In our busy lives it's much too easy to slip into the mundane negativity that often surrounds us. Our schedules become so full that we forget to take in the beauty that exists in our own daily environment. Have you ever heard the old saying, "Stop and smell the roses"? It seems that many of us are forgetting to even glance at the roses, or any flowers for that matter. We hurry from one appointment to the next, focusing only on where we put our car keys, what the next text message reads and what we'll have for dinner that evening.
A simple technique for changing our negative thoughts into positives is to tell your partner, friend or family member one positive thing that happened in your day- every day. Even if you have a day full of obstacles and you feel down in the dumps, write down or tell your designated person one positive from your day. it can be something as simple as you heard your favorite song on the radio and it made you smile. It doesn't have to be winning an award or something huge- in fact it is often the little things, the simple things in life that make our daily lives so wonderful- and those are the items that are so important to pay attention to, as those are the ones we most often forget to notice. Try it! Do this task for 2 weeks without missing a day and notice how your outlook changes on life. One simple task can make a big change. You will begin to focus on the positives throughout the day- watch and see!
Another easy way to begin to change your negativity into positive thinking is to surround yourself with positive people. Environment plays a big role in our outlook on life. If you find yourself hanging out with "Debbie Downers"- most likely you too, will focus on the negatives. But if instead you surround yourself with others who take a positive outlook to life, it is a contagious way of thinking and it will undoubtedly spread to you.
Did you know that happy people are shown to be healthier?
Have you heard of visualization? This is a powerful tool used often by athletes. It only takes effort and finding a quiet space for a few moments. Sit quietly and picture yourself winning the contest, succeeding in your goal- and don't just picture it, play it in your mind as if you are watching a movie of yourself. Do this again and again as you work towards your goal and you will find yourself not only thinking more positively throughout the day, but making great steps towards reaching your goal(s). There is no money needed, no tools required- just you, a quiet space, a few moments of your time and your effort-- and with this, you too can be on your way to a happier, healthier life.
Who doesn't want to be happier and healthier? Make a conscious effort to attempt the strategies above for the upcoming weeks and months. Keep a journal of how you feel each day. After a month has passed, go back and read your journal entries from the start, view how your attitude has shifted and has become more positive.
Do you have positive thinking techniques that have worked for you? Share them here!