Working out our mindset may be even more important to us than working out our bodies. Positive thinking influences your words, actions, behaviors and how others interact with you and ultimately how you see the world. On top of the health benefits of lowering stress, improving physical health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, practicing mindfulness around your mood gives you the ability to boost it on command.

To start, decide you are going to be positive. Your perspective and attitude towards a situation or decision is within your control, so choose to be happy. Focusing on the things that are within your control puts you in a position of power, and helps you be aware of your reaction and feelings. Flipping the script for yourself in a positive way, such as saying “I get to” instead of “I have to” to your responsibilities, instantly positions you into a more powerful state.

Setting an intentful practice that can grow into a lifestyle habit can transform the way you take on your day. If you’re looking for a tangible tool that can help you achieve this, try using The Five Minute Journal, a daily journal that helps you identify ways you can make your day great, and guides you to reflect on things you can be happy for on a daily basis. When you look for good, you get more good.

Taking time to appreciate the little things in life and see the greatness within them will hep you develop an attitude of gratitude. Being mindful and aware of your surroundings, and looking for the good in the small moments will help you enjoy them even more. When you need a mindful minute, it’s even better to take a walk outside for fresh air, the vitamin D from sunshine and the outdoors to refresh yourself.

One of our favorite ways to practice happiness is to give to others; doing something good, no matter how big or small, for someone else can instantly boost both of your moods. Humans were built with the need for connection, and looking for and making positive connections with others can transform an environment to be happier and healthier.

So decide, choose and commit to be happy. Growing a little bit more positive every day can make a big change over time.

-Stefanie Rossman, Columbus