6 Things Positive, Happy People Believe


“Everyone creates realities based on their own personal beliefs. These beliefs are so powerful that they can create [expansive or entrapping] realities over and over.” ~Hope Bradford

Our thoughts are habitual, and we don’t usually think about how we think. Thoughts come naturally to us.

We tend to believe that there is only one way for us as individuals to look at the Universe, and it’s the way that we’re currently doing it.

However, just like we express our individuality through clothing choices, political movements, and taste in food and movies, our way of thinking is a style that we have chosen somewhere along the way according to our beliefs.

We are able to change our thoughts and beliefs more easily than we think. What are the benefits of this? Well, any physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual change starts with your thoughts and beliefs.

You cannot lose weight if you don’t believe you can do it. You cannot be happy if you believe that you’re doomed to be depressed. You cannot make friends if you believe that everyone is out to get you.

Our reality forms around our beliefs, not the other way around. Usually when we believe something so deeply, our lives shape around it and we see proof of our beliefs everywhere we look.

Can you see how big a role belief plays in our lives, especially when we want change?

Many times, our beliefs are subconscious and we don’t even realize that they are controlling the way we live our lives.

I grew up quite depressed. I remember going to my first therapist when I was thirteen years old and being put on antidepressants.

It was then a constant battle of altering medications and dealing with side effects until age twenty-three, when I decided I needed to change things once and for all. It was then that I went on the hunt for my cure.

I discovered nutrition, exercise, healthy sleep habits, and more, but the most important thing I uncovered was that I needed to change my thinking, which I could do quickly and effectively by altering my beliefs.

Something that helped me tremendously was researching the beliefs of positive people. I found that they tend to think in a certain way. Just about every truly positive person you meet will have some or all of these core beliefs.

6 Things Positive, Happy People Believe

1. This too shall pass.

Positive people have a deep belief and understanding that things are always changing and forever evolving. This allows them to recognize that emotions come and go; a bad moment does not mean a bad day. Tomorrow is a new day and things will get better.

Each bad moment is but a blip on the chart of a wonderful life, although it may seem like a large problem at the moment. The key emotion in this positive belief is hope, especially when dealing with a situation where it could be easy to fall into despair.

2. People are good.

It can be easy at times to watch media stories and start to believe that the world is full of disturbed people. While these people do exist, the world certainly is not full of them.

One of the most fantastic things anyone can do for themselves is to believe that the world is full of good people. It’s true, isn’t it? For every one person that could bring us harm, there are a thousand others who would rather help us. It’s in our nature to care about others and love our neighbors.

Believing that the majority of people out there are good (and appreciate you in return) will not only bring positivity into your life, it will open you up to making new friends and loving those around you, which benefits everyone involved.

3. This is an opportunity for something better.

Positive people believe that when bad events take place, something better will come as a result.

Everyone on the planet has struggles. When we came out of our mother’s womb, we were met with the challenge of taking our first breath. Could you imagine if we decided right then that it was too scary, too awful, and too uncomfortable to make that transition out of our comfortable home of nine months (assuming we were able to make that choice)?

The beauty we would never get to see. The love we might never know. The air around us we would never feel. Positive people understand that beauty lies on the other side of struggle. The downs make the ups that much more amazing.

When something bad happens, there’s both a gift and a lesson in it. Opportunity comes through change and change only! This is where faith, fate, and hope come into play.

Your spiritual beliefs don’t have to matter here, but positive people generally believe that things do happen for a reason.

4. I am one of a kind.

This is the belief that you are a good person, attractive to others, a happy person, a desirable friend and companion. It’s not egotistical, but it is definitely confident.

Every person on this planet is a miracle of life, and that includes you. No two people are the same; there really is only one you.

You have a special skill set that nobody else can duplicate. Your passions, desires, beliefs, thoughts, body, mind, and emotions are unique.

Positive people see themselves as someone the world can benefit from in many different ways. They live to give. They want to share. They want to use their special skills and talents to do what only they can while on this earth.

5. I’m truly doing the best I can, and I’m learning every day.

This belief also has to do with self-confidence. It’s the belief that even though you may not have gotten through your list of “to-dos,” you did the best you could considering your circumstances.

It is the understanding that each person is a product of their surroundings, upbringing, and genetics, and so we all work with the tools that we’ve been given or learned. It is also the belief that life is about lessons, and to learn something new is a feat that deserves celebration every time.

6. Love is everywhere.

Life is what we focus on. When we focus on love, love is all we see. Positive people tend to see it everywhere they look, whether in nature, companionship, friendship, family, and even between strangers.

Love can have many different meanings, and I’m not talking about just romantic love in this case. I’m talking about appreciation, joy, amusement, inspiration, awe, gratitude, and serenity. The ultimate belief that will bring any person more joy is to know that we are surrounded by love at all times, even when we are physically alone.

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About Andrea Holt

Andrea Holt is a certified Holistic Health Coach. Using her own personal battle through severe depression, her passion lies in helping others find ways to improve their mood naturally and for life; through lifestyle changes, nutrition, and positive psychology. Residing in Colorado with her daughter, she enjoys the outdoors, yoga, crossfit, writing, and soul-searching. Visit her at and on Facebook.

