16 Best Ways To Focus On The Good In Your Life

Focus on the good

It can feel impossible to focus on the good in life with everything happening in the world right now. Every time you turn on the news or scroll through social media, you are instantly bombarded with all sorts of bad things happening to people everywhere. 

So how are you supposed to stay positive and focus on the good things happening in your life without letting negativity drag you down? 

It is harder than it sounds, but as someone who has personally struggled for years with remaining positive and not internalizing the bad, it is possible. 

Below I am going to share what focusing on the good even means, why you should try to focus on the good, and the things that I do to focus on the good.  

What does focus on the good mean?

Focus on the good means that you strive to concentrate on the positive things happening around you, even when it might be difficult.  

By focusing on the good you may not be able to change your situation, but it can be a good coping mechanism to get you through your current struggles and can change the way you view your situation.

Why is it important to focus on the good?

Concentrating on the positive things around you has been scientifically proven to improve your mental and physical health. Some of the benefits include: 

  • A longer lifespan 
  • Decreased stress 
  • Better physical health 
  • Increased performance 
  • More persistence 
  • Improved emotional health 

16 Ways for you to focus on the good

1. Get really good at self-care

When you make self-care a priority in your life, you will automatically feel your best which makes it so much easier to stay positive and see the good that is currently happening in your life. 

2. Practice Self-Reflection 

Sometimes you need to get to the root of how your mind works and why you think the way you do in order to shift your focus to the positive things in your life. 

By getting to know yourself better, you may find it easier to stop the negative thoughts in their tracks. 

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3. Ask for help 

There is nothing wrong with reaching out for help when you need it. In fact, intelligent and happy people know when they can’t process their emotions alone and when they would get the most benefits out of getting help from someone else.  

Talking with a trusted friend or going to therapy will help you with whatever you may be struggling with and they may be able to give you some insight that you haven’t considered before when it comes to focusing on the good. 

4. Become more mindful 

Practicing mindfulness can help you to identify why you are thinking the way that you are and shift your attention to the good things instead. When you are able to live in the present, instead of thinking about past negative feelings or experiences, you make it easier to be more positive. 

5. Move your body 

Even if you are someone who doesn’t love to exercise, you can’t deny that there are numerous positive benefits of exercising. Your body needs it. And studies show that exercise helps to boost your mood, which makes it easier to see the good things in life. 

6. Celebrate your accomplishments 

Even though an accomplishment can seem small, it is important to celebrate all the good things that you do in your life. When you celebrate something, you signal to your brain that it is a big deal so that your brain will bookmark that feeling and experience.  

By rewarding yourself, you will also be more motivated to push through negative thoughts and doubts instead of dwelling there when things go wrong while chasing your goals. 

7. Get the proper amount of sleep 

Do you notice how grumpy people tend to get when they are tired and haven’t gotten enough sleep at night? This isn’t a coincidence.  

Sleeping gives your brain the energy it needs to stay focused on the things that you want it to. Without that focus it can be easy to slide back into old negative thinking patterns. 

8. Surround yourself with people who are positive 

Because we are social creatures, the people we choose to spend our time with have a big effect on us. Do you know someone who always seems to be happy, and it makes you happy just being around them? 

The people you choose to let around you might not seem like such a big thing, but you have given those people the ability to influence your personality, your values and opinions, your moods, and how you think about the world.  

As Jim Rohn has famously said, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.  

This means that when you choose to have happy and positive people around you, you become happy and positive in return.  

9. Start searching for the good 

This one can seem pretty obvious, but in order to be able to focus on the good you need to find it first. Start looking for examples of good things in your life that you might have ignored or not really considered before.  

Maybe you haven’t noticed how much a co-worker holds the door open for you all the time, or haven’t been paying attention to how often a friend says nice things about you. Your subconscious mind is so powerful. Once you start to look for those good things, your brain will take notice and start to pick them out more often.  

10. Practice gratitude  

Gratitude is extremely powerful when it comes to stopping negative emotions or thoughts. When you start to focus on the things that you are grateful for, you automatically start to feel more positive about your life.  

A great way to practice gratitude is to make a list of everything you are grateful for right now. Not only will this help you return your focus to the positive things, but you probably haven’t even noticed how many good things you have going on in your life right now. 

11. Remember that things could be worse 

If you are struggling to stay positive and be thankful when something bad happens to you, you could find it helpful to use negative visualization.  

Realizing that whatever has happened to you could have been worse and that there are people out there that are much worse off than you, could help you to be more grateful.  

This isn’t to say that your struggles don’t matter because other people have it worse than you. It is just a little trick that can help you pick out the positive things you have going on right now. 

12. Shift your thoughts towards positivity 

Actively shifting your thoughts from bad things to good things sounds harder than it actually is. Try it out. The next time you notice you are thinking about bad things, just try replacing those things with good things instead. 

For example, the other day I tripped and fell outside, hurting my knee pretty badly in the process. While I was sitting on the couch feeling sorry for myself, I became aware of my thoughts, and shifted them to the fact that now I was cuddling with my dog. 

These little shifts may seem like nothing, but they add up faster than you think and can make a big impact on your happiness. 

13. Avoid complaining to other people 

When something negative happens to you, it is only natural to want to go and complain about that negative thing to other people. However, by complaining you could actually be making things worse. 

When you complain, that negativity tends to become contagious. The people you complain to usually mean the best, but by empathizing with you they can sometimes make things worse and cause that negativity to worsen. They may even add to the negativity by complaining about the things they are going through as well. 

14. Journal about the bad 

If you are a person who finds it difficult to stop complaining to other people because you feel better after you vent to someone else, you may find journaling helpful. 

By brain-dumping your struggles and negative experiences into a journal you may find immediate relief which will make it easier to return your focus to good things. Journaling is also a healthy way to process and identify your emotions which can give you better clarity the next time something negative happens to you.  

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15. Journal about the good 

Research shows that writing down your positive emotions and thoughts can help you to be more positive. By writing them down, you are giving them more weight in your life instead of just brushing them off and moving on to the next thing. 

16. Focus on the lessons you’ve learned 

Life is all about learning new lessons and growing as a person. When bad things happen, or you feel a negative emotion it can be natural to want to avoid it. But those bad feelings are often trying to tell you something. 

When you can learn from your mistakes and failures, you can grow into a better and smarter person, so that you can do better next time. 

Final thoughts on how to focus on the good 

Sometimes you aren’t in control of the bad things that happen to you. However, you can choose how you react to them—including our own thoughts.  

By focusing on all the good in your life and appreciating everything that you have, you can change your brain to stop thinking about the bad and start looking for the good.  

Take care of yourself. 

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