There’s a lot said about being positive and how it can change your life for the better. Empirical evidence now exists that positive thinking has the effect of improving people’s mental health and quality of life. But often its something that we just say without thinking about what it actually means. It’s one thing to talk about positive thinking and actually taking steps to make yourself a more positive person. If you’re in a negative mindset, it can be difficult to just snap yourself out of it. Yet with the right methods and skills you can do just this and essentially change your attitude.
Let’s take a look at some of the strategies and ways that you can become a naturally positive-minded person.
Take note of negative thinking patterns
We all get down on ourselves or from certain situations from time to time, but its important to recognise when you have a negative mindset about something and try to actively focus on the positive. Often when we are negative, we think in absolutes (i.e. this never works, I can never do this), when in fact, above all else this is an irrational way of looking at a problem or situation. When you notice you are thinking like this, try to train your brain to change its focus.
Surround yourself with positive people
The people around us inevitably have an influence on how we feel day to day. If you’re constantly putting up with negative people and complainers, you’re likely to pick up on that energy and adopt the same kind of outlook. Try to spend time with positive people and you’ll notice how this effects you.
Establish life goals
Setting short-term and long-term goals is a proven method of helping people to become driven and motivated, two hallmarks of a happy and positive person. It also allows you to gauge your life progress and be more decisive when you come to a fork in the road.
Make time for physical exercise
As well as working out your body, physical exercise also effects the mind. Whether its jogging, going to the gym or yoga, exercise has a calming effect and releases endorphins that put us in a good mood and reduce stress. We’d highly recommend meditation as it is a proven method of strengthening the connection between the mind, body and soul. People that reach health and fitness goals may also feel a sense of accomplishment, as mentioned in the previous point.
Negative thinking often leads us to think of ourselves as a victim, to look at things that have happened and blame others. It can also express itself in thinking about how things could be and what we could have. In contrast, focusing on what we do have and being thankful for it can quell negativity. It is important to accept bad decisions as mistakes that we have learnt from.