Written by: Seada
You may find it funny that my nick name is “Positivity.” I have earned this label from several of my closest family members and friends, but sometimes, I am truly uncertain if I am all that positive. People often assume I do not have problems; however, like all people, I of course do. But I choose to express my frustrations through the lens of glass half-full instead of half-empty. Understandably, we all have a different outlook on life’s problems, and our differences may create confusion.
Why choose positivity? There are several reasons why. Research reveals that positive thinking changes our brain connections. You may experience: increased self-esteem, improved cardiovascular functioning, feelings of energy and hopefulness, a more meaningful life and stronger sense of purpose, and an overall feeling of happiness.
It is important for me to tell you that I was not always a believer in the power of positive thought. I was very much a skeptic like you. I debated whether positive thinking actually works when we are faced with faced with adversity and calamity. Being the curious human that I am, I decided to challenge my own skeptical thinking and took a leap of faith. Hey, what’s the worst that will happen if you choose to be positive? You can always revert to unhealthy patterns of thinking! There was never truly a risk down this path. Through this process, I learned that what I saw of the world was a reflection of myself.
Are you feeling curious to know how to become a positive thinker? Here are four simple steps to direct you towards positive thinking:
- Choose to be positive instead of negative
- Complain less and communicate positively
- Challenge your mindset to see new possibilities
- Find 5 things you are grateful for each day
I may have convinced you to think positive at this point, and that’s a really good indication that says you truly want to change and just need a little push in right direction. Remember to be kind to yourself during this time. Some days you may feel like giving up, and other days you may feel otherwise. Each day has its individual moments. I want you to define those moments as just moments. They are not your entire day, or even the full hour. Once you’ve gained control over that moment, you are already walking in the direction of positive thinking!
You got this, I know you do.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. ~ Wade Boggs