Today is your day. There is no time to waste. Live your life to the fullest. Be positive. Love yourself.
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How many times during our social media existence do we read these common quotes and/or motivational terms being shared in status updates and pics? The trait by many internet self-promoters to greet their prospective audience using positive motivational quotes when trying to achieve shameless self promotion has become a rampant practice. For many, you who have come to know my heart, I would hope an understanding of altruistic love and transparency has been created between us. To the new visitor, I would like to think of myself as one of the original, true well wishers on the electronic highway, and I believe this mantra has become a part of my lexicon, or so I hope.
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If we think about it, humans seem to have a predisposition to negativity. We pay far more attention to dark emotions like anger, sadness, pain, and disappointment than we do to great feelings like joy, gratitude, and contentment. Think about how bad news stays with us, but good news tends to expire. A picture of a beautiful sunrise in the morning will be long forgotten by the afternoon, but a violent crime far away can haunt us for years. Believe it or not, there is science behind this, Neuroplasticity is an interesting occurrence in which our brains change, shape, and form, depending on our circumstances. What’s even more intriguing, if thoughts are repetitive, our brain will connect synapses that weren’t previously stimulated to associate those thoughts with other behaviors and turn them into habits. For example, if you hate your job and you work in a auto shop, over time you will find that you despise the site of cars but In actuality, you don’t — but your brain has decided that since you are constantly upset when surrounded by the smell of a fresh brew, the brew itself must be the problem. With this information comes the harsh lesson that when we are sad, suffering, or in emotional pain, it’s because we choose to be. Negativity is addictive, even though positivity is so much nicer to feel. We spend too little time appreciating our joy and being happy. We tend to believe that thinking positively and being happy is not a habit — rather, it’s a celebration, which of course, at this point in the writing, you are probably figuring out is actually NOT the truth.
The writer Soife Angevaare is a talented young lady who I believe has summarized a 6 step approach to The Power of Positive Thought that, if followed, can help build (to coin the famous Simon & Garfunkel song) a bridge over trouble waters to find a more positive outlook when landing on the other side.
6 Tips To Train Your Mind For Positive Vibes:
Meditation might just be the best way to clear negativity from your life and bring about emotional and spiritual recovery. Meditation rejuvenates the mind, makes us more resilient, and rids the body of harmful chemicals that cause stress and anxiety; it centers us. Think of it this way: if your mind is wired to be miserable, meditation would be the reset button that allows you to unplug, switch off, and tune out. Then, you can easily learn, through meditation, to turn your brain back on and tune into positive thinking frequencies. Meditate often enough and a lot of damage will be undone, leaving you with a clean slate which you can then paint with your own colors — the colors of happiness, of course!
2. Be Thankful
Innumerable studies have proven that gratitude makes us happier human beings.
It floods our brains with dopamine, the one chemical that has the potential to drown out the negative thoughts and anxious feelings we too often carry throughout the day. Gratitude invokes the law of attraction. Remember, like attracts like. If you make an effort to be grateful, you will find that you will be blessed with more things to be grateful for. A fantastic way to consciously practice gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal. Every night before you to go to sleep, list everything you were grateful for throughout the day. Over time, you will see your lists become much longer! Having a gratitude attitude is really using the power of positive thinking to it’s highest degree.
3. Be Kind
Just like with gratitude, kindness has also been proven to make us happier and less stressed. Studies have also proven, time and time again, that kindness is contagious. If someone is kind to you, you will be inspired to pay it forward, and the person who receives your kindness will feel the same, so on and so forth.
Kindness also inspires gratitude and makes us more inclined to be grateful, so if you are truly struggling with positive thinking and finding something to be thankful for, do a good deed for someone else — you will notice immediately how great it makes you feel.
4. Take Time for Yourself
Part of the reason why it’s so easy for us to be miserable is that we place more importance on empty things than we do on the wellbeing of our souls.
Using the example of your job again, if it makes you unhappy, what are you doing to combat that negativity? Are you setting time aside to focus on your hobbies and passions, or are you vegetating in front of the TV during your downtime?
We often forget that if we have the energy and willpower to slave away for eight or so hours a day with little reward outside of financial gain, we could easily spend an hour or two a day doing what we actually enjoy. Again, remember the law of attraction — like attracts like. If you hate your job, but all you ever do in your waking hours is work, you will be unhappy. However, if you designate certain days or times just for pure pleasure, you will begin to look forward to those moments rather than dread everything else. You must decide to take care of yourself spiritually because no one else can.
5. Stress Less
Imagine stress as fire, and all other negative and unhealthy conditions such as sadness, anger, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, and addiction as the smoke.
Extinguish the flames and the smoke will dissipate. Fan the flames, and the smoke will thicken. Stress is usually the sole cause of everything that goes wrong in our lives, and as with emotional distress, it is usually self-inflicted. If you work too hard, you will be unhealthy: sleep too little, you will be exhausted: neglect your family or friends, you will feel lonely. So why not rid yourself of most negativity by just choosing to relax? Drink plenty of water, eat balanced meals, exercise, meditate, and enforce a rigid sleep routine on yourself. Don’t bite off more than you can chew, and follow the previous advice of taking time for yourself. When stress leaves your body, your cells regenerate more efficiently. Less stress is literally more healing.
6. Talk Yourself Up
Tell yourself at least once a day that you are beautiful, talented, or just plain awesome. Do this for a while and you will come to believe it.
Pep talks work — they motivate, inspire, and uplift. There is no reason why you can’t perform pep talks for yourself. You don’t have to exaggerate or lie to yourself, but the simplest way to do this is to view the glass as half-full. For example, the next time something goes wrong, instead of telling yourself “This is bad,” instead affirm, “I can handle this” or “I will be okay.” Laugh in the face of sadness (even if it’s forced) and more laughter will follow. What you tell yourself, you will believe. So be kind.
The Power of Positive Thinking is not only a must for living a strong, healthy life but it also can change your world and the world for those around you. It goes beyond mere quotes and status updates. We need to think positive thoughts in the same way we associate healthy living with going to the gym. If we feel that our bodies need a tune-up or conditioning, society has no problem running to the gym and paying membership fees. Well, this writer would argue the necessity for our mental health to be in order far outweighs that of mere body sculpting. It also can be argued a 1000 hours at the gym is a waste if you are mentally fragile. Strength of mind and body is a symbiotic must for living and one without the other is like a boat in the water with no rudder.
The Power of Positive Vibes can change our lives for the better. Think Positive, Be Positive. Once you replace negative thought with positive, you’ll start having positive results and who doesn't want to be the big winner, right? Positive vibes will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. It is the only way to achieve true happiness and the life you always dreampt of. On that note, it is obvious there is enough substantial evidence provided to support the reasoning on why you need to start living your life one positive thought at a time, so, go forth dear minions, with the understanding, the only way to achieve all of this is simple...
It starts with you.