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Positive thinking can bring about positive emotions and positive experiences. Having a positive attitude is rejuvenating to both the mind and the body. Learn how to be positive and stay positive.
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 negative emotions in many 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. It is within our capability to cultivate a positive mindset, in spite of negative situations.
Being a positive person is more than just thinking positive thoughts or wishing for bad things to go away, leaving only positive experiences. It is about taking simple steps to make small changes in all areas of your life and to translate 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 develop a positive mindset, 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 stressed and make you more dissatisfied with life. For example, instead of comparing your job and pay with others, focus on the good 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 train your mind to have a positive attitude, you will look for a solution and not dwell too much on the problem itself. When your problems seem too overwhelming or too difficult to overcome, break it down 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 poorly of yourself or let it affect your mood for the rest of your day. 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 affect other aspects of your life, or the "perceived" negative situation define your capabilities.
When faced with a problem, give yourself a break and relax your mind.
Temporarily disengaging from a difficult problem helps to rejuvenate and refresh your mind. You may then approach the problem with renewed energy and zest. This will help you keep a positive mind when you encounter difficult challenges or problems.
Here are a few other easy-to-implement tips you can use to tap on the power of positivity every day.
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 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.
Positive affirmations or positive self-talk can do wonders. 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 also helps to reduce stress and relieves the body of tension. Best of all, it's free!
There are many benefits to 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.
Having a strong network of supportive family and friends helps enhance our mental wellbeing. Surround yourself with positive people.
Manage your stress and take steps to experience positive emotions for a better quality of life.
Being curious in our daily lives can help us be more positive.
Curiosity makes us enjoy life more and contributes to better mental health.
Staying positive is not always easy, especially when you are in a negative situation. Remember that being positive is within our capabilities. We have the power to stay positive despite negative influences in our lives.
See how you could correct inaccurate thought patterns and make an effort to think positively. Perhaps we are externalising i.e. blaming others for how we feel. Or we could be over-generalising.
Being content with life and what you have has many advantages. Start and keep a
gratitude journal. Regularly write down all the little things you’re grateful for. Expressing gratitude will help you see the positive side of life.
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 these simple words can bring.
Remember the positive feelings and positive images associated with your strengths and successes. Recall positive experiences when you are faced with negative situations.
Listen to inspirational music or watch a movie that makes you feel optimistic. Research shows that our brain's pleasure centres light up when we hear music.
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