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10 Tips for Positive Thinking


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Posted On: Oct 16, 2014

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What exactly is positive thinking? If you’re feeling less than positive, having someone tell you that you need to have more positive thoughts might be irritating at best. As if it is as simple as changing the way you think! But the truth is that your thought process has a lot to do with your actions, as well as your life as a whole. So while it might seem that changing your outlook is incredibly difficult, it might be possible to affect your thoughts by performing specific actions that help you look at things in a new light. Here are 10 tips on how to become a more positive thinker.

  1. Be grateful. Don’t simply try to be grateful, make a list of things for which you’re grateful. If you can think of big things like your health or having close friends, that’s great. But your list doesn’t have to include all of the big ones. If you’re grateful for that grilled cheese sandwich you had for lunch–that works, too.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people. A positive attitude is contagious, and so are negative ones.Spend more time with people who see the silver lining in the cloud and walk away from those who focus on negativity all of the time.
  3. Sing in the shower. Or the car, or in public if you have a great voice. Don’t feel guilty about singing sad songs if they make you feel better in the end.
  4. Help someone else. Whether you donate your time to a charity, mentor someone in your field, or just be polite to strangers, helping others will encourage a sense of self-worth.
  5. Take control of what you can. While some things are beyond your control, recognize what you do have some control over in your life, make a list of ways to take action, and tackle each item.
  6. Don’t dwell on the past.There’s no going back to change the past. Laugh at the mistakes you can laugh at, and think of ways to change so that your mistakes aren’t repeated.
  7. Meditate.You don’t need to be a particularly spiritual person to take advantage of the benefits of meditation. You can even find guided meditations for beginners on podcasts if you don’t know where to get started.
  8. Laugh.It may sound ridiculous, but forcing yourself to laugh actually changes your mood. Put on your favorite comedy if you need some help getting started. 
  9. Don’t judge yourself by other people’s standards. If you have a plan for moving forward, other people’s ideas of where you should be now are not important.
  10. Reword your negative thoughts into positive thoughts.Write down your worries. Then rewrite them with a positive attitude. “I don’t know how I am ever going to get over this” can become “Someday I’ll be proud of myself for overcoming this challenge.” And if you keep writing it, eventually you’ll know that it’s true.