Be Positive: It’s All That Simple

I always hear people talk about the benefits of positive thinking. What exactly is positive thinking and how can it be used to improve health and wellness?

Quite often, the way we feel about a situation comes from our perception of it. Often that perception is right, but sometimes it isn’t. For instance, sometimes we’re unreasonably harsh with ourselves, or we can jump to wrong conclusion about people’s motives. This can cause problems and make us unhappy, and it can lead us to be unfair to others.

Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty, although this philosophy is not accepted by everyone. Some consider it to be gibberish and scoff at people who follow it, but there are a growing number of people, who accept positive thinking as a fact, and believe in its effectiveness.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You contemplate the best to happen, not the worst.

When we know what we want, yet something less than ideal continues to show up our way over and over again, we have to ask ourselves, “What is it that we are negatively creating?” This can feel frustrating sometimes because it isn’t easy to take responsibility for what’s showing up. Sometimes the first step is to just shift your perception so you can create something better moving forward.

Keep it simple and agree with your higher self to shift immediately. No “ifs”, “ands”, or “buts”—just do it. Otherwise, you will find yourself justifying your pity party. Remind yourself what you want your life to feel like, and remind yourself that you have a choice. The quicker you jump into a different conversation with yourself, the sooner you will begin to experience peace and joy. It’s really that simple if you try it out.

A major problem with negative thoughts is that they tend to flit into our consciousness, do their damage and flit back out again, with their significance having barely been noticed. Since we do not challenge them, they can be completely incorrect and wrong. However, this does not diminish their harmful effect.

To deal with negative thinking, challenge your negative thoughts. Don’t make the mistake of generalising a single incident. When you challenge negative thoughts rationally, you should be able to see quickly whether your thoughts are wrong, or whether they have some substance to them. Where there is some substance, take appropriate action. In these cases, negative thinking has given you an early warning of action that you need to take.

You can then use positive thinking to create positive affirmations that you can use to counter negative thoughts. These affirmations neutralize negative thoughts and build your self-confidence. You can also use positive thinking to find the opportunities that are almost always present, to some degree, in a difficult situation.

Ratanpriya Sharma


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