Positive thinking seems to be the answer to everything from increasing your life span to improving your emotional regulation. The benefits are manifold. And it has been proven to be an important tool to implement for a better quality of life.
So, here are a few ways to implement it:
Gratitude is a simple but effective way to promote positive thinking. To put it simply, it’s the practice of counting your blessings. It helps remind you of all the good things in your life and on a really bad, hopeless day, it can give you some semblance of warmth. A good way to practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal.
Essentially, you spend a couple of minutes every day in the morning or evening recounting moments you’re grateful for. This creates a concrete list of pleasant things that you can look back on and remember with happiness. Not to mention it helps you focus on the positive on even the worst days. If the gratitude journal doesn’t work well for you, the internet is filled with tons of gratitude exercises for you to partake in.
Be Present when positive things are happening
A huge aspect of positive thinking involves paying attention when positive things are happening. We can get so caught up in the negative that we forget the positive. Practicing gratitude involves refreshing your memory of the positive. But it’s also important to pay attention to the good as it is happening.
Very often we can allow negative thought patterns and feelings to overshadow all the good happening in a present moment. But, it’s important to pay attention to the positive. Because, chances are if you’re present in a good moment, you’re going to be happy. If you’re caught up in your head, chances are you’re going to be sad.
Have fun and be open to humour
In the same vein, it’s difficult to be positive if you take everything seriously. Sometimes it’s better to let loose. Especially if things are overwhelming and hard. If you’re open to humor say, in the middle of an argument, you’ll probably end up finding a solution quicker. Laughing about something facilitates bonding.
Having something to look forward to in the morning is vital. Half the job with positive thinking is having things you feel positive about. It’s really difficult to be positive when you don’t have something you enjoy.
Taking up art or sport or watching a movie every week can make such a huge difference to your happiness.
Spend time with positive people
Positive people tend to bring out positivity in others. So, it’s always a good idea to surround yourself with them. They’ll help you grow out of your negative patterns and embrace life. You’ll find that on a bad day, you probably gravitate towards a friend or family member that’ll make you feel better and you stay far away from people that make you feel horrible.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s always better to spend more time with people that make you feel good and to try your best to emulate those people.
Get involved in a community
If you find it difficult to meet people that spark positivity in you, it’s always a good idea to join a community. It can be a book club or an art class or even an exercise group but having people that enjoy the same things you enjoy can be extremely fulfilling. In fact, the act of spending time with people that you relate to can help nurture a sense of belonging and enhance and increase your positive interactions for the day or week.
Similar to having hobbies, having clear goals can help you streamline and focus. the world can be very overwhelming, and having many goals can help you cut through the rubbish.
It also helps give you something to look forward to, a future that you might want for yourself.
Rest and exercise
How much ever you practice gratitude and positivity, none of it will be of any use if you don’t care about your body. Having a good sleep schedule and exercise regiment is important not only for your body but also for your mind.
It helps regulate your emotions and ensures that your mood stays stable. Sometimes messing with your body can be a surefire way to mess with your head. You might have noticed – the most negative thought patterns occur when you’re tired or hungry.
Consume light-hearted content
The world can be overwhelming. Especially in the digital age with the constant need to be aware of current events. It can be difficult to be positive.
A good tactic to alleviate that is to consume something light-hearted and fun like a comedy movie. Or maybe reading a short book.
Get rid of negative self-talk
Finally, the last but probably the most important point is to get rid of all the voices in your head that make you feel bad. Of course, it not as simple as it sounds. But if you use some of the tips from above, you may find that it’s not as hard as it sounds either.