This is something that I have been pondering about recently – most of our failures tend to stem from our negative assumptions. To put it simply, we often dig our own grave.
Positivity is such as strong driving force in our life, that one Barbara Fredrickson, a distinguished professor of psychology wrote a paper title ‘Positivity: Groundbreaking research reveals how to embrace the hidden strength of positive emotions, overcome negativity, and thrive.’ So for those that believe positive thinking to be a mere spiritual matter, or that defined in self-help books such as The secret, think again. Positive thinking is more than just a dinner-table discussion. It is a scientific topic, and as Barbara shows in her research paper, experiencing positive emotions in a 3-to-1 ratio to negative emotions leads people to achieve what they once could only imagine (Source).
If you think positivity only helps your personal life, think again. It affects businesses too! Check out this paper.
So as promised, here are quick 11 tips for positive thinking:
- Visualize your end goals. What is it that you want to achieve? Try and perceive that you have already achieved all that you want, and you are happy.
- Use affirmations. A book by Michael Anthony called How to be happy suggests using this affirmation – I am always truthful, positive and helping others. I have been trying it for the last 2 weeks. It really works, try it!
- Know that you control your own fate, and no one can lead your life better than you can.
- You are growing, you are always growing. Accept this and learn to appreciate change, for change can make you better than you are now.
- Help others. It is often said that helping others is the quickest and sure-fire way of feeling positive and happy. Try helping a stranger; you will realize the power of your actions.
- Neglect and ignore negativity – including negative people. This can sometimes seem more difficult than it should be, especially if the people close to you are negative. But trust me; you will do well to shun negativity out of your life.
- Compliment people when you think they deserve it. (Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you)
- Make it a point to reward yourself for every goal you accomplish.
- Thank those around you for adding value to your day, and in helping you to grow. Even if you have to mutter it quietly, do it.
- Surround yourself in a positive environment – plants, greenery. Eat healthy too, it will have a tremendous effect on how you feel.
- Finally, Always look on the bright side of life: Monthy Python articulate it better than I do, so start turning lemon into lemonades.