Positive thinking is a mental and emotional balance which focuses on positive outcomes, and in order to engage in this type of thinking, human beings need to be capable of anticipating all of happiness, health, and success. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that optimism does not entail ignoring negativity; rather, it entails acknowledging the negative but opting to focus on the positive. To put it another way, positivity stems from faith—so please read the list below to ensure that you’re being faithfully positive.
#1: Connect with nature.
Doing so decreases stress levels, improves memory, and generates a sense of rejuvenation.
#2: Be kind.
This takes the focus off yourself and your problems and allows you to realize how many issues everyone else has to deal with as well. Helping others will enhance your happiness, and so will realizing that no matter how bad you have it—countless other people always have it far worse.
#3: Be gracious.
Appreciating the positivity around you will raise your spirits and boost your mental capabilities.
#4: Take mental rests.
Especially when you’re feeling mentally drained or overwhelmed, mental breaks are essential to recharging your positive and productive perspectives.
#5: Laugh whenever possible (and appropriate).
Laughter actually strengthens the human immune system, boosts mood, decreases pain, and guards against stress. If necessary, watch a comedy movie or a good comedic roast.
#6: Associate with other positive human beings.
Studies have proven that stress is contagious, and also that negativity and positivity are as well. With this in mind, associating with positive individuals will be exponentially more productive and beneficial.
#7: Detect silver lining.
In other words, always have your optimism radar on, and always realize any positive aspects to negative experiences or circumstances. There won’t always be genuine silver lining, but it will be there more frequently than you’d imagine (especially if you normally don’t look for it).
#8: Take deep breaths.
It sounds like a cliché, but taking deep breaths is effective at calming human beings and enabling them to focus (even if it has been said a million times). Breathing exercises remove toxic air from the body and refill it with fresh air; this clears your mind and provides you with enhanced cognition.
#9: Release negativity.
Accept that something negative has happened, decide the most positive and productive reaction to make, and then release the negativity and move forward. If you don’t, you’ll only end up repressing negativity and having it burst out more powerfully later on.
#10: Talk to yourself—in a positive fashion.
Tell yourself that things will work out or turnaround, and actually articulate the words out loud. Doing so will reinforce and strengthen the message, and you will be more likely to succeed.
#11: Talk to good friends.
This helps you to hear your problems (literally and metaphorically), and it also provides you with added perspective. Basically, it’s pro-bono therapy.
#12: Go for walks.
Scientists have proven that walks lift the spirits of human beings. What’s more, going for walks calms you because your nerve cells spark in your brain, which causes your senses to relax.
#13: Stay fit.
Working out physically definitely puts you in superior mental shape as well. Studies on anxiety, depression, and exercise reveal that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise decrease anxiety and also enhance mood. More specifically, “feel good” brain chemicals (neurotransmitters, endorphins, and endocannabinoids) ease the feelings of negativity and relax you.
#14: Sleep well.
Research has demonstrated that partial sleep deprivation has a significant impact on mental health, and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have proven that people who sleep less than 5 hours per night for a week are more stressed, angry, sad, and exhausted.
#15: Keep a journal.
This will help you to deal with your negative emotions, and to eventually release them. Moreover, journaling can aid in revealing the cause of your problems and help you to avoid repeating them.
#16: Take sick days.
Even if you’re not physically sick.
#17: Indulge from time to time.
Even if the indulgence isn’t healthy. As long as it won’t endanger your life significantly, indulging will help recharge you mentally.
#18: Always be present.
If you’re constantly thinking about the past or the future, you will be unable to focus on the present—and your results in the present are likely to suffer. Thinking positively and productively about what is happening around you and to you will also result in superior results in the future, to boot.
#19: Be spiritual.
If you neglect your spirituality, it may not matter if you eat healthy, workout regularly, and get enough sleep every night; your mind and body cannot function properly if your soul is sick or deprived. If you’re not spiritual already, try meditation, prayer, reading spiritual info, or going to spiritual gatherings.
#20: Celebrate every victory.
This will almost immediately boost positivity and vanquish negativity. You may not want to literally throw a party for every single accomplishment, but at least acknowledge it to yourself, pat yourself on the back, and smile about it.
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