Do you want to rid yourself of negative thinking, and make it so virtually any circumstance is not only surmountable, but appreciated?
If so, I've got a few tools that can help you make a shift towards optimism in everything you do and experience.
According to the Mayo Clinic, health benefits of positive thinking are plentiful, and include:
- Longer life span
- Less depression and overall distress
- Greater immunity
- Better cardiovascular health
- Better stress coping skills
The theory is that a positive outlook helps a person to cope better, which reduces stress, and also the harmful effects stress has on one's body.
Think about where you may have negativity in your own life: whether in relationships, at work, when times get tough (understandable), or elsewhere. Now, consider how much easier your day to day would be if that negativity was replaced with positivity.
Here's how to get started.
Be Kind to Yourself: Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't think was a kind thing to say to someone else. Instead, have compassion with yourself, celebrate your strengths... and go easy on yourself for your weaknesses.
Be Grateful: Instead of focusing on the bad things in your life or what you don't have, focus on what you DO have. I bet you'll find you have plenty in your own life that you should celebrate.Focusing on good things helps you to see the bad things in a better light; you'll be able to better see the balance of positive and negative, and it will lighten your overall worry load.Look Ahead: Instead of focusing on the past, and what "should have been", think about the future and what "could be possible". You can't do anything about the past, but you have a lot of opportunities ahead if you make wise choices in the future.