If you regularly say these 12 phrases, you’re more positive than you may think

Being positive has its benefits. It helps us have a positive mindset, bounce back from life’s obstacles quicker, and be happier in general.

It’s also much more pleasant to be around positive individuals!

How can you tell if you are a positive human being?

Well, one of the ways to tell is through the words you use.

Let’s look at 12 phrases positive people regularly say!

1) ‘I like/love your’ [insert thing here]

How nice does it feel to receive a compliment? Doesn’t it make you feel good?

It’s always lovely to hear when someone likes something about us, whether it’s our appearance, sense of style or personal qualities.

So, if you’re the type to freely give away compliments such as, ‘I like your hair,’ or ‘I love your energy!’ that’s a sure sign of your positivity making itself known.

2) ‘You can do this!’

You might also be the motivator type who cheers on your peers during pivotal moments.

Let’s say your friend is doubting themselves and their ability. They are about to perform in front of hundreds of people, give a presentation or do something super scary like bungee jumping out of a helicopter.

Whatever the scenario, you’re there, uttering these motivating (and positive!) words.

3) ‘I believe in you’

Another thing you might regularly say when someone is doubting themselves is ‘I believe in you’.

This might be because you see the positive aspects and strengths of the person in question.

Even if they don’t believe in themselves in the moment, you do. And to let them know, you verbalize it.

This empowering and positive phrase helps instill confidence and belief in someone. That means if you use this phrase a lot, you’re pretty positive!

4) ‘Don’t give up’

This is a phrase you might use whenever someone has faced a setback.

Perhaps your partner didn’t get the job they wanted. They received rejection after rejection after applying for multiple jobs.

Or your friend had yet another breakup after they thought they’d found the one.

After experiencing failure, we’re bound to feel down and out.

So to help motivate and make someone feel better, you might throw this phrase out there.

If so, this shows you have a positive mindset!

5) ‘I’m proud of you’

If you’re a positive person, it’s natural that you want the best for other people.

You want them to do well, be happy and smash their dreams! That means when they accomplish something, this might be the first phrase that comes to mind.

If you’ve seen someone’s journey to get to a certain point – their struggles, rejection, heartbreak – that makes this phrase all the more sweeter!

An example of this could be your child graduating from university or a colleague getting promoted.

6) ‘I’m so happy for you’

This is another phrase you might say when someone has accomplished something.

You may use this when: someone gets engaged, pregnant or moves in with their partner.

Not only does using this phrase regularly mean you’re positive. It means you’re empathetic too.

That’s because others’ happiness makes you happy too.

Empaths tend to be affected by the emotions of others, whether it’s positive or negative.

So, if you can say you’re happy for someone and mean it, you have empathetic qualities!

7) ‘Congratulations’

Let’s not forget this common phrase that’s also used to celebrate achievements.

If someone gets a new job, buys a house or gets a raise, you might throw this phrase out there, or a ‘congrats!’, for short.

It’s always nice to hear, so if you use this phrase often, you’re helping to spread positive vibes!

8) ‘Keep it up!’

This is a positive and motivational phrase you might say when someone’s doing a good job. It’s like saying, ‘Keep up the good work!’ but shorter.

Example: You work at a call center, and your colleague has doubled the number of calls taken in a shift.

Or alternatively, they exceed their sales target by upselling more products than usual.

They’ve done well in these scenarios, so saying ‘keep it up!’ makes sense.

That’s another bonus point for your positivity if you say it often!

9) ‘You can count on me’

If you use this phrase a lot, not only are you positive. It also shows you’re dependable and a team player.

Your friend might need help arranging a birthday party. Perhaps they’ve asked you to buy a list of items or help to come up with a birthday theme.

When tasked with doing something, the negative option would be to whine, complain, or make excuses as to why you can’t do it.

But if you instead say, ‘You can count on me,’ or even, ‘Leave it to me,’ this further demonstrates your positive mindset!

10) ‘I’m grateful for’ [insert thing here]

Are you the kind of person who practices gratitude? Do you take a moment each day to remind yourself of how good you have it?

If so, you probably use these words a lot.

One of the best ways to fine-tune a positive frame of mind is to practice gratitude daily.

Doing so helps you focus on the positive aspects of your life rather than the negative.

If you already do this, trust me when I say that you’re more positive than you think!

11) ‘I appreciate you’

If you take time out of your day to practice gratitude, you may also reflect on the people in your life.

But perhaps it doesn’t end there for you. You let them know it, too.

This is a powerful phrase that makes the other person feel good. Quite frankly, it’s nice to feel loved and appreciated!

You might also say, ‘I value you,’ as an alternative.

12) ‘Thanks for your help’

Another way to show appreciation and gratitude is by thanking others.

It’s also a show of respect to those who have taken time out of their day to help you.

You might say this phrase when someone has given you great advice, helped you with shopping, or solved a problem.

You may also say something along the lines of, ‘Thanks for your support,’ or ‘I appreciate the help!’


How many of these phrases do you say regularly?

If you often use many of these phrases, then there’s no doubt you’re a more positive person than you think!

All I can say is to keep spreading that positive energy. We need it more than you realize!

Natalya Edwards

Natalya Edwards is a content writer with experience writing content on diverse topics, from entertainment and music to personal development and short stories. When she’s not typing away at the keyboard, she enjoys gaming, reading and watching Korean dramas.

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