10 Super Useful Tips On How To Start Thinking More Positively
They say that a positive mental attitude can turn your life around, opening up the possibility for success and happiness. In this article, Beauty and Tips offers 10 super useful tips on how to start thinking more positively.
Sometimes, people who say they practice positive thinking can sound a bit wishy-washy – especially when they claim that positive thinking has turned their life around.
However, positive thinking has been credited by successful people from all around the world as having kickstarted their lives. Without positivity in our lives, it would be so hard to live the life of our dreams.
Just think about it. Whereas a negative mindset keeps you focused on the problems, a positive mindset shifts the focus to the solutions. You start to see opportunities and possibilities. All of a sudden, you take risks. Can you land a date with the man of your dreams? Heck, yeah! Why not?
A positive mindset instills us with a can-do attitude. We’ll still face the same obstacles as everyone else. But we’ll be sure that these obstacles can be overcome.
Let’s take a look at 10 super useful tips on how to start thinking more positively.
Think Of Dr Seuss
Children’s author Dr Seuss once said something amazing. He said: “Don’t cry that it’s over. Smile that it happened.”
We love this quote! Many of us get so hung up on the fact that something has come to an end that we forget to appreciate that it happened in the first place.
Are you guilty of this? If so, remind yourself of the wonderful opportunity life gave you in the first place. Soak up the fact that you got to experience something amazing. Take the positives!
You’ll be amazed by how much just doing something can positively affect your mood. Think about it for a moment. How do you feel after a lazy day in which you literally did nothing? Not so great, huh?
And how do you feel after days where you’ve taken the bull by its horns, aced it and been productive? Pretty satisfied, right?
Remember That You Can React However You Want
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life doesn’t go the way you want it to … make it go the other way!
You’re in control of your reactions. Just because life isn’t so great right now, it doesn’t mean you have to give up, curl up and be negative. You can choose to react more productively.
Repeat Positive Affirmations
A positive affirmation is something we repeat to ourselves a few times each day until it starts to change our lives. For example, if you say to yourself “I will not be a pushover,” each morning, you could eventually become a person who stands up for yourself. It might sound like a lot of phooey. But our brains have a remarkable way of absorbing what we say to it, and acted on it.
If you’re inclined to be negative all the time, your brain will believe that’s who you are. The key to changing the way your brain reacts, responds and behaves is by doing a few things that convinces it otherwise – including repeating positive affirmations to yourself.
Wake up with a few positive statements.
“Today will be awesome.”
“I am a winner.”
It’s hard to be positive about the future when our future is clouded. In that case, why not set yourself some goals? Give yourself something to work towards.
Goals create motivation. They make us feel positive because our life has a direction. It’s moving forward towards something that will make us feel happy.
Listen To Upbeat Music
Maybe you The Smiths. Perhaps Joy Division are your favourite band.
Or maybe you’re a full-on doom metal freak.
It’s fine. People can listen to whatever they want.
But the type of music you listen to regularly can really affect your mood.
Try listening to upbeat music in the morning. Start your day with a dance to to feel good song with happy, optimistic lyrics. Make playlist of the songs that remind you of better days.
Hang Out With Positive People
Take a look at your friends. Are they generally optimistic or pessimistic people?
If they’re the latter, there’s nothing wrong with trading them in for people with a positive outlook.
This is YOUR life. Don’t let others’ negative attitude bring you down.
Always Look For The Positives
It can be hard to look for the positives when you don’t believe they are there. But if you don’t believe they are there, your mindset is already handicapping you.
There are positives to be taken from nearly every situation. It’s just that, up until now, you’ve possibly always focused on the negatives.
Think of an event in your life that has caused you a lot of heartache or stress recently. Maybe it was a breakup, or perhaps you lost your job.
Naturally, these are not nice things to happen to anyone. But there is always a positive to take from them.
For example, if someone broke up with you, think about what you can learn from the experience. What has the relationship taught you? Are there lessons you can learn from it?
If you lost your job, be happy that you now have some time to pursue a new career. Use your downtime wisely to gain some new skills, and seek a fresh start.
A lot of the time, so-called negative events turn out to be life-changing events that inspire positive change.
It’s hard to imagine anyone who sits down and realises how lucky they are to have even been born in the first place could be negative.
You’re alive with your health, friends and a future ahead of you. Be grateful for everything you have, and remember to appreciate all the moments you experience. Life is an amazing thing.
Be Kind To Others
Lastly, be kind to other people all the time. It’ll make them smile. It’ll make them happy. And that joyousness will transfer itself back onto you.
Smile and the world will smile with you!