Positive Thinking: Practice and Examples
One of the top characteristics of a successful person is “Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking”. It is a remarkable life skill and a component of critical success factors.
Positive thoughts bring joyfulness and happiness, which is opposite to negative thoughts. Negative thoughts increase stress. Stress causes many health issues, such as headaches, anxiety, muscle pain, restlessness, and sleep problem. Stress hormone can deteriorate the brain and memory development. Being positive will give you more energy to deal with the situation and solve problems.
Many studies revealed many health benefits of positive thinking in both physical and mental factors: (R)
Some physical benefits may include:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression or stress
- Lower rates of heart attack
- Lower rates of death from cardiovascular disease
- Greater immunity to common illness such as common cold
- Better physical well-being
- Lower blood pressure
- Better stress management
- Better pain tolerance
The mental benefits may include:
- Better psychological well-being
- Better concentration and focus
- More learning efficiency
- More creativity
- Greater problem-solving skill
- Clearer thinking
- Better mood
- Better coping skills
- Less depression
Positive Thinking – Skills You Need
You can make your mind practicing positive thoughts. Learn to ignore negative sensations by cutting the negative chain. Try to associate with optimistic people, control your emotions, and not justify or blaming others. The negative thoughts are your worst enemies for success and healthy life.
10 Tips for Achieving a Positive Mindset
1. Learn to forgive
Forgiveness is great medicine for your mentality. You cannot change others, but you can change yourself through forgiveness. Learn to forgive and let it go before you sleep and not let other behaviors harm your mentality and affect your sleep.
“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
2. Focus on good things and smile
Start your day with a smile at your surroundings and be thankful for your present living. Avoid turning on the radio or read potential negative news about economy, epidemic, death, or loss.
“The little things in life make all the difference.
The bad day can turn into a good day with just one smile.”
3. Set the positive goals of the day
Start the day with a positive goal for the day. For example, you will say thank you to the driver, co-workers, and neighbors for their bits of help or inspiration. Make a self-thought to all situations. Be thankful for the rainy day and thankful for the well-being.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
When it is in the power of your hand to do so.”
4. Find humor during tough situations
A great health medicine is humor and laugh. You burnt your breakfast and you can laugh at your mistake. You believe it is not a big deal and can be fixed. There is no point to be upset at all.
“You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.”
5. Turn failures into lessons
You cannot change what had happened. You can turn it into lessons. For example, you lost the notes for your presentation. You are not panic about the situation and you have a clear mind to solve the problem. You have learned a lesson that next time you will make a backup and be more mindful in your preparation.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation,
Hard work and learning from failure.”
6. Utilize lessons to build new skills
Every failure is a starter for new knowledge and skills. Open your mind to the situation. It will give you more creativity, and you will find more of your talent and skills.
“It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and
I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.”
7. Practice the positive talk
Let everyman swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (James 1: 19-20). You will think carefully and look at the positive side before responding the situation and transform negative talk into a positive response.
“Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt,
so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”
8. Focus on the present
It is not necessary to focus on the bad thing that hasn’t happened. It brings your anxiety and worries. You are fear to fail on nothing. If you want to build and maintain a positive attitude, get into the habit of thinking positive and living in the present and doing it now. (R)
“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
9. Associate with positive people
Find friends or mentors who are optimistic and can cheer you up. Stay away from pessimistic people who may bring you back to the angriness or bitterness. That does not help you, rather than holding you back from going forward.
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” – William James
10. Forget the past
Sometimes you cannot stay away from the negative thought. It is best to forget the past and look ahead for making positive things happen. When you think about the past, it is for making you stronger and more confident. But do not let it negatively impact your sensitivity. If that is the case, you have to forget the past and look for the brighter opportunity to make things better.
“Forget the past with the exception of what you have learned from it.” – Unknown
Practice: What is positive thought from the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The current global pandemic is quite serious and brings sad news and depression to the world and society every day. The reality is we cannot fix the past but we can make a better future.
A positive mindset can minimize anxiety, depression, and sadness. It does not matter whether you agree with me or not about the thoughts. My point for the thoughts is for practicing positive thinking. I hope this is useful to you at some points.
Here are some positive thoughts and lessons learned from the circumstances in my point of view.
1. People are closer to eat healthy food.
2. We have better clean air.
3. Less airplane flying; more energy saving.
4. Less poison to the air and ocean.
5. Fewer vehicles on the road; less pollution.
6. More families unite.
7. Lesser physical intruders or abuse for social distance.
8. Less bad behavior to each other.
9. The war stops.
10. More hygiene behavior; people wash hands more often.
11. More health concerns; people turn to take care more on their health.
12. More concern about the self-sufficient economy idea.
13. Self-sufficiency is necessary for living daily life.
14. More peacefulness.
15. Less chance to eat at premium restaurants; more savings.
16. Better behavior in spending or shopping spree; more savings..
17. Better environment.
18. Better daily life.
19. Cleaner home.
20. Less utilizing natural resources.
21. People tend to cook their own meals; back to basic.
22. Good time to plan and think ahead for life.
23. Realization of truth for life.
24. This may be a way to fix the lost world.
25. Better beautiful world.
26. Natural healing.
27. Wisdom and good mentality can cooperate to save the world.
28. Balance nature.
Positive thinking is the key to success and a longer life. It brings happiness and self-content. Positive thinking is powerful for it can change your life and the world. Your positive attitude can make a positive impact on someone and save a life. It makes you more healthy, and you have more confidence in dealing with new situations.
If you have some thoughts that can help others or some bright side during the current global pandemic, please feel free to add your thoughts. I am delight to experience the positive impact of you.