Positive thinking has such a beneficial impact on your confidence and health. Research consistently shows that positive thinking increases your life span and lowers your stress. It even makes you more resistance to certain diseases. We all know about these benefits, so why is it so hard for us to think positively?
It’s quite simple. Negative events pose a much higher threat. Our brains give much more attention to picking up negative thoughts because something might hurt is. We could be in danger! In other words, when the brain alerts you with messages such as “watch out!”, or “be careful!”, it’s doing you a favor. Your response to these 911 messages could save your life or spare you embarrassment.
Our negative way of thinking is built into our awareness as a safety feature.
That is the first realization you should make when you want to become a positive thinker. Instead of working for us, our grim thinking sometimes works against us. In the worst case it turns us into chronic negative thinkers.
The good news is that you CAN turn negative thoughts into positive ones, but it’s something you have to learn. It’s quite easy but will take some time and practice just like building any other habit.
Are you ready to start building a habit of positive thinking? Great! Here’s what you do:
Occasionally check in on yourself to evaluate what you’re thinking. If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, try to put a positive twist on them. OK, John just walked out of the break room with the last cup of coffee, leaving you staring at an empty pot. But you get a chance to make a fresh pot instead of having to drink the burnt leftovers made hours ago! See how easy that was?
My next advice is to give yourself permission to laugh. You have to be open to humor and see the funny side of everyday happenings. Try this in difficult times too; When you can laugh at life you will be much more resistant to stress.
Make sure you have a healthy routine. If you find this particularly hard, start with ordering the fruit cup instead of the French fries to go with your sandwich. Make sure to give yourself a little pat on the back. Tomorrow, remember how nice and proud you felt when you resisted your urge. Do it all over again. Next, you can start thinking about exercise. Your eating and exercising habits contribute greatly to your ability to think positively.
Since we’re giving ourselves pats on the back, my final advice is to practice positive self-talk. Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to somebody else. Simple isn’t it? If you find you have negative thoughts about yourself, responding with confirmations of what is good about you.
In no-time you’ll convert to a positive thinker!