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How You Can Practice Positive Thinking In Everyday Life

POSITIVE FEELINGS OPEN YOU UP TO NEW POSSIBILITIES, HELP YOU NOTICE MORE OPTIONS AND GENERALLY MAKE YOU MORE OPTIMISTIC. Our external circumstances are only a very small factor in how happy we are. How we think is much more important. This is because things and situations are not in and of themselves positive or negative but only made so by how we view them. Applying a positive perspective is a conscious decision and is hugely beneficial in any life situation. You can train yourself to think positively. We are excited to show you how.

Our external circumstances are only a very small factor in how happy we are. How we think is much more important. This is because things and situations are not in and of themselves positive or negative but only made so by how we view them. Applying a positive perspective is a conscious decision and is hugely beneficial in any life situation. You can train yourself to think positively. We are excited to show you how.

How You Can Practice Positive Thinking In Everyday Life

Light and Dark

Leading a good life does not mean being permanently cheerful. Completely avoiding everything negative will not make you happier. You become happier by seeing and acknowledging the negative as part of life. Life is made up of both good and bad times, of light and darkness. It is far more important to maintain a realistic optimism. What we focus on – the positive or the negative – makes all the difference. Well-trained optimists are able to find the positive even in difficult times. This helps us to emerge from crises quickly and as stronger people.

Negative Thoughts Make Us Small

Negative feelings constrict the mind and focus your thoughts: Your entire concentration is entirely on one single negative situation. Of course, in extreme situations this reaction can mean the difference between life and death. In most everyday situations, however, it is more of a hinderance.
When we are stressed, tired, sad or angry, our thinking becomes smaller. We only see problems, difficulties and everything that is going badly in our lives. If we get stuck in this sort of situation, we become unable to see the positive, to imagine what is around the corner or notice other options. So switch to positive mode!

Avoid Forced Positivity

Before you start the exercises: Beware of forced positive thinking. The more we try to think positively at all costs, the more negative thoughts pop up.

The solution?

Recognise the negative thoughts without judging them or putting any pressure on yourself. Eventually, these thoughts will pass. On the other hand, if you judge yourself for your negative thoughts, you create more negative thoughts and end up on a mental merry-go-round. Has this ever happened to you? If so, you can get tips on escaping this trap in this blog post: “How You Can Stop Your Negative Thought Spiral.”

These tips and exercises will bring more positive thoughts into your life:
1. Stop comparing yourself to others

One colleague is more professionally successful than you, another has a better figure and your friends spend every weekend at chic hotels. Why do we only compare ourselves to people who seem to have it better than us? We could certainly also compare ourselves to people who are worse off than us, but we only do so very rarely. Drawing comparisons doesn’t help. Quite the contrary – it makes us unhappy. Free yourself and avoid making comparisons!

2. Distance yourself from whingers

Our mood often depends on the people around us. At work in particular we are confronted with a huge variety of people. Not all of them continuously radiate pure joie de vivre. If you are constantly surrounded by people who are unhappy, who always have something to complain or gripe about, this will have an effect on your mood. Funny and cheerful people have a positive effect on our mood as well. For the sake of your health: Surround yourself with people that do you good.

3. Keep a list of achievements

We all want to be successful in both our professional and personal lives. However, this also creates pressure to achieve, so we create to-do lists to get ahead. We love to make these longer and longer because they give us a feeling of achievement. However, to-do lists only remind us of what we still have to do. They also make us feel like we have not actually achieved anything at all. We doubt and fret. This completely prevents us from seeing everything we have already achieved. Put your to-do list aside and start keeping an achievement list! Or at least, start an achievement list as well. Make a note of what you have already achieved and continue to achieve on a daily basis! Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small or big! This will bring you joy and motivate you to seek out new experiences.

4. Ration your consumption of news

News and news tickers are designed to keep us immediately and constantly informed about catastrophic news from around the world. The bad news is exaggerated by the media. And even if there is far more positive news to report, this receives hardly any attention in the media. Treat yourself every now and then to a news break. This will protect you from taking in too much of the negative. All the better if you can use the break to think about something nice or to do something good.

5. Start the day with a positive thought

We guarantee: Your day will go much better if you start with a positive thought. Simply recall a pleasant memory. Enjoy the moment as long and as fully as you can. It will accompany you throughout the day.

How You Can Practice Positive Thinking In Everyday Life

Doping for the brain

Positive thinking is like doping for the brain. You perform better and achieve more. Seize the power of positive thinking! Both your professional and personal lives will benefit. A quick summary for you:

  • Positive thinking promotes health and triggers unexpected healing effects, as demonstrated by the “placebo effect”.
  • If you only focus on failures, you create blocks for yourself. Positive thinking creates confidence and allows us to take control of our actions.
  • It makes you more self aware and improves your self-esteem.
  • Positive thinking expands your horizons: It helps you see more opportunities and possibilities.

Positive thoughts and gratitude have been proven to make you happy.

Want more tips and exercises to free your thoughts? Get in touch with a mynd coach – the first consultation is free.

written by Felicitas Jucker

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