Positive self-talk has a big influence on the way we think, on the way we respond to certain life situations and overall decides the quality of our life.
Positive thinking can be an effective method to deal with stress and related issues. Having a positive outlook on life is sure to give you many health benefits.
Research suggests that optimists have a greater quality of life. If you feel you have very negative self-talk and would want to change it into the positive self-talk, then start with changing your inner dialogues. It will improve your health and make you a positive person altogether. And who doesn’t love being with a positive person?
Be around happy and positive people, find humor in every situation, try not to be over-critical about every situation, keep your feelings in check and transition slowly into a positive self-talk mode. Give your positive and encouraging affirmations and never let yourself down under any circumstances.
If you don’t have control over your feelings, it will be others who will play around with it which can create quite a havoc. Be patient, be kind, be considerate, and eventually everything will fall into place.
GET QUALITY SLEEP
Stress and sleep go hand in hand. The amount of sleep you get has a great effect on your mood patterns. If you do not get the required amount of sleep, it takes a toll on your body and mind. Your stress levels will be magnified, and your moods will be affected, eventually so will be your day. Try to get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep daily to get a new head start to a new day.
The more refreshed you feel, the productive your day will turn out to be. Lack of sleep can also affect your physical and mental health. Try to get a good night’s sleep to be positive and improve the quality of your life.
A positive attitude leads to happiness and success and can change your whole life. If you look at the bright side of life, your whole life becomes filled with light. This light affects not only you and the way you look at the world, but it also affects your environment and the people around you.
If this attitude is strong enough, it becomes contagious. It's as if you radiate light around you.
- It helps you achieve goals and attain success.
- It brings more happiness into your life.
- It produces more energy.
- Positive attitude increases your faith in your abilities, and brings hope for a brighter future.
- You become able to inspire and motivate yourself and others.
- You encounter fewer obstacles and difficulties in your daily life.
- You get more respect and love from people.
- Life smiles at you.
With a positive attitude, you see the bright side of life, become optimistic, and expect the best to happen. It is certainly a state of mind that is well worth developing.
Positive attitude manifests in the following ways:
- Positive thinking.
- Constructive thinking.
- Creative thinking.
- Motivation and energy to do things and accomplish goals.
- An attitude of happiness.
A positive frame of mind can help you in many ways, such as:
- Expecting success and not a failure.
- Making you feel inspired.
- It gives you the strength not to give up if you encounter obstacles on your way.
- It makes you look at failure and problems as blessings in disguise.
- Believing in yourself and in your abilities.
- It enables you to show self-esteem and confidence.
- You look for solutions, instead of dwelling on problems.
- You see and recognize opportunities.
Here are the 6 power-packed character traits you will develop when you choose to be positive.
Character trait 1: Decisiveness
Character trait 2: Courage
Character trait 3: Responsibility
Character trait 4: Persistence
Character trait 5: Solution-focused
Character trait 6: Adaptability
What Does a Positive Attitude Mean?
Here are a few definitions:
A positive attitude is a state of mind that envisions and expects favorable results.
The willingness to try doing new things
The belief that everything would turn all right
It is an attitude that helps you see the good in people.
It is a mental attitude that sees the good and the accomplishments in your life, rather than the negative and the failures.
A positive attitude is a mindset that helps you see and recognize opportunities.
A positive attitude means positive thinking
It is optimism and maintaining a positive mindset
It is a mental attitude that focuses on the bright side of life
It is a mindset that uses the words “I can” and “it is possible.”
12 things you can do to improve your well-being. These 12 activities include:
Being kind to yourself
Take up a hobby and/or learn a new skill
Have some fun and/or be creative
Connect with others
Beware drink and drugs
See the bigger picture
Accepting: “It is as it is”
A few activities to build positive mindset skills such as
Listen to upbeat music.
Travel, even if it’s not very far—the point is to interact with different people and get to know other cultures.
Eat healthy foods.
Be thankful and cultivate gratitude.
Journal and/or use a notebook to write things down—especially positive things.
Breathe mindfully and deeply.
