We’ve all been there. Laying in bed at night and the negative thoughts start.

She was right to leave you. Your friends and colleagues don’t like you. You should have finished grad school. The black mold in your walls could have been prevented if you had just scheduled regular sump pump maintenance like a decent human being. The rainforest is burning, and you’re just lying here feeling sorry for yourself. Your 401(k) investments are poorly diversified, too.

It happens even to the best of us! Fortunately, there is a way to mitigate all that negativity, and don’t worry—we’re not about to segue into a pitch for a miracle cure. Staying present can be as easy as thinking positive things. Think about your positive qualities and the things you did today that made you proud. See? You’re starting to feel better already!

When the darkest thoughts take hold—you know the ones—take a moment to reflect on the positive affirmations and quotes of others for inspiration. Here are just a few positive attitude quotes to get you started!

Quotes About Positivity and Having a Positive Attitude


Groucho Marx quote on positivity


“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

– Groucho Marx


Victor Frankl quote on positivity


“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.”

– Victor Frankl


George Soros quote on positivity


“To others, being wrong is a source of shame; to me, recognizing my mistakes is a source of pride. Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.”

– George Soros


Kurt Vonnegut quote on positivity


“And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”

– Kurt VonnegutA Man Without a Country


Gary Vaynerchuk quote on positivity


“Positivity always wins… Always.”

– Gary Vaynerchuk


Aristotle quote on positivity


“Happiness is a quality of the soul… not a function of one’s material circumstances.”

– Aristotle