The power of positive thinking is not to be underestimated and if you take some time out to do a serious self evaluation you will be surprised at how much negative thinking we do on a constant basis. I was inspired to write this post after going through a period of my life where my negative thoughts tormented me. I was recommended some books from a close person to me and it put me back on course.
Positive thinking, contrary to popular belief, is not about seeing the world out of rose tinted glasses and ignoring every negative thing! Positive thinking is our outlook on life and helps us deal with things. Optimism and Pessimism are the two main influential outlooks we can have on life.
Positive Psychologist Martin Selligam uses the ‘Explanatory Style‘ method to explain positive thinking. Your Explanatory Style is how you explain why events happened:
- An Optimistic Explanatory Style would mean you would give yourself credit when good things happen and blame outside forces for bad outcomes.
- And a Pessimistic Explanatory Style would mean you would blame yourself when bad things happen but fail to give yourself adequate credit for successful outcomes.
Positive thinkers are able to use both styles but at the right time. So for example a person who is generally a positive thinker might use a more pessimistic explanatory style in particularly challenging situations, such as at work or at school. Blaming yourself for events outside of your control can have a detrimental affect on your well being. However being realistic is more advantageous.
The power of positive thinking can be seen in a various ways but most importantly it helps our health. We can have a longer life span, lower rates of depression, increased resistance to the common cold and better stress management and coping skills. And those are just a few. Our thoughts are powerful because they shape our perspective on life which then virtually effects everything.
If you don’t believe me, then read ‘Change Your Words, Change Your World’ by Andrea Gardner. Its under a fiver on Amazon Kindle and its a short read for those of you who hate reading! ‘Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It’ by Kamal Ravikant is an excellent read, showing you how positive thinking can change the way you treat yourself and see yourself.
Positive thinking does not happen over night and it takes practice. Instead of feeling hopeless or overwhelmed, positive thinking allows you to tackle life’s challenges by looking for effective ways to resolve conflict and come up with creative solutions to problems. But it is great to start somewhere and I hope this article inspires you to start changing your life now. If you have any books or advice to offer, feel free to drop a comment.
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