How to Stay Positive in an Increasingly Negative World

How to Stay Positive in an Increasingly Negative World

In today’s fast-paced and interconnected world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by negativity. From the constant news cycle highlighting societal issues to the challenges we face in our personal lives, maintaining a positive outlook can seem like an uphill battle. However, it is possible to cultivate positivity and resilience amidst the negativity surrounding us. This is especially important for us here at Barno, because over seven decade’s worth of experience has taught us that happy employees always do their best work. In this blog post, we will discuss some practical strategies to stay positive in an increasingly negative world.

Limit Exposure to Negative News

While staying informed about current events is important, constant exposure to negative news can have a detrimental effect on our mental wellbeing. It is crucial to strike a balance by limiting the time spent consuming news and being mindful of the sources we choose. Opt for trusted and balanced news outlets and make a conscious effort to disconnect from news platforms and social media when needed. With election time around the corner here in South Africa, be especially mindful of party politics making the rounds.

Practice Gratitude and Mindfulness

Cultivating gratitude and practicing mindfulness can shift our focus to the positive aspects of our lives. Take a few minutes each day to reflect on what you are grateful for. This simple exercise reminds us of the good things we have and helps reframe our mindset towards positivity. Additionally, incorporating mindfulness techniques such as meditation or deep breathing exercises can help anchor our thoughts in the present moment and reduce anxiety. If you are so inclined, saying a little prayer can also help to alleviate the pressure of a stressful moment.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

The company we keep greatly influences our mindset and outlook on life. Surround yourself with individuals who exude positivity and support your wellbeing. Engage in activities with friends and loved ones who uplift and inspire you. By fostering positive relationships, we create a supportive network that help us maintain an optimistic perspective even when faced with challenges.

Focus on Personal Development

Engaging in personal development activities can boost self-confidence and provide a sense of purpose, both of which contribute to a positive mindset. Set goals for yourself, whether they are related to acquiring new skills, pursuing hobbies or improving your physical and mental health. Accomplishing these goals not only improves your overall wellbeing, but also provides a sense of fulfilment and positivity.

Practice Self-Care

Taking care of our physical, emotional and mental health is essential for maintaining a positive outlook. Prioritize self-care activities that help you recharge and rejuvenate. This can include exercise, proper nutrition, sufficient sleep, engaging in hobbies, spending time in nature or seeking professional help when needed. When we prioritize self-care, we are better equipped to handle negativity and approach life with a positive mindset. South Africa has one of the highest suicide statistics in the world, so it’s important to look after yourself, leaving you better equipped to look after those around you.

Cultivate Optimistic Thinking

Our thoughts shape our reality, so it is essential to cultivate optimistic thinking patterns. When faced with a negative situation, practice reframing it and find the silver lining. Focus on solutions rather than dwelling on the problem. Challenge negative self-talk and replace it with positive affirmations. By consciously adopting a positive mindset, we can navigate through challenges with resilience and find opportunities for growth.


While the world may seem increasingly negative, we have the power to choose our mindset and cultivate positivity. By limiting exposure to negative news, practicing gratitude and mindfulness, surrounding ourselves with positive people, focusing on personal development, practicing self-care, and cultivating optimistic thinking, we can remain resilient and positive in the face of adversity. Embracing these strategies empowers us to shape our own experiences and contribute to a more positive and compassionate world.

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