How to think positive and why it is crucial for happiness, beauty and health

by Sylvia

How to think positive

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:

  1. Start your day with a clear intention to think positive. Setting an intention helps your mind to focus and achieve it.
  2. Find things to be thankful for each day and write them down.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. Start giving yourself compliments about small achievements throughout the day.
  6. 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.”

Winston Churchill

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?


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

Very good, *positive* post to start the day, thank you Sylvia!


2 Suzanne

Thanks for this. I really needed a reminder.



3 Greetje Kamminga

I am an optimist at heart and I have a soul like a rubber ball. And still, my approach to things is always seeing the negative things first. Always very quick to say why something cannot be done. So never invite me to a brainstorm for new ideas. On the other hand, if you have a new idea and you want to remove some flaws in your plan: come to me and I will shoot so many holes in your plan… If you can mend them, your idea has grown a lot.
But all in all I live a happy and positive life.


4 Sylvia

haha I’m like you! That is why I need to keep reminding myself…


5 Pepper

I struggle with this all the time 🙁 I truly am my own worst enemy. I use fashion to help me stay positive…look good on the outside feel good on the inside….or at least better. Thank you so much for the tips.


6 Sylvia

Yes, fashion helps! I always feel so much better when I feel I look good! Thanks for leaving your feedback at 40PlusStyle Pepper!


7 Petra

Such a good post. As women (particularly when we have children), we tend to find worries in just about everything 🙁 but I always find that it helps a LITTLE if I start the day with a lovely perfumed soap in the shower, lots of coconut-scented moisturiser, a comfy outfit with cheerful colour, and a good cup of tea!!! 😀


8 Sylvia

great tip Petra. Thanks!


9 Tat

Thanks for your wonderful post.
I used to be a pessimist more than a half of my life. I think that because I was lazy. It’s more convenient to say that you are not able to do this or that, than to start doing something. Now I am an optimist and life became much friendlier to me. Because I know: if you try hard you will be able to do almost everything. Even when you are not very young. I know it for sure.


10 Sylvia

I believe so too Tat. You did very well by turning yourself around. I still find it tough to shake my pessimist nature!


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