Five positive psychology tips you can use in everyday life


It can be easy to get caught up in comparing your life and choices to others.

But while social media accounts may be packed full of "perfect" bodies, relationships, and jobs, someone else's journey doesn't necessarily reflect their happiness and is unlikely to bring you any real sense of joy.

Taking this into consideration, Adam Goodman-Smith of Barefoot Coaching ( has shared his top tips for achieving a more positive outlook in mere moments.

Look for the good

Even at the worst of times, there are good moments to retreat to.

"Each day, morning or night, reflect on three things in your life that are positive and how you fit into them. This could be as simple as being grateful for the good health that allows you to get up in the morning, a specific loved one, a pet or a successful day at the office," he advised.

Savour the moment

It can be easy to linger on the annoying or frustrating moments each day. But what if you were to hold onto the good moments for an extended amount of time too?

"Why not think about the barista cracking a joke with you as you got your morning coffee, a colleague congratulating you on a piece of work, or your partner sending you a loving text? Our days are filled with positive moments to savour if we just take a moment to see them," noted Adam.

Give a little love

While we are all feeling the burden of the cost-of-living crisis, being kind to others comes free.

"If you see someone at work who is clearly struggling, make them a cuppa and ask if there's anything you can do to support the workload," the expert suggested. "If you've seen someone on the bus rocking a fabulous outfit, tell them they look great! Simple acts of kindness can go a long way for someone having a bad day and, in the process, make you feel good too."

Don't look back in anger

We can often look back and have negative feelings over past events but reflecting hasn't always got to be sad.

"Consciously, remembering and verbalising happy times can enhance happiness and improve your daily life," said Adam. "Yes, the past may be littered with difficult moments but what about the fond memories of your teen-hood friends, grandmother's cooking or family pets? There are good times in your life to reminisce on too."

Get moving

Last but not least - exercise.

"This tip isn't about looking like the cast of Baywatch, it's about moving your body in a way that makes you feel good and keeps you mentally and physically healthy," he added.