It’s been a while since my last blog post. I’ve been busy with work, life and planning a wedding (there’s four months to go until Matt and I get married and I have lots to do!).
So, for my first post back after a mini hiatus, I thought I would write about the power of positive thinking.
I’m someone who lives a positive life – mind, body and soul (I’ve written a post about the link between a healthy body and healthy mind, here). If you ask any of the people who know me best, they’ll tell you I’m forever the optimist, finding the positive in every situation and always looking on the bright side of life.
I’m not alone in this thinking either, with the benefits of a positive mind now being backed up by research. Scientists have looked into the impact positive thinking has on people’s work, health and life as more than just being happy and showing an upbeat attitude. They found a positive mindset definitely creates positive outcomes in your life.
When you think positively, your mind opens up, allows you to feel positive emotions and think more broadly and openly. You see more possibilities for yourself and the cycle starts again. I’ve always felt that positivity breeds positivity and the positive energy you put out in the world comes back to you tenfold. When you have a positive outlook on life, you are also more likely to be successful in your pursuits and in putting yourself and what you want first.
In comparison, research shows that negative emotions program your brain to narrow your mind and focus your thoughts. You forget about other possibilities, actions and solutions and focus in on one emotion. Most of the time when you think negatively, you shut off the outside world and you ignore and limit your other options.
I’m not pretending for a second that I don’t have negative thoughts – because I do – and that you shouldn’t feel that way when you do. It’s important to ride the wave and to not ignore when you’re feeling sad, upset or down about something that has happened to you. But for me, I try not to let myself stay in that negative mindset for too long.
So, when I’m stuck in a negative funk, I find things that make me feel good and bring out my positivity. Whether that’s getting outside in the fresh air, reading a book or pushing myself in the gym, being happy and having a positive mindset also leads to more opportunities for myself. I also make sure I surround myself with positive people who have a positive mindset.
Once you get that positive mindset on track, watch the rest of your life change. Because positive thoughts lead to positive actions, which create positive outcomes.
Did this post help you? Do you choose to look on the bright side of life? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email?