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5 Daily Disciplines to Stay in a Positive State of Mind

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“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then without realizing it, you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day.” ― Anne Frank

When it comes to being at our best, keeping a positive state of mind is crucial.

Think about how your life is different when you have a positive attitude. I’m sure your more energize and focused on opportunities.

You probably get along with people better and manage stress more effectively.

Simply put, life goes more smoothly when we have a positive state of mind.

Of course this is easier said than done right? We all have bad days when we feel down and out. We get discouraged and frustrated and start to focus on problems and what’s going wrong.

That is why having ways to elevate our state of mind is so valuable.

When we notice ourselves getting negative, (Notice is the key word here, self-awareness is key to elevating our state) we can have a plan to shift our state of mind.

One strategy for elevating your state of mind is making time for emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual needs each day.  

This seemingly simple idea of  comes from a great book called The Rhythm of Life by Matthew Kelly. This book helped me realize how important small daily actions are to my overall health, happiness, and productivity.

It helped me get a more stable rhythm in my life and understand that nourishing myself is these different areas will allow me to approach life from a more whole and powerful state of mind.

Ultimately if we are willing to nourish each of these life domains we can live with greater purpose and passion, and will be a better person all the way around.

So, here are five disciplines to incorporate into your life to help you elevate your state of mind.

1. Start getting spiritual

What do you do to nourish your soul each day? I believe that we all need some form of spirituality to stay inspired and resilient.

On a daily basis take some time to feed your spirit. This may be through meditation, yoga, prayer, or some other form of spiritual practice. Whatever fits your belief system do it. Take just 10-15 minutes to nourish your spirituality.

2. Write a gratitude list

Cultivating positive emotions is the best way to build immunity to a bad mood. Gratitude is one just emotion to start cultivating but it’s a powerful one.

A gratitude practice such as writing a gratitude list each day, or writing a gratitude letter can help keep you in a positive state of mind. Give thanks for the day ahead of you!

3. Fill your mind with positive messages

From the moment you wake up in the morning, think about what ideas your filling your mind with. Many people wake up watching the news and filling their head with stories or tragedy and fear!

How would your life change if you started reading a daily devotional or inspiring article? Another thing I do when I’m driving in my car is listen to uplifting audio books. There is also countless videos on Youtube that offer inspiration.

How can you start filling your mind with positive messages?

4. Surround yourself with supportive people

We don’t always notice how contagious other peoples’ emotions are. If we are around negative, discouraging people it will eventually rub off on us. Find supportive and encouraging people that you can interact with as often as possible.

It may not be every day that you interact or talk with these people, though hopefully it is, but if you have someone that can offer you support when when things aren’t going well, you will have a greater chance of staying positive.

5. Stay Active

Exercise and taking care of our physical health has more influence on our mental health than many people think. If there is one habit that improves our mood and enhances our overall health and wellness it’s exercise.

It enhances our cognition, slows cellular aging, and serves as a natural antidepressant. So, if you want to be at your best, exercise is a must!

These are just five ideas to help you stay in a positive state of mind. There are many more disciplines that can help you, so keep exploring how to nourish your mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health.

“Let us cultivate our garden.” ― Voltaire

5 Daily Disciplines to Stay in a Positive State of Mind

Joe Wilner

Joe Wilner is a life coach, licensed clinical psychotherapist (LCP), and drummer from the band Yes You Are. He is also creator of You Have a Calling, a blog and online community helping people discover and pursue their life’s work and mission. Through deep and personalized coaching, he helps ambitious, creative, and spiritually minded individuals make a greater impact, grow as leaders, and design a soulful life they are inspired by.

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Wilner, J. (2014). 5 Daily Disciplines to Stay in a Positive State of Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 23, 2020, from


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