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Step by Step Guide to Positive Thinking

Posted on: December 31st, 2020

“This always happens to me.” “Nothing ever works out.” “I think if I try this step differently, this will work out better in the long run.” “I’m doing the best I can.”

Did you know that what you think has a powerful effect on your outlook on life, your attitude towards yourself, and others? Did you know being a pessimist or an optimist affects your health and wellbeing?
Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Pessimists tend to magnify the negative aspects of a situation. They blame themselves or anticipate the worst. They tend to see things as only good or bad. Optimists, on the other hand, tend to have mostly positive thoughts. They think the best outcome is going to happen. And they look at situations in a more productive way.

Did you know that negativity and pessimism can be changed? It takes practice and little flexibility, but it can have lasting results. Here’s how.

  1. Start the day with a positive affirmation. Set the tone for the day.
  2. Focus on the good things, however small.
  3. Find humor in bad situations.
  4. Turn failures into lessons.
  5. Turn a negative thought into positive self-talk.
  6. Focus on the here and now.
  7. Surround yourself with positive people.
    Read the entire article about 7 Practical Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset.

With practice, you will discover less critical thoughts towards yourself, and more accepting thoughts towards yourself, others, and the world around you.
If you need more support for changing your thoughts, contact me at SHCS.