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Don’t let negative thoughts drag you down. A positive outlook can bring about positive emotions and positive experiences. Having a positive attitude is rejuvenating to both the mind and the body, so find out how you too, can be a positive person!
All of us wish to have inner-peace, enjoy pleasant moments and be happy. Yet circumstances are not always within our control as we experience negative thoughts and feelings in situations. While it is not always easy to stay positive in life, it is useful to remember that we can control the thoughts in our minds. Being positive is thus within our capability, in spite of negative influences in our lives.
Being a positive person is more than just thinking positive thoughts and wishing for bad things to go away, leaving only positive experiences. It is about taking simple steps to make small changes in our daily lives, in order to translate our positive thoughts into behaviour. By taking the extra step to act on your positive thoughts, you can further enhance your mental wellbeing.
Here are some other ways to be positive, pick ourselves up, perk-up and move on:
Being contented and grateful for what you have is an important aspect of positive thinking. Thinking about what you don't have will only make you worry and lead you to be more dissatisfied with life. For example, instead of comparing your job and pay with others, focus on the positives instead and appreciate the amiable colleagues or opportunities that your job offers. When you are contented, you are also motivated to achieve your dream.
"Impossible is Nothing", so the famous sports brand slogan says. When you have a positive attitude, you will look for a solution and not dwell too much on the problem itself. When problems seem overwhelming or difficult to overcome, break down the problem into smaller parts and then seek to solve the individual parts bit by bit. Consulting other people in your life or referring to books may also lead to surprising solutions.
There are many times in life when you may perceive situations to be negative or worse than they actually are. Such situations may lead to unnecessarily harsh self-criticism or self-blame. For example, when your boss gives feedback on how you can improve your proposal, don’t think of yourself as being lousy at your job or let it affect your mood after work. More often than not, such negative thoughts lead to negative reactions.
Instead, interpret the situation objectively. There may be many reasons why you did not do a good job on the proposal. Perhaps you misunderstood the brief, or you did not do enough research. Adopt a positive outlook and take the feedback positively, learn from the experience and move on. Analyse what went wrong and focus on what you can improve on.
Do not let any negative feelings spill over to other aspects of your life, or let the "perceived" negative situation be a yardstick of your own capability.
When faced with a problem, give yourself a break. Get into a relaxed state of mind.
Temporarily disengaging your mind from a difficult problem helps to rejuvenate and refresh your mind. You may then attack the problem with renewed energy and zest. This will help you keep a positive mind when you encounter difficult challenges or problems.
Need more help? Here are a few other easy-to-implement tips you can start using today.
Happy people smile. It's the easiest thing in the world, but it makes all the difference. Starting the day with a smile can immediately lift your mood. A smile lights up the room and makes things happier and brighter for everyone. Start off with a simple action like this and then watch how it leads to bigger and better things.
When you're thinking positively, it's easier to realise a goal or overcome an obstacle. Positive thinking is a skill like any other, so it takes time, patience and effort to master. But the results will be worth it.
Say it again and again. Affirm and encourage yourself with positive words when you're in challenging situations. By doing that, you’re halfway there to solving the problem.
When everything feels like it's going wrong, try to find the humour in the situation. Laughter is infectious, and it helps to bring people together. It relieves the body of tension and stress. Best of all, it's free!
There are many benefits of positive thinking. If you take a more optimistic outlook on life, it can improve both your physical and mental health. You will be able to cope better with stress and enjoy happier relationships with friends, family and colleagues.
You can further practise positive thinking by adopting the tips here:
Use only positive words while thinking and talking. Use words such as, 'I can', 'I am able', 'it is possible', 'it can be done', etc. You’ll be surprised by the positive effect that these simple words can bring.
Remember the positive feelings associated with your strengths and successes. Recall them when you are faced with negative circumstances.
Listen to inspirational music or watch a movie that makes you feel optimistic.
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This article was last reviewed on
Saturday, October 12, 2019
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