There are your believers and your non-believers with everything, especially around the beneficial factors of positive thinking. Some people stand by it 100% and others just think it’s all nonsense. For me, it is something I am learning to love, yes, I am not the best at it a lot of the time, but when I am, it works so well for me.
What is positive thinking? Many people believe they know what it is, but here is the true definition:
“Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.”
What are the benefits?
- Positive thinkers cope better with stress, they are more mentally prepared for it
- It can make you more resilient
- You create better first impressions
- You will have a boost of motivation
- Positive thinking and optimistic attitude will turn all your problems into opportunities
So, the question is, what do you need to do to become a ‘positive thinker’?
You have to clear out all the negative thoughts, this I know is so much easier said than done, but you can try a number of things to try and make this easier. I have recently found for me, walking is the best way to clear negative thoughts from my mind. Because people assume that their negative thoughts arise from their mind all the time, they do not realise that sometimes, they are products of our environment, the people and things we surround ourselves with. Walking helps you to step away from this and clear your mind, the time you spend distancing yourself from those negative influences can bring you to a great peace of mind.
Walking isn’t for everyone I know that, up until recently it made me contemplate everything more. But I walk now with a different attitude, most of the time it helps me, sometimes it doesn’t, but that is OK too! People sometimes are too quick to attribute one thing which isn’t working great for them to their whole lives. If walking today doesn’t work, doesn’t mean it won’t work tomorrow or the day after.
Other ways you can become a positive thinker are, talking it out, find someones ear you can chew off for a while, you can rant away about all the rubbish and leave feeling so much lighter of the negative and buoyant with the positive. Or, you can start small, start by making a list of the things you are grateful for and everyday add to it something that made you grateful that day. Keep it as a list and when you feel comfortable, turn it into a diary, one entry of positivism every day.
Here are some quick easy ways to start being more positive:
- Smile more
- Surround yourself with positive people
- Help someone who needs a little help
- Don’t always play the victim role, you can take responsibility for your life, it is yours, no-one else’s
- Remember, nobody is perfect and never will be
- Read positive quotes, journals, books, stories
So is positive thinking for you?
Ultimately it is a decision only you can make. We are humans, we easily affect, and are affected by the people we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level through different means, body language, words and thoughts. If we make the decision to try and think more positively, who knows what will happen.
It doesn’t work instantly, you have to remember that. It takes practice, but know, you can do it and you will succeed. I still struggle with this, but I am determined to make myself a positive thinker, after all, it is our life so live it in the best way you can. I will leave you with some of my favourite quotes which I am trying to stick by at the moment:
“Accept yourself, love yourself, and keep moving forward. If you want to fly, you have to give up what weighs you down.”
― Roy T. Bennett
“Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.”
– Don Miguel Ruiz
And my personal favourite:
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”
– Helen Keller
Until next time,