4 Ways To Think Positively
Positive thinking gives you confidence, improves your mood and reduces the likelihood of developing hypertension, depression and stress-related disorders.
Below are 4 ways that you can begin to incorporate positive thinking into your day.
Start the day with positive affirmation
How you start your morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Talk to yourself in the mirror, even if you feel silly, with statements like, “Today will be a good day” or “I’m going to be happy today”. You’ll be amazed how much your day improves.
Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk
Negative self-talk can happen without even realising it. You might regularly say things like, “I’m so bad at this!” or “I shouldn’t have done that.” But these thoughts turn into internalised feelings and might cement your conceptions of yourself. When you catch yourself doing this, stop and replace those negative messages with positive ones. For example, “I’m so bad at this” becomes “Once I get more practice, I’ll be way better at this.” “I shouldn’t have done that” becomes “That didn’t work out as planned—maybe next time.”
Focus on the good things, however small
Almost invariably, you’re going to encounter obstacles throughout the day—there’s no such thing as a perfect day. When you encounter such a challenge, focus on the benefits, no matter how slight or unimportant they seem. For example, if you get stuck in traffic, think about how you now have time to listen to the rest of your favourite podcast. If the supermarket is out of the food you want to prepare, think about the thrill of trying something new.
Surround yourself with friends, family and mentors
When you surround yourself with positive people, you’ll hear positive outlooks, positive stories and positive affirmations. Their positive words will sink in and affect your own line of thinking, which then affects your words and similarly contributes to the group. Finding positive people to fill up your life can be difficult, but you need to eliminate the negativity in your life before it consumes you. Do what you can to improve the positivity of others, and let their positivity affect you the same way.
Everyone can apply these lessons to their own lives and increase their positive attitude. The more you practice, the greater benefits you’ll experience.