15 reasons to feel positive about 2020

Positive thinking can help manage stress and improve your health and wellbeing.

At times, it can be difficult to feel positive, so here is a list of some things to feel optimistic about right now:

  1. Nature is thriving

    Sightings of wildlife have increased worldwide and a reduction in air pollution is giving the planet a chance to rejuvenate.

  2. Improvements in medicine

    Increased hygiene and social distancing practices have reduced the instances of other medical problems like seasonal flu. A hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine may also see medical breakthroughs.

  3. High levels of innovation

    Businesses have had to adapt to a new way of working and this has meant unprecedented levels of innovation and invention. While change can be challenging, it can also bring opportunities.

  4. Increased digitalisation

    We will always need human contact, but we are learning that some things can be done more efficiently online, which gives you more time in your day to do things that matter to you.

  5. Remote working

    Many workers are now working remotely and this is likely to continue. Remote working breaks down geographical barriers, reduces rush hour commuting and cars on the road, and gives people more time to spend with their families and friends.

  6. Improvements in education

    Home-schooling has allowed many parents to understand their children better. Education is becoming more digitised and affordable, while an abundance of free training courses have also become available.

  7. A new look at the vulnerable and underprivileged members of our society

    Confronting a common crisis has shone a light on the challenges faced by people who are less fortunate. As a society we are becoming more aware and responsive to these issues.

  8. Volunteering opportunities

    Individuals and companies are donating money, food and medical equipment to support people affected by the coronavirus. You can offer your skills and abilities to help someone in need.

  9. Co-operation and social support

    People are realising the importance of staying connected. We’re all in this together. Looking out for others is key, not only for their welfare but for our own.

  10. Choosing who is important to us

    We’ve been reminded of how much our loved ones mean to us and the importance of the time we spend with them. When you surround yourself with optimistic people, their positivity also rubs off on you.

  11. Improving mental health through helping others

    President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Associate Professor John Allan said even the simple act of wearing a mask can be a positive experience:

    Wearing a face mask is a very community-minded and selfless practice which can help protect you and those around you, particularly if you are around people of older age or with other chronic conditions. It’s about considering and caring for others in the community. So be proud to wear a face mask.
  12. Interactions between the ADF and civilians

    Some civilians are seeing community services performed by our defence force and gaining appreciation for their service for the first time.

  13. Sense of gratitude

    We can be grateful for the freedoms we used to take for granted—for the health professionals and other workers who keep us safe, and for our connections, family and friends. A sense of gratefulness helps to build resilience.

  14. Finding joy in simple tasks

    Take a new perspective on daily activities such as cooking or those odd jobs you have been putting off. Find joy in spending time making something nice for yourself and others.

  15. Making a difference

    Something small like smiling at people and being friendly can make a large difference. You may be surprised how much your positivity is reflected back.

If you are struggling to feel positive, it can help to talk to someone. You can call Open Arms for support 24/7 on 1800 011 046.

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