Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude with a focus on optimistic and positive thoughts. People who embrace positive thinking always look at the bright side of life and consistently anticipate happiness, health and success. These are the people that believe they can overcome any obstacle and difficulties they might face.
Positive thinking is not something everyone practices. They may even consider it nonsense, and scoff at people who believe in it. But those who make a positive mindset part of their being, definitely believe in its effectiveness.
Who brought this concept into the public awareness? Norman Vincent Peale. Norman was an American minister and author, famous for his book, ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’, published in 1952. This book remains popular and provides practical instructions resigned to help the reader achieve an optimistic worldview. His techniques involved affirmations and visualizations.
Positive thinking is a way of life. It means more pleasant feelings, brightness to the eyes, more energy to accomplish your dreams, and oftentimes success. It affects our physical, emotional and mental health in beneficial ways.
Plus, positive (and negative thinking) are contagious. We affect and are affected by everyone we meet, in one way or another. This happens instinctively, on a subconscious level. Our thoughts, words, and actions all play a role. Why do you think we seek out positive people and avoid negative ones? Negativity is like poison. It drains life.
So how do you start your day with positivity? Hopefully with a positive outlook. This kind of mental attitude can bring favorable things and events into our life. A positive mental attitude affects many aspects of life in a favorable way. It affects career and success, health and state of mind, and everything else in your life.
It has a good effect on your emotional health, by making you more confident in your daily activities and choices, and therefore, less worried and anxious. Less stress and anxiety means better health. Optimism can make you more friendly and will improve your relationships with others.
Of course, obtaining the above mentioned results requires some training of the mind and changing its focus from negativity to positivity. There are various techniques that can help you make this shift.
How do you live positively?
Well some inner work is required, since attitude and thoughts do not change overnight. But here are some ideas to make the change effectively:
- Read books and articles about positive thinking and try the activities you find.
- Use your imagination to visualize the best outcomes.
- Train yourself by using positive words in your inner dialogues.
- Find a reason to smile.
- Work to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Persistence is key.
- It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are at the present moment, find what there is to be grateful for in the moment.
- Try repeating positive affirmations.
Here are some of the positive words you can use in your thoughts and words: Happy, Successful, Satisfied, Joy, Encouragement, Motivated, Agreeable, Attractive, Beautiful, Charming, Kind, Patient, Accomplish, Creative, Harmony, Inspirational, Constructive, Helpful.
And here are a few positive affirmations to embrace: I feel good. My life is constantly improving. I can do it. I am capable. It is positive. Everything will work out. Good things will happen. I’m always improving. I will accomplish my goals.