How to Lift Your Own Spirit

How to Lift Your Own Spirit

Help yourself to an optimist outlook on life with these ideas and tips.


We often find ourselves settling for things that, in the past, we might not have. And as we keep settling, we may be slowly getting less motivated. If you’re feeling a little stuck, try changing your outlook. Little by little, as your mindset changes, so, too, will your general mood.

First give up expecting to have happiness without sadness, or ups without downs, and then you can get on with living and loving life.

Give up unrealistic expectations by understanding the true definition of love, fulfillment and perfection. In all your relationships, understand that it’s impossible to be positive about them all the time. Comparing our lives line-by-line to the fairy tale “happily ever after” ideal is the cause of all our unhappiness!

Be an Example
You may have the same trait that bugs you so much in other people — but it’s important to remind yourself that no one is perfect. They might be stingy with money and you might be stingy with time. The world is your mirror: Consider what it’s reflecting about you and you’ll gain valuable insights that will bring you down off your self-righteous pedestal.

Make Requests
This one simple act can change your life. Ask for what you want, whether it is acknowledgement, affection, a promotion, a pay raise, help or a break! Stop expecting people to anticipate your needs or read your mind. Help people to help you so you don’t simmer with resentment when they don’t.

Be present in the now. Rather than worrying about what may happen in the future. The only thing that we know for sure is what is happening to us in the present.

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Be Grateful
Every day, look around you and identify what you are grateful for — the sunshine, the fresh flowers on your desk, the sound of the birds, the coffee you just drank, anything! Being grateful makes us happier by encouraging us to appreciate what we have in life.

Let Go of Guilt
As weird as it may seem, ask yourself whether you are your own worst enemy in that you do not believe you deserve to be happy and to have life go well for you. Let go of any guilt associated with being happy and embrace joy.

Take a Baby Step
If there is something you want to do or become, why not think about taking one small baby step toward it? It will give you such a sense of accomplishment and joy that it can fuel your desire to take the next step. If you want to start a business, what is the one small step you can take to get your first client without drawing up a business plan or having a business card?

Be Kind to Someone
Scientists have found that the nicer you are to the world, the nicer the world is to you. So make someone’s day.

With little actions, you can make big impacts on your outlook. Take a breather today and really look around. You may not be a real princess, but you can certainly have a fairy tale ending.

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