Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health. There are basically two kinds of people: positive thinkers and negative thinkers. Did you know that negative thinkers tend to have more health problems than those who think positively? Not only can positive thinking make you healthier, but it can actually help you have a better life.
In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at the impact of both positive and negative thinking. By the end, you’ll be convinced that having a cheerful attitude toward life is the key to living for many years to come. But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.
Start your day with what makes you Happy
1. Spend Time with Positive People
If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you. Take a look at the people you call friends. Are they positive people always looking for the good in life, or do their attitudes trend toward the negative? Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive. Instead of hanging around people that will accompany you in your misery, find people that will help to pull you out of it. The more positivist you have in your life, the brighter the world around you will become.
It may sound trite, but did you know that smiling has been scientifically proven to improve your mood and thought patterns. The muscles in your forehead are directly linked to your brain’s emotional center, and creasing them into a frown can make you moody and depressed. Smiling, on the other hand, sends positive, happy thoughts to your mind. Get in the habit of smiling more, and you’ll be happier all around.
3. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior
When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior. Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.
4. Have a sense of Humor:
Your brain has no sense of humor. No ability to judge right and wrong — whether something was meant as a joke — or not. It simply carries out your instructions in the most efficient way it can.
5. Do Yoga or Meditate
What makes Yoga such a great activity is that it helps you to bring your focus inward and listen to your self-talk. Meditation does the same thing, and both of these activities will help you to hear yourself and the way you think. If you hear a lot of negativity, make a conscious effort to replace those thoughts with positive ones.
6. Contribute to the Community
One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give. Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.
7. Take Control of Your Life
Instead of complaining when you find yourself in negative situations, take control and don’t allow it to happen. Make a conscious choice of whether or not you will do something, and stop being a victim in your own life start thinking about your choices.
8. Delete Negative Thought
It was a very effective strategy to bring much needed attention to negative thinking and get you to rephrase or re frame it. In the first of these tips for positive thinking, I suggested you first just start to pay attention.
9. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials
Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.
Science has proven that singing helps to fight depression and boosts your mood, so belt out your favorite Show Tunes now! The more you sing, the happier you’ll become. It’s a great de-stressing activity, plus it’s a whole lot of fun!
11. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts
You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.
Just like you should surround yourself with positive people, you should also read positive-reinforcing books, quotes, and materials. Find podcasts that inspire you, or listen to the TED talks. Find quotes on positive and paste them around your house. The more positive you surround yourself with, the better!
13. Pay attention to your thinking
At first, just be the observer and notice how you think and what you are thinking about. You may be surprised at just how much anxiety-producing, negative thinking is actually going on in your head. Just notice. Then make a conscious effort to change negative thoughts in positive ones.
14. Use the power of Metaphor to help you not to hurt you
Because the brain thinks in pictures METAPHORS are very powerful communication tools. I use them a lot in the mental exercises I offer to communicate and reprogram the subconscious mind. Like with any mind tool, it can work for you or against you – depending on how you use it.
15. Exercise Is the Natural Feel-Good Drug
Exercise is a great way to maintain a good attitude because of all the positive chemicals it releases into the bloodstream.
Start small. Pick the easiest tip or the one that you really love and introduce it into your life starting right now. Then over time, start implementing the other tips and watch your positivity soar.