Positive thinking is a mind-set that everyone knows is beneficial, but few make the time and effort to embrace it and integrate this module in their matrix.
Optimism may be a genetic trait of character. It may be a trait that has been instilled by parents during upbringing. But optimism – or positive thinking regardless of the circumstances – can be a learned skill too. One can train to think positive and to wear those pink glasses, that are scientifically proven to be good for you.
What is positive thinking?
Positive thinking is a method of acquired or inherited positive perception of reality, despite the circumstances.
So it is important not to confuse positive thinking with a good mood or a feeling of happiness due to a good streak in one life. In the case of good mood, a person experiences a short-lived upswing in spirits, that are usually conditioned by either a physical stimulus (for example after eating delicious ice-cream of exercising – both activities release chemicals of happiness into the brain); or in anticipation of some positive event in life and consecutive release of those happy hormones.
The feeling of happiness is another state of mind, that is conditioned by either absolute balance of all life events or significant achievement, like a wedding or landing a dream job, or going for an exotic vacation.Neither of those is positive thinking. Positive thinking is seeing the good in whatever circumstances. Positive thinking is choosing to find positive even in not-so-optimal events. It is about staying put and focused on the best ways out and a better future in the worst of nightmares.
Positive thinking is a choice to be happy. And here is how we can all benefit from training ourselves to think positive.
Benefits of positive thinking
A body of scientific research proves, that having a positive mindset has plenty of advantages for mental and physical health, social status, career achievements, and even longevity!
Decades of research on positive psychology have proven that people who consciously practice coping mechanisms and methods to improve their levels of positivity, experience better mental health overall, but specifically are more resilient to stress and anxiety. The Penn Resilience Program is as good, that its teachings are now used in army training. They are utilized to mitigate the damaging effects of potential PTSD – as a preventive measure.
Another study, known as the Nun study, was held by scholars from the University of Kentucky. It is based on the analysis of the diaries of 180 nuns, that were written at the mean age of 22. These autobiographies were composed of those nuns in the 1930s just before they were supposed to take the final vows. Later on in the 1990s, the nuns were requested to join the Nun study and all agreed for their life sketches to be scrutinized by scholars.
The results of the experiment were so remarkable specifically due to the possibility to eliminate the factors that are usually considered as impactful by scholars when researching the longevity. As most of the nuns had very similar social standing, shared reproductive and marital status, were exposed to similar levels of access to medical care, consumed little to none alcohol and cigarettes.
The study found a direct correlation between how positive attitude towards life was expressed in those essays back in the 1930s to how long the nuns got to live eventually! With the ladies living longest scoring high on positive words and sentences used in their autobiographies!
Print screen: https://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/releases/psp805804.pdf
Positive thinking concept in the Law of Attraction concept
Law of attraction teaching has garnered a massive following even despite sometimes harsh criticism towards some extent of naiveté rendered in the movie The Secret. Such criticism is mostly about claims, that positive thinking alone is capable of curing rather serious health conditions.
But even though the concept contains such bold claims, which would need more scientific proof to be properly substantiated, the Law of Attraction theory is based on the principle of the power of positive thought, whose benefits are sustained by scientific research.
Both the book The Secret and the movie highlight, that thinking is the process, that is rather physical and has its vibrations. Those vibrations can be positive or negative. The positive vibrations attract into the life of thinker things, people and events that are positive. And vice versa, negative thoughts attract and create negative events in life.
Oprah Winfrey, the US TV host, is an expounder of the book and the empowering idea behind it. The main concept of the LOA teaches, that however tough life may be at the moment, people can always benefit from positive thinking and belief into their resources and potential.
The theory allows its readers to explore the values of such self-help techniques as visualization, goal-setting, mediation, gratefulness. It also studies other positive psychology methods available at no cost or with only symbolic investments.
Positive thinking techniques: Easy. Free. Life-changing.
By now we have ascertained, that positive thinking has beneficial effects for mental and physical health. It can also boost the motivational levels to get a person from point A to point B faster and more efficient in career, business, and personal life.
But what are the specific methods and techniques of training positive thinking as a state of mental mode? Read on our top tried and tested mechanisms on how to become an addict of positive thinking and make those pink glasses work for you.
Gratefulness is one of the most fulfilling self-help exercises, whose positive impact stays active weeks after a person has written a thank you letter or made a visit of appreciation. Start and finish your day with one or two things, that you are grateful for right now. It can be as small as that extra fluffy froth on your daily cappuccino or as big as a declaration of gratitude to the Universe and Family for the support on getting that coveted promotion.
Kick your day off with morning positive affirmations.
Ovid, a Roman poet, who was born as far back as 43 BC knew the power of positive thinking, proclaimed in the morning, he said:
First thing in the morning before you arise say out loud “I believe” three times.”
