The power of positive thinking is an ever-present and popular concept. It is something much greater than just being happy and putting on a smile. Positive thinking is about making the best out of situations that might not be ideal, seeing the good in other people, and most importantly, viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light.
Research has shown that there are many benefits to positive thinking. These findings suggest that positive thinkers are healthier, less stressed, and their well-being overall is greater. There are also links to a wide range of other health benefits that include:
- Better psychological health
- Lower rates of depression
- Increased physical well-being
- Better resilience
- Increased immunity
While positive thinking may come naturally for some people, for others it requires a conscious effort. With a little bit of work, negative thoughts can be transformed into positive thoughts and there are so many reasons to start cultivating these today.
Here are some simple things you can practice to foster a positive mindset:
One of the best ways to invite positivity into your life is by practicing gratitude. By focusing on the negatives, we tend to forget about all the positive things. A great way to practice gratitude is by keeping a gratitude journal. Every day list several things that you are grateful for. When you are feeling down, go back to your journal and fill your mind with all the positive things you have written.
Cultivate a Positive Environment
The people you choose to spend your time with and the information you get from TV, the internet, and social media can have a huge effect on your outlook. If you are surrounding yourself with people who are negative and down on life, then you most likely will absorb this mental state. This can also occur with negative sources of information. Consider how you can separate yourself from these and turn your attention towards surrounding yourself with happy, positive, optimistic people.
Just as our thoughts can affect our mental state, so can our actions. Smiling even if you are feeling down in the dumps is a quick way to send your brain a positive message. Smile when you see someone else. Smile at your pet or your plants. Smile for absolutely no reason other than to smile.
Separate Yourself from Negative Thoughts
The most challenging but most effective exercise you can do is to remove the negative thoughts altogether. If you focus on your thought process, you can begin to recognize when negative thoughts occur. When this happens, stop yourself and try to reframe the thought more positively. The more you try, the easier it will become over time to reach that positive state and who knows, one day you might catch yourself thinking positively with no prompting at all!
These simple steps are a great way to help you start turning your negative thoughts into positive thoughts. Sometimes our negative thoughts require a little bit more help to overcome, especially if we also suffer from depression. In these situations, it is important to reach out to a medical professional for help. They can suggest therapy, medication, and/or ketamine treatments to get you on a more positive track.
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