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Top 12 Tips for Changing from a Negative Thinker to a Positive Thinker
If you haven’t heard, negative thinking can affect our lives in numerous ways. It’s bad for our health and it increases our stress levels. Changing your manner of thinking can be difficult, however, and it’s easy to fall into negative thinking. We hear negative things on the news every day, and many of us have a negative newsfeed in our heads about ourselves as well. We hear negative gossip from friends and sometimes even from our bosses and coworkers. Negative thoughts are often self-fulfilling prophecies. When we believe that negative things are going to happen, isn’t it funny how they often do?
Now this doesn’t mean that you should be unrealistic and say that things are great when they aren’t. Sometimes life sucks. Bad things happen. The key here is to have positive thoughts about the eventual outcome. For example, if you wreck the car, yes, that sucks, however, you can say “Well, at least no one was hurt, I have insurance, and now I can shop for another car! I always wanted a red one!”
Keep reading and find out how you can change your life forever simply by changing your thinking from negative to positive.
1. Start with the Glass Half Full Theory
No matter what happens in life (within reason, of course) try to look for the good, not the bad. If you are having a crappy day, try to look for the good things that happened during the day instead of focusing on the bad. Try to think optimistically. Don’t see the glass as half empty, see it as half full…maybe even half full of vodka!
2. Don’t Over Think
Sometimes we get so absorbed with little details in life that we forget to pick our heads up and look around at all the wonderful things that surround us. Instead of dwelling on all the “what ifs” (what if I don’t get that promotion? What if the bottom falls out of that stock?) try to stop worrying about it. As long as you are doing your best and working towards improving things, don’t spend so much time over thinking the situation.
3. Meditate and/or Practice Yoga
Meditation will help you learn to calm and quiet your mind. Yoga will also help you to focus your thoughts away from negative things and teach you how to choose what you will focus on, in this case, more positive thoughts.
4. Fake It Till You Make It (Smile)
Sometimes it’s hard to put on a smile and act happy when you don’t feel it. However, smiling, even when you don’t feel like it, will greatly help to change your mood. Watch some funny videos if it helps, spend more time with a friend who is funny and entertaining, anything that will keep you smiling. Fake it until one day you find that you aren’t faking it, you are feeling it!
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