Life is crazy, busy, hectic, and stressful and it can beat you down if you let it. Our perception is our reality. If we see - and more importantly think - our lives are too stressed, too tough, too hard, and too negative, they will undoubtedly be all of those things.

But what if I told you that you have the power to change all that, or at least change the way you look at these things. The reality is you do control your mindset, and here are 4 quick, easy, effective ways to mentally get out of a funk and into the mindset of a healthier, happier, more positive person.

Step 1 – LOL – Laugh out loud: smile, giggle, and laugh. I know it sounds simple and basic but happy, positive people smile and laugh daily. If you are a more serious person by nature, try just smiling at one stranger per day or watching an episode of your favorite comedy or movie clip that brings a smile to your face. I would say even go as far as texting, emailing, or calling a friend who you know is a good for a laugh. Sometimes this can change your whole day in an instant.

Step 2 – Move your body daily - Exercise is important! We all know that already, and I am not telling you to go join crossfit, or become a zumba professional, but you need to move around. Find something you love to do and do it a lot. Find that activity that you look forward to, that calls to you, be it; bowling, hiking, running, doing cannon balls into your swimming pool for 20 minutes – this can literally be anything you look forward to do doing. Motion creates emotion and every positive emotion at that, so get up and get moving.

Step 3 – Let Negative thoughts, ideas, events, and people go - Holding onto grudges or having hard feelings and thoughts towards others is just poison. The sooner you can let it go, the better. Life is short and you don’t have time to waste on things in the past or on things you can’t control. Negative people live in the rearview, while positive and successful people live in the now, looking forward to the future. See the world as a glass half full or even a glass all full when it comes to negative events. If you do, I can assure you will almost always find a silver lining in any situation.

Step 4 – Positive Language - I know it sounds weird, but just by changing the words we use in our daily lives we can change our mindset.  Think about it, how do you reply when someone asks how you are doing today? Most people reply with, “I am ok” or at best, “I am good” - just “ok” or just “good” is not good enough in my book. Answering with things like, “I am awesome”, “I am doing amazing right now and it will only get better”. As weird and over the top as it sounds, it makes a difference. Often times it is these simple phrases, these affirmations we tell ourselves that shape how we see, act, and play out our days. If I am constantly saying “I am ok” or “I am awesome” odds are my days are eventually going to start playing out either just “ok” or “awesome.”  I am not sure about you, but I like being awesome everyday possible, so look at your daily language and see what you can change. How you greet people in the morning, in the evening, on the phone, how you sign off emails, texts and so on. It’s these little words we use to describe our days, moods, events, and that shape our views of our lives.  So, if you have the power to shape, why not go out and shape it in an amazing way.

I hope these 4 tips help spark a change for the positive inside you. They are easy to start implementing immediately, so don’t waste another second in negative town. The world of positive thinking is waiting for.

Until next time eat well, train hard & be nice to people!