The way you think has a large impact on your daily life and can help shape your future. Your state of mind is largely determined by the way that you choose to see things as opposed to outside factors that may influence you. Those who think negatively tend to focus on what they don't have instead of being grateful for what they do, which can lead to a more stressful being.
Thinking positively can help you realize what is really important to you while keeping you focused on giving those things more attention. It can be an empowering process that brings light into your life and those around you, therefore leaving you more rejuvenated. A positive person anticipates happiness, health, success and believes they can overcome any obstacle or difficulty that comes their way.
Positive thinking has a residual effect that comes about into our everyday life such as body language, the way we carry ourselves and even how we communicate with other people. Some people may seem to "glow" and attract positive people and experiences to them because of this.
Here are some tips that can you help you think more positively:
- Make it a practice at the beginning and end of each day to consciously think of all of the things that you are grateful for. This will help you focus on the good things in your life
- Visualize yourself doing something that makes you happy and try to capture that feeling
- When faced with a difficult task, imagine finishing with the outcome you desire
- Imagine accomplishing a goal you have set for yourself and visualize the feeling you will have once you have achieved it. Hold onto that feeling for motivation
- Practice focusing on the qualities you love in your close relationships rather than things that frustrate you. This will help you appreciate those close to you
- When you find yourself thinking negatively, play a piece of music that gives you joy and remember at times it won't be easy
Written by Altimont Parker, SUNY New Paltz Intern for Roots & Wings