We have already established before that happiness is a choice. You choose to be happy, to work on your life, to seek the good in everything. That is directly linked to training your brain to think positive.
If you are here, reading this right now, it means you have made a choice: A mindful choice to do something to improve your life. What better way than learning how to change your thoughts to be more positive?
A research done by Lisa R. Yanek for Johns Hopkins showed that people who had a more positive outlook on life were less likely to suffer from any cardiovascular disease (even when statistically, they could suffer it at any moment). That’s how important training your brain to think more positive is.
Five ways to start thinking positive.
So now that you are aware of how important thinking positive is, the next big question is, how do you train your brain to actually do this? Well, lucky for you, it can be done with just a small amount of time and dedication.
#1: Visualize a positive outcome.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." - Henry David Thoreau
A study published by The Journal of Behaviour Research and Therapy back in 2016 focused on asking people with severe anxiety problems to think and visualize a positive outcome of a situation they were worried about.
The study showed that people who did the experiment and took the time to think/visualize a positive outcome ended up being more relaxed and having lower anxiety levels than before the experiment.
This shows how visualizing a positive outcome can actually help you. Not only you will feel more at peace, but you will slowly train your mind into focusing on the good rather than the bad.
We, as a company, truly believe in positive thinking. Which is why we designed our collection to encourage you to keep a positive outlook on life.
(If you would like to learn more about visualization you might also want to read "The power of visualization and how to get started today")
#2: Turn your negative thoughts around.
"If you start to think the problem is 'out there,' stop yourself. That thought is the problem." - Stephen Covey
Whenever we are worried about something, our mind starts to think about everything that could possibly go wrong. You need to stop your thoughts right there and the best way to do so is by turning them around.
How about instead of thinking “What if everything goes wrong?” you think “What if everything goes right?” or instead of “I don’t think I can do this” you tell yourself “I will definitely try my best”. Switch from expecting bad outcomes to attracting the good.
Of course, habits are not easy to change, and it will take time, patience and dedication to change your thinking completely. But eventually, you will get there.
Another great way to turn your thoughts around is that every time you encounter a negative thought, you take a deep breath and think of at least 3 things you are grateful for instead. By being grateful you are changing your thinking into a more positive thinking and you are automatically attracting and manifesting more positivity in your life.
#3: Pay attention to your thoughts.
"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.” – Benjamin Disraeli
"There is no stress in the world, only people thinking stressful thoughts and then acting on them." - Wayne Dyer
Our minds never stop working, not even when we sleep. We are constantly thinking, all day, every day, which is why it is so important to stop for a moment and pay attention to our thoughts.
This means taking the time to check if you are having negative thoughts and if so, stopping yourself right there and changing your thoughts into more positive ones. Tell yourself that you’ll be alright, that everything is fine, and that you will try your best for everything to work out the way you want it to.
This trick is really simple and will only take you a couple of minutes a day. The important thing here is for you to take the time to actually identify your thoughts and in case they are not positive, redirect them in order for you to be happier.
#4: Try a few body posture "tricks".
Body posture plays a huge role in how you feel about yourself, whether or not you feel good, you feel happy or not. Which is directly connected to the fact whether or not you think positive at that moment. If we think we feel good, we are already thinking a positive thought, aren't we!?
So there are a few small tricks I like to act upon every once in a while when I feel like I need a positivity booster.
One of those is to make myself feel more confident. Again, if you feel confident of yourself you are thinking positively about yourself. Hence again you are having positive thoughts, consciously as well as subconsciously.
Did you ever try to simply stand in a victory stance (arms over your head)?
It is said, that it puts you in a state of 'win' and producing hormones associated with drive and success. And well, for me it really does the trick.
Try it in the bathroom next time you're going to an interview or important meeting.
See how it makes you feel. Are you feeling stronger? Are you feeling more confident? Are you thinking positively about yourself?
Another "trick" I love is to excessively swing my arms to the front and back when walking. It looks ridiculous, it feels ridiculous. It makes me smile about how childish I am sometimes. And that is a very good thing. It makes me smile, it makes me feel good. Smiling always leads to positive thoughts and that is what we are trying to achieve here right!?
(If you would like to learn some easy tips & tricks on how to gain more confidence, be sure to check out our ebook "Why confidence is important and how to gain more of it")
#5: Change the way you speak.
The way we speak or talk can directly affect our mood and our lives. If you are constantly talking in a negative way, then your thoughts will be negative as well which will automatically lead to a negative outcome.
Try to always speak in a positive, happy way. Be aware of what the words you use really mean and speak as if everything you say could potentially become true (because it can). But keep in mind that the subconscious does not understand words such as no and not (i.e. if you are trying to calm yourself down, don’t tell yourself ”I do not get stressed” tell yourself “ I am stress-free” instead).
Differentiate between what you are and what you feel. That you feel something in one moment, does not always mean that this is really how and who you are. It may reflect your feelings at that moment, but it may not reflect your whole personality. This is especially crucial to understand when you are looking at negative thoughts. Take the phrase “I am sad” as an example. At a closer look, you are actually not a sad person, you are not always sad, you are simply feeling sad at that moment. It is ok to “feel sad”, it is ok to think that you feel sad at that moment, but it is not ok to think “I am sad”, because that way you are telling your subconscious mind that you are a sad person, as in a personality trait, which is not true.
The point I am trying to make is, training your brain into thinking positive may be a long, but totally worthy process. Sure, it will take time and effort, but your life will significantly improve. So go ahead and get started now.
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