Keeping a positive attitude greatly increases your potential for success, both professionally and personally.

Sometimes it can be difficult to maintain a positive attitude, given life’s challenges. The bottom line is figuring out what works best for you and creating routines that will help you be a happier, more productive person.

The following eight tips are easy ways to stay positive, no matter what life may bring.

1. Wake Up Early

Especially in winter months where sunlight is at a minimum, it’s helpful to get as many hours of sunlight as possible. Develop a habit of waking up early to enjoy the sunrise. It will also let you get an early start on your day and avoid feeling rushed.

2. Exercise

Exercise is beneficial to both your physical and mental health. Staying active is a great way to fight depression and improve your overall mood. Start small. Sit-ups are a great way to build core strength and are especially helpful for posture if you’re sitting at a desk for the majority of the day.

3. Schedule in Advance

Plan your schedule in advance. Getting organized will help you be less stressed and more productive. Having a plan in mind will also help you to achieve your goals and provide a sense of accomplishment that will make you feel even more positive!

4. Be Thankful

Take time to reflect on all of the positive elements of your life. Be thankful for what you have.  We all have bad days.  Regardless, there are always things to be thankful for!  Feeling gratitude for the positives quickly puts the big picture in perspective.

5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

The people you spend the majority of your time with make a big impact on how you feel. Surround yourself with positive, like-minded individuals to keep your spirits bright.  By creating a network of positive thinkers, you will be continuously inspired.

6. Go Outdoors and Get Sunlight

Regularly spend time outdoors. There is no substitute for sunlight and fresh air.  Busy schedules can make this a challenge, but the rewards are well worth it!  It can be as simple as setting aside time for a walk. The time outside will help keep you feeling positive.

7. Listen to Positive Music

There is scientific proof that music affects the cells of plants. People are no different. Listening to positive, moving music affects both the mind and the body.  Take note of how music affects you personally and consciously listen to the music with the best effects.

8. Read Inspiring Books

The act of reading requires sitting still and focusing. Reading positive, inspiring books helps you to keep a positive mindset.  Business books with a positive focus provide even more benefits.  Revisit books you’ve already read that were inspirational to keep the information fresh and solidify the lessons gained.