Practical stepping stones for becoming a positive thinker

If you’re someone who struggles to find the good in everything, or if you are a pessimist by nature, you might want to start practicing positive thinking. Not only will you attract some good vibes, but a little known fact is that positive thinking actually helps with stress management and can even improve your health!

 Here are our top tips on how to begin your journey: 

 Start the day with positive affirmations.

As soon as you get out of bed, tell yourself that today will be a good day, and think about all the amazing things you are going to do. Let that be your mantra; you’ll be surprised at how much your day can actually improve!

Focus on the present.

Ever heard the quote Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace”? Stay in the present moment, focus on the things that you can do or change, here and now. 

 Focus on  good things (even the little ones) 

Let’s face it, we all have some bad days. The trick is to focus on the benefits, no matter how small or unimportant they may appear. For example, when you get stuck in traffic, put on one of your favourite songs and jam out! You may not get to do so for a while, especially if you have a busy day ahead!

Turn your failures into lessons.

Remember to not be so hard on yourself; we have all failed at something. Instead of dwelling on it, turn it into a lesson — what you can do differently or how you can improve.

Find humor in bad situations.

You know how it’s easy to laugh about something that seemed serious in the moment, once the time has passed? Allow yourself to experience humour, even in tough situations; odds are it will probably make for a good story later!

Turn negative self-talk into positive self-talk.

Ever caught yourself thinking things like ‘i’m so bad at this’ or ‘i should not have tried that’? Negative self-talk can creep up even without us noticing. But it is important that when we do, we turn these to positive thoughts instead, as these internalised feelings can become how you view yourself. Instead, try thinking about how much better you will get with more practice, as an example.  

Hang out with like-minded people.

Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from people who always have something negative to say, or who always brings you down. A simple way to determine who is worth keeping is, after hanging out with someone, ask yourself: do I feel better, or worse? If the answer is consistently worse, you may want to consider eliminating that person from your life. Toxicity can be contagious. Instead, surround yourself with people with similar positive outlook.

These are simple steps that anybody in any situation can apply to their lives to increase their positive attitude. Positive thinking offers compounding returns: the more often you practice it, the greater benefits! 

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