How to Focus on the Good and Stay Positive

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Focus on the good. Easier said than done, right? Especially in these times, it’s probably harder than ever for some of you. The thing is, a lot of it has nothing to do with how you choose to think.

Yes, we do make choices about what we focus on, but our choices of what we focus on are significantly influenced by how we feel. The key may not be forcing your mind to think about good things.

The key might actually be adjusting your environment and physical well-being. Doing this can change your feelings, and as a result, lead you to focus more on good things.

Try out these tips to help you find the good in life and be happier.

7 ways to focus on the good

1. Look for ways to reduce your pain

When you’re in pain, obviously you’re going to feel a little negative in those moments. You don’t need any research to know that it can affect your state of mind.

When I’m dealing with neck pain or stomach pain, I’m not in the mood to be positive or friendly. It’s in these moments we have to find ways minimize what’s causing us pain.

In my case, I do some stretches, I do some mindfulness, I listen to some relaxing music, or I have something to eat. These things help to reduce the pain I feel in my body, and I’m more able to focus on good things.

Think about some things you can do to relax your body and try to do them more often to keep your pain in life at a minimum.

2. Adjust the volume in your life

Sounds can have a major impact in our ability to keep our mind on the good. I can remember a lot of circumstances in my life where sound drove me crazy.

I used to have a roommate in college that would always laugh really loud when he was watching something. It would aggravate me so much I would have to get out and walk for a while.

It was one of a number of things that made it hard for me to stay positive during some of my college days. There are studies that have proven that sound can have significant on our outlook on life.

Once I was in a quiet environment with my own apartment, it was a lot easier for me to stay focused and positive. It helps when I listen to relaxing music as well.

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3. Be at a comfortable temperature

Weather can affect your mood. When it’s hot outside, I’m not really in the best mood. I feel uncomfortable and I don’t feel like being positive. But for you, maybe the same is true when it’s cold outside.

I’ve known a lot of other people who can’t stand the cold. Whichever kind of temperature bothers you most, whether you’re struggling to keep cool or stay warm, you’ll struggle to have a positive mindset.

Be sure to have your temperatures adjusted in your home to feel comfortable. If you can’t control the temperature at your workplace or school, dress the best way you can to minimize your temperature level.

4. Eat more happy food and less sad food

A lot of foods can affect our moods in different ways. It’s been found in one study that fruits and vegetables might make us feel happier. Other studies have pointed out that fast foods and other not-so-good foods can make us feel sad.

If you really want to focus more on good things, changing your diet might be a way to make it easier. Of course, be sure to always consult your doctor before making any changes in what you eat.

5. Look at nature and be in nature

Lots of research has shown nature can really uplift our mood. The more your mood is lifted, the more you can feel positive about life.

One research study, found that people who spent time walking in nature usually feel happier. You don’t even have to walk in nature.

Another study found just looking at nature imagery can help us to feel more calm and relaxed. Whichever option you choose, nature can help influence your mind to relax and allow you to be more focused on the good.

6. Exercise your body

Some people really like exercise. I’d put myself as one of those people in that category. I’m also aware that a lot of other people really hate exercise.

Nonetheless, putting aside your hate and choosing to do it anyway can be helpful. Study after study has shown exercise helps to boost our mood. You feel better physically and seeing yourself look better can help you feel better emotionally.

The better you feel about yourself, the better you’re able to focus on the good.

7. Set a proper sleep schedule

I’m guilty of not getting as much sleep as I need most nights. Often, I end up paying for in the morning by not feeling as cheerful or motivated. As a result, I’m not able to stay upbeat.

Instead I’m focusing on feeling tired and not wanting to do anything. I read that something as simple as maintaining a regular sleep schedule can have an effect on anxious we feel.

Sleeping a regular sleep schedule will help allow you to wake up in a more cheerful mood, and as a result, focus on the things around you that are good.

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What does focus on the good mean?

If you do a Google search of “focus on the good meaning”, the meaning you’ll generally get is that it means to focus more on the positive in life and less on the negative. I’d say that pretty much sums it up.

The phrase is used as means of encouraging people to not think so negatively all of the time. It reminds us to be grateful for what we have.

How do you focus on good things in life?

As I’ve written in this post, I believe the way we focus on good things in life is not so much through controlling our thoughts but managing our feelings.

Taking care of ourselves physically so it can be easier to focus on good things in life and not so much on the bad.  

Who said when you focus on the good the good gets better?

This phrase is a quote from Abraham Hicks. She’s a believer in the law of attraction. As I understand the meaning of the phrase, it’s emphasizing the law of attraction belief that what you focus on in life becomes more a part of your life.

I find that to be true in the sense that what we focus on we tend to eventually act on, and those actions potentially bring our thoughts into reality.

I can think of a few instances where I focused good things I wanted to happen before, and eventually after acting on them, I was surprised to see those things happen.

When I was younger, I was a bit skeptical of the concept, I find I like the idea of focusing on good things and believing that they can eventually happen.

Does focusing on the good make us happier?

While managing how you’re feeling physically helps you be more positive, sometimes choosing to focus on the positive can be what helps you feel good.

Being grateful for things in life has been scientifically proven to be a mood booster. Our memories can make us happier.

Most of what I’ve been telling you is to manage your physical well-being to improve your emotions and make it more easily.

Nonetheless, sometimes you have to be intentional about focusing on the good regardless of your emotions, because that can be what helps to make you feel better in life.

Final thoughts

It’s not always easy to focus on good things in life, and sometimes there are circumstances that make it difficult for us.

I find if you can just take control of what you can in life to influence your feelings, it becomes much easier to focus on good things, and just be happier.

Here are some quotes that I hope will inspire you to focus on the good more in life.

16 focus on the good quotes to inspire you

  1. Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. – Anthony J. D’Angelo
  2. Train your mind to see the good in every situation. – Unknown
  3. Focus on the good and the good gets better. – Unknown
  4. Positive thinking evokes more energy, more initiative, more happiness. – Unknown
  5. Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. – Unknown
  6. Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day. – Unknown
  7. Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones. – Unknown
  8. The more you focus on the good, the more good you will find. – Unknown
  9. Gratitude turns what we have into enough. – Aesop
  10. Your happiness depends on how you choose to see the world. Focus on the good, and the good will multiply. – Unknown
  11. Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey
  12. You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf. – Jon Kabat-Zinn
  13. In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
  14. Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder. – Unknown
  15. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life. – Roy T. Bennett
  16. Focus on the good things in life no matter how small, and they will multiply. – Unknown

Short clip to inspire you

I hope you’ll find this video on focusing on the positive as inspiring as I did.

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