September 13th was Positive Thinking Day! Yes, it’s an actual thing!
The day was a reminder to look on the bright side of life, to see the glass half full, and to be more optimistic. Optimism is a beautiful thing. It keeps us hopeful, gives us the strength to get through life’s challenges, reduces stress, and makes us healthier and happier!
Although feeling negative emotions is a normal and healthy part of life, we can’t ignore the benefits of positivity on our well-being. Are you struggling to be a positive thinker? Here are some tips that can help!
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this blog is written from personal and lived experience. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional mental health services, medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your health or mental health, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.
7 Ways To Become A Positive Thinker:
# 1 – Practice Gratitude
Research has shown that gratitude increases happiness and decreases depression. Being grateful helps rid our lives of unhealthy, toxic emotions, and helps us focus on areas of our lives to appreciate.
Think about the last time you were thankful for something. How did you feel? It’s pretty difficult to stay in a negative state of mind when you’re filled with appreciation. Even if appreciation is felt only for a moment, the positive effect it has on your thinking is undeniable.
# 2 – Rid Your Life of Negative Influences
American entrepreneur and motivational speaker Jim Rohn says, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Think about that. It’s some pretty powerful stuff!
The people in our lives play an incredibly important role. Surrounding ourselves with people who enrich our lives is key. Having supportive and motivating people in our lives can help us grow and become better versions of ourselves. These positive influences can impact our well-being and way of thinking.
And I’m not referring to surrounding yourself with “Yes” people. I’m talking about the kind of people who genuinely care about you and your well-being, and aren’t afraid to tell you the truth.
# 3 – Spend Time in Nature
Environmentalist David Suzuki conducted a study in which he found that individuals who reported spending 30 minutes each day in nature increased their well-being and happiness. That’s huge!
I know for me, spending time in nature always puts me in a better mood. It helps me focus and put things into perspective.
The next time you’re feeling particularly negative, try spending some time in nature. You may be surprised at how it makes you feel.
Do you live in the city and away from much greenery? Why not visit your local park and do some reading on a bench? There are many ways to experience the awesome benefits of nature.
# 4 – Practice Kindness
Kindness is good for the soul, and it is linked to happiness. Kindness promotes gratitude, compassion, and a sense of connection and belonging. It also helps reduce stress and negative emotions.
Performing a random act of kindness, for instance, can really help put in you a happier, more positive state of mind. And the best part of it all is you’re also helping to brighten someone else’s day in the process! As the famous saying goes, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop
Related: 58 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
# 5 – Smile
Want to be a more positive thinker? Try smiling!
When you smile, it releases feel-good neurotransmitters – such as dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. This helps you relax, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure, helps relieve pain in your body, and lifts your mood. Even a forced smile can lead to a mood boost!
The next time you’re trying to boost your positivity, try smiling it out! You may be surprised to find other happy faces smiling back. After all, smiling is contagious!
# 6 – Practice Positive Self-Talk
I have a confession to make. I’m someone who has struggled with negative self-talk. Over the years, though, I’ve learned a lot about how to be a more positive self-talker.
The way we speak to ourselves is crucial to our well-being. A negative inner dialogue can be debilitating. But, by recognizing our negative self-talk, challenging our negative statements with positive counter-statements, and practicing positive self-talk, we can become healthier self-talkers and positive thinkers.
If you’re in need of help with stopping your negative self-talk, check out the Self-Talk Workbook I created to help with this.
# 7 – Be Mindful
Mindfulness simply means to be aware of the present moment. Being aware of your emotions, thoughts, and experiences, and being open and accepting towards them are two components that work together when practicing mindfulness.
Learning to stop and process our negative thinking through practicing mindfulness will eventually help us to start thinking in a healthier and more positive way.