Power of Positive Thinking
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. The key to a happy life is positive thinking which not only helps to manage stress levels but also improves your health. It is important in your life to overcome negativity and work on making yourself a positive person.
Even though the phrase “glass half empty or half full” may be overused or sound cliché, the fact is, how you answer this question is a basic reflection of the way you look at life. Positive thinking does not mean that you have the ostrich mentality—with your head in the sand and thinking everything is fine.
It doesn’t mean you completely ignore everything that is unpleasant. It is just that you try to make the best of the situation and learn to accept things without bursting your morale.
Benefits of positive thinking
There are endless benefits from positive thinking:
- Good health
- Increased life span
- Low levels of stress and depression
- Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular diseases
- Ability to cope with hardships and stressful times
- Ability to enjoy life more
In short, positive thinking gives a better quality of life to not only you, but those around you as well.
Some simple tips for positive thinking
Negative thinking can be identified from the way you look at life and the self talk in which you indulge.
- Are you always looking at things cynically and expecting something bad to happen all the time?
- Are the majority of thoughts in your head negative?
- Are you most of the time stressed, worried and unhappy?
If the answers to these are a ‘Yes,’ you definitely need to change now and move over to positive thinking. First things, first: you have to be willing to change. Positive thinking takes some practice. After all, it’s a new habit you are making.
1. Analyze your thoughts
Make a conscious effort to stop and analyze your thoughts throughout the day. If you see they are negative try and see some positive side to them or add some humor to them.
2. Add humor and laughs
Even if you don’t feel like it: just smile! It not only changes the way you look but it gives a happy feeling to the brain. Go in front of the mirror and smile to yourself. Laugh often and laugh at life. Read a few fun jokes on the internet if required or recall a funny incident in your life. Watch funny movies.
3. Lead a healthy lifestyle
Eat right, exercise at least 3-times-a-week or play a sport. All these contribute to feeling good and confident.
If you feel good your thoughts will be positive.
4. Be in the company of positive and happy people
Hang out with those chirpy and happy friends. Hang out with people who are confident and positive in life. Being around negative people pulls you down and stresses you out even more.
5. Indulge in positive self-talk
Talk to yourself with confidence (and gently). Don’t be hard on yourself. If you do get negative thoughts think about and respond to them rationally and in the best possible way. Look into the mirror and tell yourself what a confident and positive person you are. Tell yourself that you are grateful for a lot of things.
Try this practice: before going to bed say a little prayer thanking God for the all the good things that you have in life.
6. Read/watch motivational books/movies
There are so many inspiring and motivational books and movies. Indulge in them! They do give tips on how to be positive and also how to handle situations in life.
a. One of my favorite books of recent times has been the bestselling ‘Secrets’ it has helped me to attract positive thoughts and energy.
b. A movie which inspired me and made think that life has so much goodness to it was the Oscar-winning movie ‘The Blind Side.’
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. ~ Helen Keller (Tweet this)
You really don’t need to add money, cars or jewels in your life to be happy (though I admit we all would love to have those anytime) but you can add lots of positive thinking for it. Make that change in your life and make it now.