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The secret to being happy for the most part of your life is to keep your brain happy – and this is backed by scientific research. Although the positive thinking concept may seem too farfetched for some people, it really helps one to anticipate success, prosperity, goodness, and happiness. When all these good results happen to you, naturally, you become healthier and your wellbeing is evidently boosted. But life, as we know, may not be kind all the time. Sometimes, you might find yourself in certain situations that make it hard to think positively. But, what if we told you that you can teach yourself valuable positive thinking techniques to stay positive even in the toughest of situations? Interested? Let’s dive right in.

Take Control of Your Imagination

Psychotherapists use this technique and you too can perfect it. Instead of thinking “I can’t do this”, think “With practice, I can be good at this”. Never allow negative thoughts to creep into your mind and take control of your imagination.

Negative thinking can hit you strongly and make you turn and twist events in your head in every negative scenario possible. If you can learn how to direct your thoughts to create a happy, positive image, or give yourself positive feedback, you can keep the negative thoughts in check.

Forget the Past, Focus on the Present

No matter how badly things went in the past or how dark your past was, there’s nothing you can do now to change it. The trick is to learn from those mistakes and move on with your life. If you encountered painful times in the past, don’t let those moments define your future. Instead, let those painful times help build your resilience to cope with whatever life brings along. Learn to focus on the present, and by this I mean, this exact moment. Forget what happened one minute ago and just be in the ‘now’. You’ll discover peace and find that the situation is not as bad as you’d thought. Whenever you feel the negative thoughts starting to build up, replace them with constructive ones.

Practice Positive Affirmation Skills

Positive affirmation is a form of positive thinking technique that helps you believe in yourself. It involves repeating a set of positive phrases whenever you’re in doubt or in a tough situation to uplift your spirit. Your brain processes information in the present moment, that’s why positive affirmations should be in present tense. Here are a few examples of positive affirmations that you can practice daily:

  • I have my dream job
  • I never give up
  • I enjoy life to the fullest
  • I am attractive
  • I am lovable and loving
  • I love my body
  • I love everything about my body
  • I believe in my skills and abilities
  • I am a winner
  • I can do this
  • I dare to be different

Smile

Smile and then smile a little more. Get in front of a mirror and just smile. It helps to redirect your mind into thinking positively. Find humor even in the most impossible scenarios and let it be a happy moment to help you smile. Crack a joke when you feel tensed or your imaginations start running wild with negative thoughts. Just think of something weird, strange or ridiculous and smile.

Do Yoga or Meditate

Research shows that people who meditate daily are happier than those who don’t. Meditation and yoga can help you become more mindful or be in the present. In turn, this helps with positive thinking. Most people who practice yoga or meditation find themselves more calm and relaxed.

Treat Your Body Like a Queen/King

You only have one body and one lifetime to live. Do right by it and practice healthy living to ‘reward’ your body. Start by eating well-balanced diets as much as you can. In addition, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Doing something positive to your body uplifts your self-esteem and sparks positive thoughts about your wellness.

Surround Yourself with Positive Thinkers

Someone once said, show me your friends and I’ll show you your future. This statement holds true in that the people you spend most of your time with, are most likely to shape your thinking. That said, if you surround yourself with positive thinkers, chances are high that negative thinking will shrink off and you’ll build strong positive thoughts.

Final Thoughts

Positive thinking is a process that may take time to learn and perfect. At first, you may experience resistance and difficulties trying to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. But, don’t give up. If you persevere, the end result will be beneficial. Encourage yourself and eventually, you’ll get there. Learn positive affirmations and practice them regularly. They will help to keep you going. Learn to start your day with a positive attitude even if you encounter something unfavorable. The positive thoughts will conquer negative thoughts and improve your situation. Remember to focus on the good things and don’t hold on to negative thoughts.

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