind of person you’d look up to. Make waves in your career, in your charitable giving, in your social media presence, or in some other way. Be someone that is a force for good, and you’ll soon start to see more of it around you.

Focus on the good and enjoy the present moment

It’s not always easy to focus on the good, even when it’s right in front of you. Use these tips to help you stay in the present moment and notice all the good things that are happening around you every day.

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