For many people, it can be difficult to overcome negativity and focus on developing positive emotions. Anger, frustration, and anxiety often reign when we experience stress or encounter problematic situations. Positive emotions like joy, gratitude, serenity, hope, and love, on the other hand, can create a sense of well-being, purpose and clarity that negative emotions typically cloud. It takes a conscious effort, but it is absolutely possible to cultivate positive emotions and transform your life in the process. When you consider the following benefits of positive emotions, there is no doubt which mindset is more advantageous:

Do What You Love
When you do something that you enjoy, it follows that you will experience positive emotions participating in that activity. Everyone has their own hobbies, interests, and activities which spark positive emotions, and it may take some trial and error to identify your unique combination. But whether you are energized by playing with your children, reading a gripping book, playing sports with friends, or going on a relaxing and contemplative walk, as long as you are doing what you love, you hold the key to unlocking your positive emotions.

Relaxation Techniques
Many people struggle to connect with positive emotions in the hustle and bustle of daily life. For such individuals, it can be helpful to practice relaxation techniques in order to slow the pace of life, clear your mind of distractions, and truly connect with your emotions. You may find contentment in yoga exercises or find your serenity through meditation. Not only can relaxation techniques be helpful for cultivating positive emotions, they are also very effective at clearing out the noise of negative emotions. With the support of a therapist, Ottawa residents can find which relaxation technique suits them best.

Be Mindful of Positivity
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is be mindful of the need for positivity in everyday life and interaction. If you keep the goal of positive emotions in mind, it can be easier to reframe everyday situations which you might otherwise approach or react to negatively. Reframing situations in a positive light can be helpful, as can finding pleasure and joy in the little things. It can be helpful to speak with a certified therapist if you find it difficult to positively reframe situations.

Fake It
Did you know that even fake smiles can produce the same happy feeling as genuine smiles? The brain releases dopamine – the brain neurotransmitter responsible for pleasure – regardless of the intention behind the smile. So if you want to help trigger positive emotions when you’re feeling stressed or sad, sometimes faking it can be the best option.

Positive emotions can help reduce stress and worry, provide physical calming, and even help improve relationships. With these recommendations, and the support of a trusted therapist, Ottawa residents can learn to cultivate positive emotions.