Staying positive is important, something you have to work at, completely on your own… everyone has their own little ways of keeping their chins up…
Something I do to stay positive is — and this is unconventional — but I let myself feel really, really, really sad. I know it sounds crazy. But I’m not going to put a sunshine band-aid over my wounds and pretend I’m fine. I face my negativity head-on and conquer it! I’m not scared of it. I welcome it with no judgment. I’m sick of society saying you have to be happy all the time. The more I push away and resist negativity, the stronger it will get. So I feel it all the way.
Another technique is to take care of myself. Getting too wrapped up in other people’s issues causes a lot of negativity. I center myself, ground myself, bring myself back to the present moment. I like to hide in a corner with soft blankets and warm tea. Remember my own path. Stop comparing myself to others. Realize that I am enough.
Finally, focusing very heavily on the things that make me happy keeps me positive. Since childhood, whenever I was about to burst into tears in public (which I think should be socially accepted, because crying in secret promotes shamefulness of oneself but I guess the world is just not ready for that, whatever, I’m not bitter) in order to stop myself from crying I would think really hard about my cat, or little kitties cuddling each other.