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  • Hi Andrea,

    Another point that I believe is that positive and happy people are dreamers. They know where they are going in life and are happily working towards it.

    Have a great day!

  • Moorkan Ettadi

    Wow! What a nice post.

  • Carolyn

    Thank you for this great list!

  • PassionateSelf

    Thanks for sharing.

    I am glad you are able to change your thinking in that manner. For me, I struggle. Just because my old thinking is so strong. This morning since I have woken up, I have spent first 3 hours frustrating of how things are all chaotic.

    I do believe I am fortunate that I found your blog and bob proctor quote that has calmed me down a lot.

  • passionateself

    Hello Edmund,

    I am also a dreamer. When I can see where will I go, I take action and able to finish my task. When I can’t vision, I can’t move.

    I don’t know if same things happen to you.

  • Parsum Syntax

    I have a problem where I can engage these positive thoughts throughout the day, but in the evening all my self-doubt and recrimination come flooding back. I have begun to dread the end of the day, and it’s always worse after having a ‘good, productive day’, like if I taught a long lecture or did some manual labor.

    I have begun to call this the ‘shame of a job well done’ and it’s really killing me and making it so I don’t want to do anything. The more positive thinking I do throughout the day, the less equipped I seem to be for the evening, when self-blame arises and I’m to exhausted to keep ignoring/fighting/banishing it.

  • su

    Something good always, always comes out of something terrible! I have experienced this more than once in my life 🙂 Thanks for the lovely writeup.

  • “This too shall pass” has gotten me through most of my life so far, even though it dangles on the edge of being too cliche to have impact during trying times.

  • Christy

    Is it possible your personal life has some hidden difficulty that causes this evening self-doubt? I mention that because I’ve noticed this in my own life as well. I suspect my culprit may be a waning romantic relationship I need to address.

  • lv2terp

    WONDERFUL post! I love your insight, and the last sentence wrapped it all up so beautifully, love this! 🙂

  • scott_hearne

    Wonderful article…very timely for me.

  • Rhowena

    Number 2 is the one that I struggle with the most simply because people use me for what they can get and then drop me like a hot brick.
    I’ve resolved to try to make new friends and go into these relationships with a positive mindset, but I’m finding people already have their friendship groups and their “BFFs” and have little extra time for new people unless you can gain something from you!

  • Merv

    Taking LSD was a catalyst to getting me to intimately understand all of these points in my own life,

  • lizriz

    Hi, I keep what I think of as a “self-esteem” journal. Similar to a gratitude journal, everyday I write 5 things that I did right or that went well that day. Some days there are big, significant things to write, other days I struggle to think and write “loaded the dishwasher.” But the most powerful thing is that I’m not allowed to write failures, right? Things I screwed up. So when I find myself fixated on something like that, the journal often makes me pull something good out of something bad that happened, like the bit I did right or the thing I learned. It was a difficult practice for me at first, but it has actually started to have a positive effect!

  • Thank you for this priceless information! Happiness is indeed a choice, a choosing to think in these ways is a sure way to get there. I will be sure to share this 🙂

  • sarthaki

    I posted on this column yesterday but did not receive any reply
    Can you please work that out for me

  • david

    Thank you so much. Beautiful article. I really needed that

  • Thanks for sharing this beautiful list! Such a great reminder 🙂

  • Jeevan/Mirthu/Gupt

    True…I was thinking the same thing about the LAST SENTENCE as well; if you haven’t read it, highly recommend the book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” By Victor Frankl.

  • lv2terp

    So cute! 🙂 I have heard of that book a few times now, so I think it is time to check it out! Thank you for the recommendation! 🙂

  • Hm… Now I don’t know if this will actually be of help to you. There are some questions that you probably need to answer before you can find a remedy for it.

    1/ Do you sincerely belief your positive thoughts? This matters because if you disbelief those thoughts and treated them as wishful thinking. Positive thinking actually has a opposing effect in this instance. I tend to have big unrealistic dream in the past, which lead to extreme disappointment when it doesn’t get fulfill. Set realistic expectation and a little over will help encourage progress and positivity.

    2/ Do you have a passion? I am not talking about passion as in “Interest” or “Likes”. A passion is something that empower you to think positively, a higher ambition that will put you to work right away as soon as you wake up! Something that you must do by the end of your life.

    3/ Are you comparing yourself against something? I get your case scenario every time I compare myself against something that I don’t have.

    There are more things to answer, but this is all I could come up with at the moment that might be the cause. Hope something jog your memories.

  • Just a Girl

    I never realized myself as a necesarily positive person, but I guess I am.

  • monica

    Hi Andrea!

    I just want to say thank you! Thank you for
    Writing positive things! I think I’m in love with your blog. It made my day!

    Lots of love

  • Tina

    Andrea, this is a beautiful, inspiring and soul uplifting article. Thank you so much for bringing this beauty in words into my day.

  • Bill Gerlach

    The simple words of the phrase have become quite cliche, however, the internal representation of what they truly mean is what allows us the resolve to bear down emotionally, spiritually and physically to continue forward, even if its simply for the next few moments.

  • Bill Gerlach

    So keep using what has worked so well for you so far. Well done.