Use positive words and avoid phrases like “I can’t” and “I won’t.”
Practice positive affirmations or mantras.
Try the Best Possible Self exercise (imagine yourself in your best possible future, and write about it).
Volunteer and commit your time and efforts to helping others.
Take control of the things you can, and accept the things you can’t.
Remind yourself “Never a failure, always a lesson;” make every failure a learning opportunity.
Try the mirror technique—say something positive about yourself (and truly mean it) every time you see yourself in the mirror.
Socialize and spend time with others, including family, friends, your spouse or significant other, and new friends or acquaintances.
Listen to your favorite music—it’s that easy! Music has a fairly unique ability to put you in a positive state of mind.
Express your thankfulness and gratitude for all the good things in your life. Appreciate them, and write them down to help you remember.
Remember to breathe. Breathe deeply, slowly, and mindfully to transport your mind to a positive, calm place.
Don’t live according to a label—labels come from others, not from yourself, and you are so much more than a simple label could ever represent.
Check your internal dialogue, and challenge that critical inner voice to make room for happiness.
Engage in positive activities like meditation, yoga, hiking, or whatever other activity you enjoy.
Take back control of the things you can change—and put in the effort required to actually change—but learn to accept the things you cannot change.
Go easy on yourself. Don’t kick yourself when you’re down; everyone fails, and it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough.
Pay attention to your diet, and ensure that you eat healthy food that will contribute to a healthy and positive mind.
Embrace change—it’s happening whether we want it to or not, so it’s best to embrace it. Make an effort to step outside of your comfort zone.
11 techniques from Dr. Tchiki Davis (2018) can also help you adopt a more positive attitude:
1. Ask yourself, “Do I think positively?” Take a test or quiz on positivity to see where you stand.
2. Strengthen your memory for positive information by using positive words more often.
3. Strengthen your brain’s ability to work with positive information with exercises that involve positive words.
4. Strengthen your brain’s ability to pay attention to the positive by routinely redirecting your focus away from the negative to the positive.
5. Condition yourself to experience random moments of positivity (use classical conditioning on yourself to build positive associations).
6. Think positive—but not too much—and think negative when you need to; sometimes we need to grieve, think about the negative consequences, and use negative emotions to motivate and engage us.
7. Practice gratitude (perhaps with a gratitude journal).
8. Savor the good moments (stop to “smell the roses” and celebrate the positive).
9. Generate positive emotions by watching funny videos
10. Stop minimizing your successes and acknowledge the efforts you put in.
11. Stop all-or-nothing thinking; this cognitive distortion is not in line with reality since things are very rarely “all good” or “all bad.”
Try these 10 suggestions from Megan Wycklendt (2014) of Fulfillment Daily:
1. Keep a gratitude journal.
2. Reframe your challenges as opportunities for growth.
3. Get good at being rejected—it happens to everyone!
4. Use positive words to describe your life.
5. Replace have with get (e.g., I have to go to work → I get to go to work).
6. Don’t let yourself get dragged down into other people’s complaints.
7. Breathe—consciously, purposefully, and mindfully.
8. Notice the righteous and good in times of tragedy and violence.
9. Have solutions ready when you point out problems.
10. Make someone else smile.
A successful author, speaker, and coach Brian Tracy positive attitude tips are:
Larry Alton from Success.com lists 7 practical tips to help you get more positive:
1. Start the day with positive affirmations (scroll down to see some example affirmations).
2. Focus on the good things, however small they are.
3. Find humor in bad situations.
4. Turn failures into lessons—and learn from them!
5. Transform negative self-talk into positive self-talk.
6. Focus on the present instead of getting mired in the past or losing your way in the future.
7. Find positive friends, mentors, and co-workers to support and encourage you (2018).
For example, positive attitudes can include:
It is looking adversity in the eye… and laughing.
Getting what you get, and not pitching a fit.
Enjoying the unexpected, even when it’s not what you wanted originally.
Motivating those around you with a positive word.
Using the power of a smile to reverse the tone of a situation.
