5 Signs You Have a Negative Outlook on Life

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Do you consider yourself a fairly positive person?

Let’s find out.

This isn’t exactly a post filled with endless positive thoughts. It’s one will help you to see and identify some of the signs that potentially may show you have a negative outlook on life. A positive attitude is the main ingredient to a successful life – regardless of what you want to become good at.

If you think negatively, you’ll perform negatively. Vice versa.

If it turns out that after reading this you realize you might be a negative thinking person, this article will also outline what you should do to start thinking more positively and turn your outlook around.


5 Signs You Have A Negative Outlook on Life

A lot of people don’t like articles that talk about negativity like this one. They tend to put a downer on things for the most part. Although, it’s still an important subject to cover and one that some people might find useful.

So, with that being said, here are 5 simple signs you have a negative outlook on life, and what to do about it.


1. You Look Forward to Sleeping More than Waking up

Are you the sort of person who just can’t wait to get into your bed at night to go to sleep? Or do you go to sleep excited for waking up tomorrow?

It’s definitely something to think about. Often, those that have a negative outlook on life will just be absolutely aching for their bed. They’ll go to bed early, wake up late, and just lay there for as long as possible until they have to get up.

Does this sound like you?

Maybe it’s time to remind yourself of everything you have to be thankful for, and all the good reasons you have to be waking up every morning. And if you don’t think you have any great reason to be waking up early in the morning, then make one. Start something new, anything new, something that you love.


2. The Negative Aspects of Opportunity are What You See First

When a new opportunity arises for you, what do you think of first: the reasons to go for it or the reasons not to go for it? Sure those negative reasons not to go for an opportunity may exist, but that doesn’t mean it should stop you from reaping all the potential benefits.

There is most likely always going to be a negative side to opportunity. Maybe not always, but the majority of the time there will be, and you need to be able to look past that in order to see the greatness it could bring you.

There are many people who give up because they’re tired, frustrated, afraid and some who don’t even begin because they don’t believe it is possible.

But those people out there that are just like you, succeed because they look past the negatives and they believe they can achieve the best from every opportunity.


3. You’re Not Happy With the Way You Look

I’m pretty sure most people can relate to this point, am I right? Many of us complain that parts of our body are too big, too small, too flabby, too bony, too hairy and so on. There’s two different aspects of this that may affect you, and they are things that you can help and things that you can’t.

The things that you can change, you have no reason to be complaining about.

Excuses like genetics, time and money are poor.

I’m talking about people who think they’re too skinny, or too overweight and so on. You can change these things if you’re willing to work hard to get what you want, and quit complaining about why you’re not there yet.

I used to be incredibly skinny, and thought I was one of those people who just couldn’t put on muscle. That was a while ago now and since then I’ve put on 30 pounds of solid muscle, but only because I started working hard and taking both exercise and diet seriously.

The other parts of your body that you’re unable to change, you’ll need to learn to accept. Worrying and complaining will not make them change or make you any happier.

The only thing that will make you happier is if you learn to accept how they are. Besides, most of it is probably all in your head, and may look bad from your point of view, but goes unnoticed by others.

The Way You Look At Things

4. The Only Time You Talk About Yourself is When You’re Complaining

One of the signs you have a negative outlook on life is when you will only talk about yourself to complain about something. Either the way you look, or how boring you think you are, or that you’re rubbish at certain skills.

You don’t have to brag about yourself to others! But often, when we talk about ourselves to others in a positive way, it fills our minds with positive energy, and we become excited about what we’re saying, especially if others respond well to it.

There’s no use complaining about things. Nothing will change just by complaining to others. Think more positively, step out of your shell and be proud to speak about yourself. It’ll have a positive affect on your mind.


5. You Don’t Accept Compliments from Others

Any compliments from others are often met with a “Thanks, but…” or “No, I’m…”. Sound familiar? Negativity might not be the reason that you turn down compliments, because I know that many people will just to be polite and not come across as incredibly egotistical. Which completely makes sense.

Although often, you’ll find someone who goes to extra lengths to explain why you’re compliment is supposedly far from the truth. That person definitely has a negative outlook on life, and if you think that sounds a little like you, then lighten up a bit!

When someone gives you a compliment, it shows that they have found something they think is good about you, and that they care enough about you to tell you.



If you haven’t done so already, check out my list of 30 Positive Thinking Quotes to Help Overcome Negativity. Some of these quotes are incredibly inspiring. Stay positive!

After reading this, does it sound like you have a negative outlook on life? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Dan Western
Dan Westernhttps://wealthygorilla.com/
Dan Western is the founder of Wealthy Gorilla. Dan has been running Wealthy Gorilla and studying self-development, personal finance, and investment for the last 7 years. To this day, Wealthy Gorilla has become one of the fastest growing wealth infotainment sites in the world; with over 300 million views worldwide. Dan doesn't use personal social media anymore, so you won't be able to find him on Instagram, or Twitter.


  1. Helpful.
    Some of the problems I have:
    1. I always have negative thoughts where I ask myself if I can do something whenever I need to get something done.
    2. I am very bad at being challenged, I can do something well in private but when you ask me to come explain what I’ve done or you challenge me to it, I won’t be able to repeat that thing.
    3. I struggle to process information and I feel worse when I see other people processing such information like responding to questions easily.
    4. My handwriting changes when I’m upset, becomes unattractive. I can’t write in front of some people because my hand trembles and makes it difficult for me write. I can only write where such people are not looking at me.
    And lots more.
    I don’t know what is wrong with me and I have stuggle with this things for many years

  2. This article sums me up. Always complaining and moaning about things. It only gets worse after a few drinks. Not a good way to live life.


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