How positive thinking affect our everyday lives? People tend to experience life in a subjective manner interpreting events and incidents according to our own physical, psychological and emotional filter. We interpret events using our experiences, psychological and biological make-up as we make them fit into our own view of the world. Many of us have a more positive outlook in life while others have a more negative one. That is, we tend to have more thoughts that are positive or negative about the world around us. Being a negative or positive thinker leads individuals to participate in their lives in a different manner leading to certain ramifications in their personal and work life and affecting their interactions with others.
People who have more of a negative thinking pattern may feel that they are being more realistic and seeing life as it really is and that looking at things in a more positive way will lead to unrealistic expectations and disappointment. It may be that seeing things in a more negative manner does provide some way of protecting a person from harmful situations and could prove useful at times. However, a continued negative thinking pattern may do more harm than good if it becomes a chronic way of looking at things. Negative thinking may lead to mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and self-esteem issues to name a few. In addition, there are also medical problems related to negative thinking, from immune system problems to severe medical conditions. Therefore, it appears that it would be beneficial for people to learn how to switch negative thinking around and indulge in positive thinking to improve their overall health.
Positive Thinking Benefits
* Better mental health
*Experiencing joy more consistently
* Stronger immune system
* A sense of well-being and improved health
* Reduced risk of heart problems
* Higher self-esteem
* Better coping skills in facing stressful situations
To be able to change negative to positive thinking one must first recognize that he or she is engaging in a negative thinking pattern consistently. If one’s thoughts are mostly critical to self and others, this is a red flag that a change in thinking could be helpful.
Steps that are helpful in changing negative to positive thinking may include:
- Putting a positive spin on internal and external conversation. Be nice to yourself and others in your thoughts and when talking to others.
- List at least three things each day that make you feel grateful.
- Surround yourself with supportive and positive people and avoid harmful relationships.
- Take responsibility for things you do and say.
- Take time to do things that are relaxing and fun to you.
- Practice forgiveness of yourself and others.
If you feel that there are psychological roadblocks on the path to becoming a more positive thinker, contact a therapist to help you in clearing obstacles to a more positive lifestyle. Positive thinking can lead to a happier life.