I strongly believe in the power of positive thinking. In my experience, people who see the glass as half full rather than half empty are much more enjoyable to be around. Positivity attracts us, while negativity repels. Whether at work or home, a positive attitude builds us up, while a negative one tears us down. In this article, I’ll explain what positive thinking is, why it’s so important, and how to develop it in ourselves and our children. I’ll also share tips on maintaining positivity even in difficult times.
What Is Positive Thinking?
Positive thinking is a mental attitude that focuses on the bright side of situations and life. It doesn’t mean never having negative thoughts, just not dwelling on them. Synonyms could be optimism or enthusiasm. While positive people tend to be optimistic and enthusiastic, the key is finding positives in any circumstance. They use positive self-talk and project upbeat energy.
Why Is a Positive Attitude Important?
There are many benefits to positive thinking when it comes to health:
- Increases lifespan 11-15%
- Lowers depression
- Strengthens immune system
- Improves coping skills and cardiovascular health
It also benefits mental health and wellbeing by:
- Building self-esteem
- Increasing motivation
- Boosting happiness
Clearly, positive thinking leads to living longer, healthier, happier lives. If you want to thrive, you need the power of a positive attitude.
How to Be More Positive
Here are some tips to build a habit of positivity:
Keep a gratitude journal of things you’re thankful for. Make it part of your morning routine.
Laughter releases feel-good chemicals that uplift your mood.
Focus on the Good
Look for the bright side of challenges. Dwell on positive outcomes.
Identify Negative Triggers
Notice thoughts/behaviors that bring you down. Create plans to manage them.
Teaching Kids Positivity
We must also teach kids positive thinking. Here are some tips from dad Tyler Jacobson:
Encourage a Growth Mindset
Praise effort and improvement, not just achievement. This builds resilience.
Recognize Small Wins
Compliment diligence and growth vs pressuring high expectations.
Show kids people value positivity over intelligence or skill alone.
Teaching positivity young helps kids succeed as adults. Thanks, Tyler!
Staying Positive Through Hard Times
Positivity takes daily practice, not just a week. Make it a habit, and it will sustain you through challenges. But it’s never too late to start!
Find the Silver Lining
Even in difficult times, look for positives. They help shift your mindset.
Tough days pass. Consider the bigger picture. This too shall pass.
Some quotes for inspiration:
“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking.” – Zig Ziglar
The benefits of positivity are clear. Try to purge negativity and adopt an optimistic mindset for a better, happier life. Compliment others’ positivity. What are your best tips for developing a positive attitude?