You’ll Want to Print This – A Simple List for More Positivity

 In Better Life, Focusing on the positive

I have a problem.  Even though I get  to learn and think about building positivity throughout the week, there are still times when I forget to use the tools in my toolbox.  When I’m frustrated, upset, or feeling down, it can be so hard to remember the many great strategies I know and share.  I’ve learned this is normal, so I decided to make a list, print it out, and post it by my computer so I can’t miss it.  If you have a similar challenge, consider printing this list or making your own.


  • 5 – 8 slow, deep breaths
  • Do something kind for someone else (maybe an email telling someone what I appreciate about them)
  • Do some fun exercise/movement/dance
  • Listen to a favorite song (I have a list that I can choose from)
  • Spend some time with friends or family (in person or pick up the phone)
  • Spend time with my dog, Rusty
  • Get outside
  • Reread my favorite quotes (posted around my desk)
  • Think of good things that have happened in the past day or two
  • Watch a funny video or look at funny pictures (easy to find on the web)
  • Be grateful for the simple things in my life that weren’t available 20 years ago, 100 years ago, etc.  (antibiotics, glasses so I can see, microwave ovens, the internet, indoor plumbing, you get the idea)
  • Be grateful for people in my life and think about why
  • Be grateful for situations and opportunities in my life
  • Read or even reread a book that inspires me
  • Think of a memory that lifts my spirits
  • Spend time remembering a past success
  • Smile and make sure I’m crinkling the corners of my eyes (to activate the part of my brain associated with happiness)

Do you have favorite tips that I missed?  Please add them below.


Tina Hallis, Ph.D., is founder and owner of The Positive Edge, a company dedicated to helping individuals and organizations increase their positivity to improve the quality of people’s work lives and the quality of company cultures.


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