Even if positive thinking does not come naturally to you, there are plenty of great reasons to start cultivating affirmative thoughts and minimising negative self-talk. You have probably had someone tell you to "look on the bright side" or to "see the cup as half full." Chances are that the people who make these comments are positive thinkers, and research shows many benefits of optimism and positive thinking. Such findings suggest that not only are positive thinkers healthier and less stressed, they also have greater overall well-being.
Positive thinking doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.
Having a positive mental attitude is one of the most important things to develop in life. More energy, better health, a greater chance at success, and an overall happier life all show just how important having the right attitude is.
There is nothing more valuable in your life than your good health which is why a positive attitude is key to keeping yourself healthy. Scientific research has proven that people with a positive attitude are healthier physically and mentally than someone without one.
Stress Management: When faced with stressful situations, positive thinkers cope more effectively than pessimists, facing a crisis or trauma with strength and resolve. In one study, researchers found that when optimists encounter a disappointment (such as not getting a job or promotion) they are more likely to focus on things they can do to resolve the situation, instead of giving up hope, they marshal their resources and are willing to ask others for help.
In turn, better stress management mechanisms are associated with many health benefits. By coping better with stress and having resilience to unhealthy behaviours, individuals are able to improve their health and well-being. In one study, researchers found that activation in brain areas associated with negative emotions led to a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine. Optimists typically look at what they can do to fix the problem.
Therefore not only can positive thinking impact your ability to cope with stress and your immunity, it also has an impact on your overall well-being, including a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular problems, less depression, and an increased lifespan.
Success And Energy
Have you ever met a successful person with a negative attitude? The answer is probably no, and not really surprising when you think about it.
Positivity leads to excitement and excitement is like three shots of Red Bull and a tall coffee. When you are positive you wake up ready to do your best and enjoy the day. This also allows you to feel more inspired and wake up ready to become one of the next 30 under 30 candidates. A positive attitude doesn’t just help you live better, it also lets you gain the success you deserve.
Everyone knows that one person who, no matter how early it is, has a seemingly endless amount of energy, bubbling with boundless zeal. With more energy more can be done, channel it into your work, relationships, or hobbies and you will see dramatic results. It also helps you focus and have more enthusiasm. Positivity is the best energy booster of all time.
4 Common Forms Of Negative Self-Talk:
Filtering: You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. F
Personalising: When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself.
Catastrophising: You automatically anticipate the worst. You spill coffee on yourself and automatically think that the rest of your day will be a disaster.
Polarising: You see things only as either good or bad. There is no middle ground.
You can learn to turn negative activation and language into positives. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you're creating a new habit, after all. Email culture provides the perfect opportunity to work on positive language, as you can edit your words before sending them out to colleagues and clients. Look out for negative words like “unfortunately,” “impossible” and “problems” as flags for sentences to revise. Flip these everyday phrases which can be easily replaced, giving your vocabulary an instant positivity boost.
Why not? → Sounds good
No problem → Definitely!
Can’t complain → Everything’s going well, thanks
I’m exhausted → I need to rest
I forgot → I’ll make sure to set a reminder
You'll get over it → It's hard but I believe in you
You can't have that → Give that to me please
No hitting → Be gentle when you touch
Unfortunately, it will be impossible to finish the project on time because of the problems some people are causing with submitting their work late. → Can everyone turn in their portion of the project by Thursday so that we can complete the work on time and hit the deadline?
Constructive criticism → Feedback
Don’t throw the ball inside! → Please take the ball outside.
Don’t … → I like it when..
I missed you so much! → It’s so great to see you!
No! → I know you like ice cream, but eating too much isn’t healthy.
Also remember telling children (and adults, too!) what you want them to do rather than what you don’t want them to do puts the focus on the desired action and ups your chances of a positive outcome!
Identify Areas To Change
If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you usually think negatively about, whether it's work, your daily commute or a relationship. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
Check yourself: Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you're thinking, putting a positive spin on them.
Laugh: Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times.
Lead a healthy lifestyle: Aim to exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week. You can also break it up into 10-minute chunks of time during the day.
Surround yourself with positivity: Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback.
Positive self-talk: Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself.