What is Positive Thinking? Positive thinking, or Optimism, is a belief system wherein people and events are inherently good. Good is considered as whatever entails reverence towards life, continuity, happiness, or human flourishing. Affirmation of the thoughts rising from Positive Thinking acts as the catalyst for achieving your goals.
Am I an Optimist or a Pessimist? Take a day to pay attention to the stream of thoughts that run through your head (self-talk). If these thoughts are mostly negative, you are likely a pessimist. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you are likely an optimist. An optimist is not necessarily practicing Positive Thinking. For someone who regularly sees the positive side of things, this thought pattern comes naturally. For the pessimist, the act of Positive Thinking takes conscious effort and practice. Positive Thinking can be learned.
Does it take a long time? I don't have a lot of time. You do not need to devote time specifically to the practice of Positive Thinking. Positive Thinking is simply a conscious reflection of what you are thinking coupled with an effort to transform negative thought into positive thought. There is a constant stream of thought running through your mind. From time to time stop and evaluate what you're thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
Why practice Positive Thinking? thankyou-Universe wants you to be healthy and feel good. Positive Thinking reduces negative stress which effects good health. Positive Thinking has emotional benefits as well, promoting positive emotions like greater happiness, contentment and fulfillment. A good way to measure whether your thoughts are mostly positive is by your current state-of-mind. If you are feeling positive emotions such as hope, happiness, contentment and fulfillment then you are more than likely thinking mostly positive thoughts. When you find yourself in a negative state-of-mind feeling emotions like, fear, sadness, restlessness, regret, or with a complete lack of emotion (apathy), then try and change your thought pattern; negative thought into positive thought. This would be a good time to examine your self-talk. If your self-talk is mostly negative this supports the statement that you can determine the pattern of your thoughts by your mood. Practice Positive Thinking by putting a positive spin on any negative self-talk that comes up. Put a conscious effort into thinking about the good things in your life and give thanks for them. If you have a list of personal positive affirmations that you use, now would be the time to use them. You will surely see a change toward the better. When your thoughts project a more positive attitude your state-of-mind will become more positive and you will begin to feel the more positive emotions again; hope, happiness, contentment, fulfillment . . .