Being positive is the key to success. Yes, it sounds a bit cliché, and surely there will be days that are not going our way. But the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been proved by multiple scientific studies. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood and even reduce the development of mental illness such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorder.
Believe it or not, being positive is our choice. With a few changes in your habit and lifestyle, you can achieve an effective way of thinking. Here are five tips for you to adapt and find your way to meet a positive mindset.
Start your morning with a positive tone.
How you start your day sets the tone for the rest of the day. Getting a good night sleep is essential. If you woke up late, panicked, and unprepared, you have already started your day with a negative emotion that will be carried into every other event for that day.
You might feel silly at first, but a study shows, talking to yourself can improve your self-esteem. Talk to yourself in the mirror, for example, "Today I will achieve my target" or "It is going to be a great day for me". Give it a try!
Find the good in the bad.
To create a positive mindset is to focus on the positive side, however wrong or small the situation. For example, you see a car driving carelessly, instead of bad-mouthing the driver how about assuming them having an emergency. If you get stuck in traffic, think about how you now have the time to listen to the rest of your favourite podcast. The ability to find good in the bad is the start to achieve a positive mindset.
Turn a bad situation into humour
'Cry now, laugh later', everything bad today will eventually improve tomorrow. Remind yourself that this situation will probably make for a good story later and can be told as a joke.
Let's say, you lost your purse; imagine the burglar is wearing your purse cat-walk style. Things are meant to happen, and it's up to you how you handle it.
Failure is a lesson for the future.
Everybody makes mistakes and experience failure; everybody is not perfect. Do not focus on how you failed but focus on what you're going to do next time. By doing this, you will get better in what you do. For example, when a particular project is considered a failure, you could come up with a new set of rules to avoid the same mistake.
Find a positive partner, friends, mentors and co-workers.
Surrounding yourself with positive people will give you a positive outlook, stories and affirmations. To attract positive people, you must first eliminate the negativity in your life. It would be best if you had the desire to improve the positivity of others and let their positivity affect you the same way.
There you go, those are five tips that you can apply for starters and increase your positive attitude. Positive thinking offers a high return in your life. The more often you practice it, the greater benefits you'll realize.