Positivity is not about denying that negative things are happening in and around you. It is not about escaping reality and always thinking that everything is well and good. Developing a positive mindset involves acknowledging the bad without dwelling on it. You do it by not allowing negativity to take center stage in your daily life. Like many things in life, this is easier said than done. But it does not make it impossible. You may just have to be more mindful of what you let in and stay in your mind.
Decide to dwell on the positive
You can either take control or just let your thoughts dictate how your day unfolds. It is up to you to choose the narratives in your mind. You can dwell on negative thoughts and deal with the stress and worries that often come with them. Or you can focus on the positive things and avoid needless suffering. The latter seems like an obvious choice if you want some peace of mind.
Explore other perspectives
Some negative thoughts are there for a reason. They may present lessons that need to be learned or problems that you have to resolve. Simply ignoring them are not exactly your best options. One of the many ways you can use the negative things in your life to your advantage is to change the way you view them. You can maintain a positive outlook while addressing whatever negativity may be hindering you. It is a more productive way to deal with things that may fester if you just bury it beneath the surface.
Find the good in every situation
You can either let bad things get you down or you can find the good from them. In the end, it is always about the choices you make. Tough times happen to everyone. There will be days when things just seem to spiral out of control. There are days when you feel unbalanced and too stressed to see the good in everything. It is usually during these moments when finding something positive about any situation can put you back on track.
Fake it until it becomes natural to you
It is when you feel least like being positive that you need to fake it. Act like the positive person you imagine yourself to be. Mimic the behaviors of people that exude positivity. It takes practice but you will eventually get the hang of it.