Monday Motivation: How Barney Stinson Could Teach Us a Lesson or Two about Positivity

Love him or hate him, but you can’t ignore him. Even if you aren’t a fan, Barney’s can brighten up your insipid life with his confidence, charm and wit. Just what you need on a boring Monday morning!

Over the years, Barney Stinson has achieved cult status in popular fiction, thanks to his attitude, wit and style. The iconic character from popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother, has been portrayed to perfection by Neil Patrick Harris. The impact of Barney came as a result of his character arc, which took years to shine slowly and gradually outperforming every other character in popularity.

Barney was never intended to be a good guy. Instead, he culminated everything weird, quirky and bohemian. The audience found him shallow and restless who lacked commitment and responsibility. However, his jollity and positivity turned out to be encouraging, and people started to take him seriously.

Today Barney is a brand in itself who knows how to make an impression and remain awesome. We look at some of the epic takeaways from the man himself, who is singlehandedly capable of making you feel good about yourself.


If it is about making an impression with your dressing sense, Barney knows it best. After all, nothing suits him like suit and everybody knows it. He could be credited with bringing the suiting-up style back in the game. He is always dressed up in suits because he knows the value of making a statement with personal style. The idea is to feel confident and comfortable.

That is why you could never take a bad picture of Barney. It is impossible.

Follow the Bro-Code

To quote the man himself –

“Think of me like Yoda but instead of being little and green I wear suits and I’m awesome. I’m your bro – I’m Broda!”

Barney knows that bro-code is supreme and it must be strictly followed. If you want your friends to remain faithful to you, you must be a true friend to them first. Like Barney, you should be an ultimate wingman to your friend, because friends are like family to you.

Happiness is the key

Life is about overcoming sadness and challenges. Being unhappy will only compound the problem and never solve it. You know what our Barney thinks about adversities-

“When I am sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead”

Matter resolved!

Always being Legen (wait-for-it) dary

Because downplaying isn’t Barney’s style, every situation has the potential to be legendary, and the key is positivity. Your life should never be dull; it should be full of enthusiasm to keep you excited.

Barney Stinson is the man, the myth, the legend who has the power to bring back a smile on your face even if your day suck. But remember, how he gives himself a self-five when he needs to appreciate himself for being awesome.

That’s what you need to do. Give yourself a self-five and get back on to your legen (wait for it) dary life.