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WHAT IS POSITIVE THINKING AND HOW IT CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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What Is Positive Thinking And How It Can Change Your Life


This question remains an age-old method of understanding if you have a positive outlook towards life. Your attitude towards life, yourself, and your surroundings decide whether you have an optimistic or pessimistic approach. As depression and anxiety rises to their peak, negative thinking has become a critical problem that is not only affecting the mental but also the physical health of many. By thinking positively one can deal with stress in a more effective manner, which further prevents you from feelings of despair and anxiety. How exactly can one achieve positive thinking? Well to answer this question we need to understand what is positive thinking. It is not a mantra such as “I am a positive person” that needs to be repeated every day. It also doesn’t mean that you stop yourself from observing unpleasant situations by not reading the news or staying secluded from any negative people. In fact, it is the very opposite. It is how you react to such incidents which are not very positive. It means you face unpleasantness in a more positive manner. You expect the best and be prepared to face the worse, too. It means acknowledging the situation with logic and reasoning and clearing any misconceptions that come from a lack of information. For example, if you are not doing well in your job, instead of giving up you could see what exactly you need to focus on and learn to improve what you do. Let’s take a look at how your life can change when you embrace a more positive outlook towards life and all that it brings with it.


You Spread Happiness 

If you are remembered as a person who spreads happiness and joy wherever you go or in whichever situation you are in, then you probably are leading a good life! A positive attitude is contagious. The famous quote once said by John F Kennedy states that “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try”. Your positivity can help people around you to cheer up. It will motivate them to think and act more positively. A negative attitude on the other hand can make your company be a toxic one. Isn’t it better to leave a good mark on someone rather than a bad one?



You Are Open To More Opportunities 

Sometimes a good opportunity comes to you by chance and if you are in a negative mood and reject it, chances are the same chance might not come again. True that something new brings along with itself its own challenges and you may be scared of the risks that it could bring. However, with a positive attitude, you will be able to overcome any hurdle. Famous motivational speaker Gary Vaynerchuk states "Positivity always wins… Always”. With the correct mindset, you will be more eager and willing to take chances on things as you have more confidence and faith in yourself. Facing your fears and overcoming is one of the key strategies followed by many successful people. 


You Are Energetic 

Nothing takes up more energy than constant worrying and fretting about everything in life. This could end up with you being tired most of the time and have little to no energy to do something worthwhile. Negative thinking leaves you with no motivation or will to do anything. At the same time, a more positive approach will get you ready and about to face the day with your best foot forward. This not only provides a great boost for your mental health but is also a sure sign towards a healthier physical life.


Gary Vaynerchuk
Gary Vaynerchuk


You Are More Prepared When Life Gives You Lemons 

You have probably heard the famous phrase by Hubbard that goes, “When life gives you lemons”. Life is not always going to be as you predict or expect it to be. Sometimes some really unpleasant things will come our way. How we deal with it, makes or breaks us. True that some situations can cause a lot of grief and it will take time for you to recover, but if you have a positive outlook towards life, then you move forward more easily. You will be able to cope with a tragedy with a more clear and logical mind. 


How To Start Your Journey Towards Positive Thinking 

The above-mentioned are only a few of the many benefits you can reap from a positive mindset. If you are looking at how you can start your journey towards a more positive approach to life, then read below for the very basic steps you can take to begin with.



Be Grateful 

If you have a healthy and functional body it is enough for you to start with being thankful for. Starting right from being able to wake up each morning and having coffee to going back to your comfortable bed at night to sleep in, there will be a galore of things you can be thankful for. Maybe not all of them will be exactly of premium quality, but with your physical and mental ability, you can definitely work towards achieving your dreams. Make it a habit of writing down every day at least ten things that you are grateful for. In a short time, you will realise there are so many things that you have in your life, and there is really no reason to be in despair. 


Improve Yourself Consistently 

A famous book by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan called ‘The One Thing’ provides a beautiful solution to improving yourself. It states how you can simplify your life by concentrating on improving one thing at a time rather than stressing over it again and again. For example, if your health is poor, you could start by concentrating on how you could regain your health by improving one aspect of your life which could be cutting down unhealthy food or making time to do a fitness activity every day. Self-improvement brings in more confidence and faith in yourself. 


Just by adding these two steps along with a healthy diet, you will give enough fuel for your mind to work towards a more positive approach. Remember, the journey to anything worthwhile starts with small steps that are consistent.


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