“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson
Positive thinking, simply put, is the act of thinking of the positive side of any given situation, rather than dwelling on the negative. Positive thinking does not mean that you must ignore every negative thing in your life, pretending that you are deliriously happy when you’re not. On the contrary, positive thinkers acknowledge that sometimes things go wrong, but they are able to put these negative circumstances in a realistic perspective, learn what they can from them, and move on. Positive thinking prevents negative people or situations from dominating your psyche. Making a conscious effort to view yourself, your family and friends, and your life in general with a positive mindset improves mood, promotes emotional well-being, and prevents stress and depression.
“The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.”
Here are 7 simple steps to help you practice positive thinking:
1. Focus on the good. This is what positive thinking is all about! At the end of the day, be mindful of what went right instead of focusing only on what went wrong. While there is some benefit to thinking about your mistakes – in the context of how to improve those situations – do not solely focus on the negative. Remind yourself of the good that occurred.
2. Restructure negative thoughts. When you catch yourself thinking negatively, rephrase your thoughts with a constructive message. Instead of thinking “I forgot to call my sister on her birthday. How could I be so dumb? I am a horrible person!” rephrase that inner criticism to acknowledge that a mistake occurred and to plan a way to remedy the situation. “I forgot to call my sister on her birthday. I’ll call her tomorrow. From now on, I’m putting an alarm on my phone to remind me.”
3. View positive images (such as Spirit Fountains quote art). Place pictures or drawings that make you smile where they are easily viewed. Look at them when you need a quick emotional pick-me-up.
4. Use verbal affirmations. First thing in the morning, state your goal, wish, or desired outcome for the day as if it was a sure thing. “Today will be a productive day” or “I am becoming strong and healthy.”
5. Surround yourself with positive people. Attitude is contagious. Being around people who have a positive outlook on life will help you foster your own positive outlook. Conversely, being around negative people will foster a negative outlook. Choose your friends wisely!
6. Express gratitude. Giving thanks for life’s blessings – large and small – reinforces good feelings about life in general. Take the time to acknowledge, and give thanks for, the positive people and circumstances in your life.
7. Treat yourself. Do something nice for yourself every once in a while. Reward yourself when you reach a goal, or just treat yourself if you’ve been having a bad time. And always remember, loving and respecting yourself is the most important step towards having a healthy (P.M.A.) positive mental attitude.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herbert Albright
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