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Nurturing Sunshine in the Shadows: Cultivating a Positive Mindset in a Negative Environment


Life can be compared to a rich colored textile and we not only find ourselves sucked into rancid situations but also weaving them. Whatever the scenario of a toxic managed workplace, a trying relationship, or a situation surrounded by negativity is – the constant push to keep a positive mindset can be just like swimming against the strongest currents non-stop. Nevertheless, even in this turbidity, there might be a chance to use adversity to grow resilience, perseverance, and optimism which will help to convert the greyest landscapes into something nice.

Setting the Scene:

Imagine this room is loaded with skepticism, where you hear every word resonate with only bickering, complaints, and complaints. This is quite depressing – the befuddling motive as well as a source of stress and anxiety to only mention a few. It’s just too simple to fall into the trap of disappointment, but, on the other hand, it’s necessary to keep in mind that before each obstacle we have an incredible strength that is hidden inside of it.

The Power of Perception:

The way we see the world around us affects the experience we have, our mental state, and overall satisfaction. The formation of a positive mindset in negative circumstances is not ignoring of the existence of obstacles or closing eyes on the hardship, though it means rejecting the old point of view and attention to the solution of the problems instead of the problems itself.

Take Edison’s creation of the light bulb as one illustration. He came up with so many obstacles and flops to do something durable, long-lasting, and suitable when lighting. Edison did not surrender to the negativity surrounding his numerous failures unlike many others, and that is how he continued being positive despite those obstacles. He went on to become one of the most notable inventors by stating, ” I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

The Butterfly Effect of Positivity:

Praising does not just mean sitting on clouds; it comes with a doctor’s order. You’ve noticed a physical improvement. In a revolutionary way, staying positive becomes a tool amid the negative environment. Several types of research have demonstrated that optimistic people have lower amounts of stress, have reduced levels of chronic diseases, and even live longer than pessimists and negative-minded individuals.

A remarkable number of lives included the story of Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist who also lived through the Holocaust. Human’s ability to think and to manifest their inner world, no matter how harsh the environment or painful the circumstances, come first and foremost. In the horrors of the Nazi camps, Frankl strived to maintain a strong mental attitude.

He discovered meaning in his pain and, as much as he would keep in mind his number one priority, even when things looked random and dark, he could make up his mind to decide on his attitude. The experiences he would face later motivated his novel doctrine “Man’s Search for Meaning,” based on which he parted with an idea of human spiritual resilience positively affected the situation of life.

Strategies for Cultivating Positivity:

  1. Mindful Awareness: Start with the development of your own inner and outer thoughts and emotions. With the help of mindfulness, you can detach yourself from negativity instead of being sucked into the abyss from which it comes from. Accept that there are times when you encounter negativity and don’t let such thoughts dominate your attitude.
  2. Gratitude Practices: In a negative environment, the issue of focusing on the positive aspects of life is difficult to avoid. Create a habit of expressing thanks for the things that you value and are grateful for. It may seem like an ordinary step-by-step, but this can be quite helpful to shift your focus and create a set of positive ripple effects around you.
  3. Surround Yourself with Positivity: This does not mean that you are capable of creating and changing the environment with which you have involuntarily come in contact but you can choose the people with whom you are associated. Instead of letting the negativity define you, develop relationships with those who spread positivity around and support you to stay positive and grounded.
  4. Set Realistic Goals: Break the larger goals into small targets that are easiest to oversee. Be happy with small steps to a brighter (more positive?) future. Keep those small victories in mind to prop you up.
  5. Learn from Challenges: Rather than a dam, look at challenges as a way to provide growth opportunities, which is significantly beneficial. Every stumbling block is a way also to become flexible and build a confident self-image.


Fear of failure causes such obstacles as the web of pessimistic thoughts and sapping a positive mindset to illuminate a way ahead, lighting the spark for the good. When we go with an optimistic mindset, we tap into a potent source of change that not only upgrades our lives but also has positive effects on those around us. Edison and Frankl’ are the symbols of inspiration because not at all the darkest corner become the cause of a positive atmosphere, but instead, it is up to mindset that further transforms into a source of revolution.

Remembering that the mind is a dominant tool you may be able to overcome the emotional turbulences of your environment. The path to putting a positive spin on life is steep and demands that you are persistent, solid, and able to look beyond the darkness. Exercise your mindset as a transformative lever and the place in which you see changes start to take place. In the case of the dialectical relationship between pessimism and optimism, the responsibility to head the world flies with those who make an effort to have a hopeful mindset in the face of adversity.

Trimisiyu Omotayo Lawal is working in Skyline University Nigeria as a Lecturer II in the Department of Economics. He has obtained his MHE Degree from Bayero University Kano, Nigeria in 2019 and a BSc in Economics from Bayero University Kano in 2017.