I decided to be Happy
How much control we have over any situation in life. Focus is very powerful, but we need to direct it in a positive way or it’s not doing us any good.
Ever notice how some peoples conversations are centered on what’s wrong with their life? Then there are those in similar situations whose focus is positive and upbeat. The difference in not in the situation, it’s in the interpretation, attitude, mindset, and perception.
A positive life is the result of a positive attitude, not ideal circumstances. We decide the meaning of our experiences.
The question of whether or not positive thinking has any measurable benefits has interested science for a number of years. For the most part, studies are focused on identifying possible physical benefits.
As researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health, they have come to some interesting conclusions. Their results show that positive thinking benefits include:
Positive thinking people are HAPPIER
Pessimists are more inwardly focused and have more depression, anxiety and other mental health problems in general. Positive people have a greater capacity for love, joy and warmth that brings happiness into their lives, and also into the lives of their families and everyone else around them. This increased capacity for love means that they are loved more in return because they are more outwardly focused, kinder and more considerate to others.
Positive thinking people are HEALTHIER
It’s still somewhat unclear to researchers why people who practice positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. Hello, who wants less stress?
Positive thinking people are MORE SUCCESSFUL
To put it another way, successful people tend to think positively. Optimists are happier and more productive in their jobs, get promoted quicker and earn more than pessimists. These people set higher goals, persist in them longer, and achieve more of them.
Turning negative thinking into positive thinking
Self-talk has a huge influence on the overall direction of our thoughts. The negative self – talk is an easy habit to slip into, especially if you are surrounded by negative people. So, the first step toward a more positive mindset is to change the tone of our self-talk.
Like any other bad habit, before we can change it we need to become more consciously aware that we are doing it. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate the tone of your thinking and self-talk. If you find that they have been negative, work on finding ways to put a positive spin on them. Make a game out of it.
Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. If it’s not worth saying out loud, it’s probably not worthy of saying to yourself.
Becoming an optimist
If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice and focus, you will automatically move away from self-criticism and toward self-acceptance. You will likely find yourself feeling less critical of the world around you as well.
So, what do you think? Can positive thinking really improve your life? Well, let’s see; less stress, a happier disposition, better health, and greater success – sounds pretty conclusive to me. How about you?
~A spoken word is a moment. A written word is eternal~