Two thousand years later, the power of positive daily affirmations is still as true as ever. But now you have some pretty good daily affirmation apps for inspiration too.
Just as advised by Ovid, believe, that your day is going to turn out nothing short of great. Believe that you are going to live through the best day of your life yet. Believe that good things come to those who believe they will come. Believe in the God you choose to believe in. Believe in yourself.
Reprogram negative thoughts into positive.
Nagging about all the unfairness in the world and how nasty people around are is the easiest path for your brain. People evolved due to negative thoughts. We survived as we were on the alert of the dangers around. This is natural to see the darker side in every event or to suspect danger each step of the way.
Despite it was necessary for our predecessors to stay skeptical and in the mode of constant anticipation of danger, now the world has evolved beyond the survival of the fittest. It is time to reprogram your brains and get them addicted to those positive thoughts.
Start with just 10 minutes a day, when you keep control of your thoughts and will keep them back to the positive side if they stray away. Make sure it’s a routine programmed activity, like during the routine 15 minutes, when you walk your dog or drive to the supermarket. Set this time aside and make it a habit.
In the best-case scenario, the mindful state will become second nature and you will notice yourself being inclined to think positive outside of those scheduled 10-15 minutes every day.
Learn to appreciate the good stuff.
Small or big. Or mid-sized. No taking stuff for granted. Don’t you just love those fluffy panda-shaped slippers waiting for your rested feet in the morning? Oh, it’s raining again – plenty of fresh lettuce for your salads! Little ones got cold and have to stay in? – It’s been ages since you had time for the 2 of you! Your partner is wearing your favorite perfume tonight – the universe conspired to keep you happy today! Your favorite barista is on shift – this is the way to start your day – with the best latte in da hood.
This practice combines a few techniques:
gratitude – be grateful for everything you have access to – however insignificant or regular it may seem.
optimism – there is a silver lining to every cloud – the bad will jump onto you, make the effort to see the good in events, that are no optimal.
mental reprogramming – while noticing the small things that fill your life and interpreting them with a positive twist – you train your mind to see the positive to ultimately have it as the default setting of your mentality.
Collect good-humored people in your personal and work life.
I mean, it may sound somewhat undemocratic, but we don’t mean you to filter out people based on the humor of kind heart alone. All people are fun and unique in own ways, true.
But what we mean to say, is that if you take care to strengthen and maintain a relationship with those people, who have a good sense of humor and come across as belonging to the optimistic type, your positive thinking will be reinforced.
The more you spend with this kind of philanthropic people, the more you become infected with this easy-going attitude. It is contagious, true. Chances are, surrounded by friends and colleagues of this type, you will be the one spreading this people-loving attitude soon too.
See failures as learnings.
To achieve your dream one needs lots of persistence. On top of all other ingredients that is, sure.
But, man, you so need that stamina.
Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
— Winston Churchill
This is it – your failure is just another step to your success. Being OK with failure is a sign of healthy self-esteem. It is easier to shrug off a failure when you have already succeeded, true. But it takes even more courage and persistence to not give in to the melancholy of failure with little to boast about behind your shoulders.
Remember Joan Rowling, who was turned down by 12 publishers before the Harry Potter book was finally signed. Remember Einstein, who spent 2 years after graduation looking for a teaching post. Stephen King’s first work Carrie was rejected 30 times before seeing the light. Stephen Spielberg got turned down 3 times by the School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Seeing the lessons in your failures is healthy and courageous.
Integrate visualization into your day.
Everything we see about us is the fruit of somebody’s imagination. At some point in time, a person came up with the idea to put 4 legs to a top and now humanity had a stool to sit on. Everything in this world started with somebody visualizing an idea and then gradually turning it into reality.
Visualization is always the first step of any succession of actions. This is why visualizing a better life is an effective exercise of positive thinking training. When you visualize a thing or a state of things in your future – you instigate lots of processes, inclusive of conceiving ideas on how to achieve this goal.
Visualization techniques help one think you are worth to have the things in your life. This is imagining yourself in an even more comfortable environment. This is picturing a better, even more, positive thoughts about yourself.
Daydreaming is good and it helps build confidence and faith in self. Think positively about your future – and your present will turn into ways of getting there.
Quotes on Positive thinking
To carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
My dear friend, clear your mind of cant.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.
Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it.
Michael J. Fox
Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.
I believe in karma, and I believe if you put out positive vibes to everybody, that’s all you’re going to get back.
I’m taking all the negatives in my life, and turning them into a positive.
It’s a wonderful thing to be optimistic. It keeps you healthy and it keeps you resilient.
Delete the negative; accentuate the positive!
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.
It takes a wise brain to make a conscious decision to rewire itself onto the positive wavelenght. Weave community loves the positive thinking. We swear by its benefits, we reach new height every day due to employing positive thinking in our lives.
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