Many a time we have heard people tell us, ‘be positive, and good things will come your way’. Though this seems a little clichéd, the power of positive thinking is indeed significant in our lives. It is not just the emotional being that is positively influenced, but the mental and physical being too. Positive thinking can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression, and other stress-related disorders.
What does ‘positive thinking’ really mean?
Positive thinking may be defined as positive imagery, positive self-talk, or general optimism, but these are all still general, ambiguous concepts. If you want to be effective in thinking and being positive, read on to more about 7 different ways to achieve a positive approach towards life.
7 ways to achieve a positive mindset:
#1 Start the day with a positive affirmation:
The way you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of your entire day. If you wake up in a negative state of mind, it is most likely that the pessimistic view is carried into other events you experience. Instead of letting this negative thought dominate you, start off with positive affirmations.
#2 Focus on the good things, however small:
Your day will entail different kinds of experiences, some good some, some difficult, some big some small. No day can be perfect. In such cases, focus on the benefits, no matter how trivial they may seem.
#3 Find humour in bad situations:
One should try to find humour during even the darkest most trying of times. Even if something bad happens, remember it is for some greater good.
#4 Turn failures into lessons:
Nobody is perfect. All of us are bound to make mistakes and experience a number of failures. Instead of focusing on the failure, one could turn it into a lesson and learn from them. The chances of doing the same mistake the next time are highly reduced.
#5 Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk:
It is very easy to be affected by negative self-talk, which turn into negative feelings about yourself. These negative messages need to be replaced by positive ones.
#6 Focus on the present:
Most sources of negativity stem from a memory of a recent event or the exaggerated imagination of a potential future event. One should focus on the present.
#7 Find positive friends, mentors and co-workers:
Positivity is contagious, so is negativity for that matter. To remain positive in life, it is essential to surround yourself with positive people. Their thoughts and words affect your own thought process. You need to eliminate the negativity in your life before it consumes you.
Anybody can apply these lessons to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. Positive thinking offers bountiful returns, so the more often you practice it, the greater the benefits you reap.