In his book “You being beautiful” dr. Roizen says:
Having internal struggles about your own self value and purpose in life can increase your chance of developing both physical and mental ailments. and influence your overall feeling of happiness (not too mention longevity).
That got me thinking. How many of us are always feeling bad about ourselves or berating ourselves or think too much about what could have been etc. I know I criticise myself on a regular basis! In terms of overall well-being and looking good it is extremely important to have a positive feeling about yourself and your life, so if you catch yourself feeling negative or criticising yourself, you should do something about it.
How to think positive?
Here are some tips that can help you think more positively:
- Start your day with a clear intention to think positive. Setting an intention helps your mind to focus and achieve it.
- Find things to be thankful for each day and write them down.
- Become aware of your thoughts. When you become aware of some negative thinking, remember the clear intention you set in the morning. Also remember why you set the intention in the first place. When you become aware again of the negative effects on your well-being that negative thoughts can cause, you can hopefully stop them in their tracks again.
- When you catch yourself thinking negatively, ask yourself this question. Are these thoughts helping me to improve my life or a particular situation in any way? The answer will probably be ‘no’. In that case you could continue asking yourself: How could I change these thoughts so that they could possibly improve my life or the situation?
- Start giving yourself compliments about small achievements throughout the day.
- Set small goals for yourself each day and praise yourself when you achieve them.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
When you’re a pessimist and have an abundance of negative thoughts throughout the day, changing to thinking positively all the time is not easy. But it’s one skill that can make a huge difference and may just change your life.
Do you have difficulty keeping the negative thoughts in check? How do you stay positive?
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