A tricky subject. Easy to offend those who struggle with it. There is no obvious way to improve your ability, unlike exercise. Why am I am even contemplating writing about it? That is a good question and one I asked myself. Then I thought about what positive thinking meant to me and how differently someone else might answer the same question. I came to the conclusion that there must be ‘different levels’ of positive thinking.
The benefits are unquestionable and I am lucky enough to experience many of them on a daily basis.
*Confidence that things will always work out for the best.
*The ability to smile without realising I am doing it which has an infectious affect.
*A healthy sleep pattern because tomorrow is just another day. it might be scary, exciting, happy, sad….but it will pass just like today
*Listening to others problems and being able to see the ‘up’ side whatever it may be and totally believe in it.
*Accepting emotions as part of life that makes us stronger. The good, the bad and the ugly!
*Understanding that kindness is key to my happiness and bitterness has no place in my heart.
Those are just the ones that spring to mind. I know we can all look up the benefits but reading what they are is very different from experiencing them.
How many benefits can you think of that affect the way you live?
More importantly, how many negative thoughts dictate the way you live?
Compartmentalisation of the mind is extremely difficult in my opinion and it is a well known fact that men are better at it than women (they were born that way). Over the years I have come to accept that my mind appears to be a jumble of thoughts and emotions all bumping into eachother! My theory is that like in cooking, the strongest ingredient gives the flavour of the food. If the strongest emotions and thoughts are positive you end up with a happy cake…!! That’s not quite science but I hope you get my point?
Can you become more positive without studying the subject. Possibly. It must depend on how many ‘positive ingredients’ you already have. If your stock is low then to purchase more you may have to put some time and effort into it.
I do not pretend to understand the complexities that make the difference between positive and negative people. I do appreciate that what happens in your life can shape how you see the world. But. There is no disputing the fact that positive people are happier, no matter what their circumstances.
To make this blog worthwhile, be honest with yourself and ask the question. How positive am I? Let me know what you concluded. It will be fascinating.