With so much negativity going on in the world it is easy to go to a place where negative thoughts control your mind. Negative thoughts are far worse than they actually seem.
A recent article written by James Clear of the Huffington Post states: “Research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude. Positive thoughts can actually create real value in your life and help you build skills that last much longer than a smile.”
There are so many benefits to positive thinking:
- Keeps your heart healthy
- Lowers stress levels
- It’s good for relationships
- Helps you age gracefully
- Helps you take care of yourself
- Lowers blood pressure
- Increases pain tolerance
- And those are just a few
When you find yourself having negative thoughts there are many things you can do to turn that around:
- Think optimistically
- Take control of your brain
- Write a list of everything, no matter how big or small, that you are thankful for
- Live in the present, not the future or the past
- Keep the words won’t and can’t out of your vocabulary
- Treat each day as a new day
- Accept change
When I find that negative thoughts are taking over my mind I like to list out the things that I am grateful for. I find that it helps me put things into perspective and reminds me of what is really important. If you are someone who consistently has negative thoughts you could try writing what you are grateful for each morning before you start the day. This is truly a great way to start your day.
I know that it seems tough to stay positive when life gets you down, especially when things keep adding up, but it is important to remember that you get one life, one chance to have an amazing, incredible life. Why would you want to spend your days in a negative mindset? Why would you let the negative thoughts occupy the space in your mind, space that can hold dreams, happy thoughts, and so many other wonderful things? What changes will you make to change your mindset? How will you remain positive each and every day? How will you be the best you that you can be?
Clear, James. The Science of Positive Thinking. September 8th, 2013. Retrieved on: March 23, 2015. Retrieved from:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-clear/positive-thinking_b_3512202.html