I used to think that good things will happen to good people and bad things will happen to bad people. However, I was naive to think that way. Good things can happen to bad people and bad things can happen to good people. In fact, bad things can happen to anyone and everyone.
Let’s face it. It’s not always easy to remain optimistic and positive in every circumstances. But it is important that you’re not constantly allowing negative thoughts invade your mind and bring your positive spirit down.
During the last two decades, positive thinking has been termed as ‘positive psychology’, emphasizing personal growth and happiness instead of the negative aspect of illness and heartaches. Positive thinking can also transform into positive beliefs, shaping our life, mind, heart, soul, character, health and emotions.
For those who tend to think that the glass is always half full are not only happier, but research suggest that they also have lower rates of cancer and mortality, improved immune function and cardiovascular health. There’s even a study that discovered that an optimistic attitude helps women to fight breast cancer.
So, are you ready to take some positive strides in 2017? Here’s 5 tips for a happier and balanced you!
#1 Start Each Day on a Good Note
Starting every day by reflecting on something good could greatly create positive emotions and vibes. Being grateful for something you’ve experienced the day before can enhance your mood almost immediately – and this is a very positive way to start a new day. Try repeating this exercise weekly and monthly, and you’ll start to see a positive outlook from your compounding gratitude effect.
#2 A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body
Just as thoughts can affect us physically, the reverse is also true! One of the essential components of positive living is the nurturing and taking care of the physical body. Without having regular exercise, fresh air or taking a short vacation, your energy levels can drop tremendously and generally reduce your motivation level. From today onwards, start taking charge of your physical health and it will soon help towards embracing a more positive way of living.
#3 Choose Your Words Wisely
Apart from reflection and exercise, the next power is our spoken word. Everyone have the key to open heaven or the gate of hell – and our words are that key. Believe it or not, our language pattern can affect our every thought and action – positively or negatively. Words can also affect the people around us, and it is the same effect on ourselves. Speaking positive statements can create positive moods and vibes, and vice versa. Therefore, choose your words wisely, because your subconscious mind is listening to your words all the time, and it will subconsciously respond accordingly to what you say.
#4 Develop a Positive Memory Bank
In this negative world, emotional stability and joy is vital for personal growth, development and health. They literally open our minds and hearts to live a positive life. No doubt we will experience challenges, difficulties, sufferings, etc. But when we learn to store positive emotions in our memory bank, they become powerful resources to draw positive feelings to help us deal with our present circumstances. The happier we are, the more productive we become. In turn, we are able to open ourselves to people, creating more confidence, creativity and improves our overall physical health.
#5 Smile with Enthusiasm!
Last but not least, research suggests that smiling, even when we don’t feel like it (a.k.a fake smile) – can make situations to seem better. Enthusiasm is contagious, and it draws others to you like a magnet. We might not be enthusiastic 24/7, but you can always put on a smile which helps to rub off negative vibes.
There you go – the 5 tips on how to embrace a positive mindset in a negative world. Saying is easy, but doing is always the difficult part. Nevertheless, positivity is a precious asset especially in this chaotic, negative world. Those who knows how to cultivate it regularly will somehow end up being better off. Go ahead and use these tips as a starting point and look for a chance to infuse your day with happiness!