Being friendly to those you don’t know.
It’s getting back up when you fall down. (No matter how many times you fall down.)
Being a source of energy that lifts those around you.
Understanding that relationships are more important than material things.
Being happy even when you have little.
Having a good time even when you are losing.
Being happy for someone else’s success.
Having a positive future vision, no matter how bad your current circumstances.
Paying a compliment, even to a total stranger.
Tell someone you know that they did a great job. (And mean it.)
Making someone’s day. (Not just a child’s… adult’s like to have their day be special, too!)
It’s not complaining no matter how unfair things appear to be. (It is a waste of time… instead, do something!)
Not letting other people’s negativity bring you down.
Giving more than you expect to get in return.
Being true to yourself… always (Jarrow, 2012).
There are many traits and characteristics associated with a positive mindset, including:
Optimism: a willingness to make an effort and take a chance instead of assuming your efforts won’t pay off.
Acceptance: acknowledging that things don’t always turn out how you want them to, but learning from your mistakes.
Resilience: bouncing back from adversity, disappointment, and failure instead of giving up.
Gratitude: actively, continuously appreciating the good things in your life (Blank, 2017).
Consciousness/Mindfulness: dedicating the mind to conscious awareness and enhancing the ability to focus.
Integrity: the trait of being honorable, righteous, and straightforward, instead of deceitful and self-serving (Power of Positivity, n.d.).
Not only are these characteristics of a positive mindset, but they may also work in the other direction—actively adopting optimism, acceptance, resilience, gratitude, mindfulness, and integrity in your life will help you develop and maintain a positive mindset.
We have much more control over adding pleasant experiences in our lives than we often have over preventing stressful ones. With that in mind, here are some simple ways to raise your positivity ratios.
1. Make a plan
2. Maintain a gratitude journal
3. Monitor your mood
4. Treat yourself
5. Have some habits
6. Find some surprises
7. Use proven standbys
Here is a list of 10 habits that can turn a gloomy outlook into an effortlessly optimistic attitude.
1. Keep a gratitude journal
2. Reframe your challenges
3. Get good at being rejected
4. Use positive words to describe your life.
5. Replace have with get
6. Don't let yourself get dragged into other people's complaints.
8. Notice the righteous in times of tragedy.
9. Have solutions when pointing out problems.
10. Make someone else smile.
Here are five simple ways to keep your attitude up--and yourself successful--even in difficult times
1. Manage rejection
2. Rid yourself of resentment
3. Associate with positive people.
4. Compliment at least one person every day.
5. Be enthusiastic.
Positivity is a precious commodity in this chaotic world, but those who cultivate it regularly end up better off. Using these tips as a starting point, look for a chance to infuse your day with happiness!
I am a human being living in this world full of competition, abrupt changes, and fast-tracking technology. For me to survive and get along, I firmly believe in this positive outlooks and values,
Every day I wake up, I always look at it as a gift from above, thus resolve to treasure it until the rest of the day. I greet the day with a smile, and I feel a deep enthusiasm coming from inside.
I have no money, but I have a family. I have no mansion, but I have children to embrace and hug me back. What a great day to live surrounded by Love.
I always find hope in little things. When I feel tired and stressed out, I go outside and look around. Then in every little way than none, I found a reason or two why I am here and why they are not in my position. Hope is within my heart. Acceptance is the key to let it grow and embrace the world I live in.
The key is to seek first to understand before passing judgment.
As I have said, giving and sharing results to hundred of friends and neighbors smiling back to you.
Let us knock down that Generosity 101 with these ideas from Charles R. Swindoll:
1. Smile. Laugh a little. Laugh a little more.
2. Take a walk with a friend.
3. Kneel down and pat a dog.
4. Enter into another's sorrow.
5. Lessen your demands on others.
6. Apologize if you are wrong.
7. Turn off the television and talk.
8. Pray for someone who helped you when you're hurt.
9. Give a soft answer even though you feel strong.
10. Encourage an older person to live and be hopeful.
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - - to be happy. It is all that matters." - - Audrey Hepburn