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How to Think Positive – 18 Effective Tips

How to Think Positive

Do you sometimes wonder how to think positive, and how to stop thinking negatively?

Do you ask often ask, “how to think positive?”

If your predominant thoughts tend toward the negative, you should consider to stop this tendency. This habit might have started from an early age, making you an unhappy, grumpy and unsatisfied person, but you can stop it.

Negative thinking leads to unhappiness, stress and passivity, while a positive state of mind leads to happy frame of mind, motivation, energy and to greater chances of success.

You might ask whether it is possible at all to change the way you think. You might want to know how to think positively.
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Is It Possible to Think More Positive?

The answer is yes, it is possible, and the fact that you are reading this article means that you want to change your mindset.

As you begin to change the way you think, you become more optimistic. This give you the key to changing and improving your life, because everything starts in the mind.

In this article, you will find some effective, simple ways to change your mindset. Changing your mental attitude will affect your mental health in a favorable way and develop a positive outlook.

Tips on How to Think Positive

I would like to suggest a few tips on how to think more positive. Read them a few times, and try to implement them in your life. Every day, try several of these tips. With persistence, after a while, you will start to see your mindset and attitude changing.

1. Emotional and mental attitude
Display a more good emotional and mental attitude toward yourself, toward other people and toward external situations. This means displaying more self-esteem, more respect to people, and striving to accept everything more calmly and with a positive and happy attitude.

2. Negative inner dialogues
Refuse to participate in negative inner dialogues. It’s just a waste of time and energy. When you catch yourself thinking negatively, switch to positive thoughts.

3. Don’t allow anything to affect your state of mind
Don’t allow disappointments, difficulties and obstacles affect your moods and state of mind. Learn from them, and then go on without giving up.

4. Don’t allow negative thinking
Refuse to occupy your mind with negative thinking. Either replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts, or engage yourself in some activity that will take your attention away from the negative thoughts.

5. Other People’s thoughts and words
Do not allow what people think and say affect your feelings and state of mind. You can find advice and guidance about this topic, and how to stop taking things personally, in the book, “Emotional Detachment for Happier Life“.

6. Avoid people who sap your energy
Associate with people who bring something of value into your life. Avoid people who sap your energy and enthusiasm. If you cannot avoid them, learn how stay emotionally detached when your are in their company.

7. Say positive things
Say positive things about yourself and about other people. Think positively about yourself, about your abilities, and about other people.

8. Compliment people
Compliment people when you feel they deserve it. Compliment people for their work, actions and success. This will make them like you more.

9. Faith in yourself
Have faith in yourself and in yourself and in your abilities. If you failed in the past, it does not speak about the future.

More Tips on How to Think Positively

10. Do things in a different way
Try doing things in a new or different way. Doing things differently than how you usually do them, will help you be more creative, adventurous and enthusiastic, and therefore, more happy and optimistic.

For example, go to a different restaurant, eat different food, change the way you dress, start reading a new book, or find a new hobby.

11. Read about successful people
Read about people who overcame hardships and succeeded in life. This will motivate and inspire you, and help you think more positively.

12. Set goals
Setting goals is important. No matter how impossible these goals might seem at the present moment, believe you can achieve them, and keep yourself busy working on them.

13. Congratulate yourself when you achieve a goal, small or big
Think about each goal you accomplished, and congratulate yourself about it. Each accomplished goal, no matter how small it might be, will bring you more confidence and self-esteem.

14. Find new ideas
At least once a day, try to come up with more new ideas on how to think positively in various situations, and how to act and behave better in various situations.

15. Imagination and mental images
Be careful what kind of mental images you allow into your mind. What do you imagine in your mind?

How you see yourself and your life in your mind, how you visualize and daydream, affect your conscious and subconscious minds, your attitude, and eventually, your life.

Looking at the mental images in your mind is like watching a video, which ultimately, comes true. Replace the old video with a new one that is better, happier and more successful.

16. Surround yourself with positive people
The kind of people that you meet affect your mindset, moods, thoughts, feelings and behavior in many ways. Avoid negative people, and seek to surround you with positive people.

17. Positive self talk
Positive self talk is a method for motivating and encouraging yourself, and rejecting negative thoughts.

It is a technique of focusing the attention on solutions and expecting positive results, instead of focusing on problems and expecting difficulties.

Repeating positive words and statements, instead of occupying the mind with useless or negative thinking is the key to developing positive self talk and rejecting negative self talk.

18. Analyze your behavior and attitude
Ask yourself why you are repeating habits and attitudes that make you suffer. There is no need to follow patterns of behavior that hurt you and make you suffer. You can change them into habits and attitudes that are constructive and which improve your life.

Positive Thinking Is the Key Improving Your Life

As I already said, when you learn how to think positive, you gain the key to changing and improving your life. New constructive thoughts and ideas will rise in your mind, and you will experience more energy, motivation, and positive changes to your life.

It is easier to keep a positive frame of mind when things go well.

It is tougher to do so when you are in the midst of problems, difficulties or obstacles. In such times, negativity rises its head.

In difficult times you will need to put more effort, attention and patience into changing your attitude and thought patterns, and keep them constructive and optimistic.

If you strive to be more positive every day, especially when you are not under pressure, stress or strain, it will be easier to do so, when things are tough. As you go on training yourself, this attitude would turn into a habit.

Like everything in life, positive thinking requires practice. It is not as difficult as you might think, it is fun, and the rewards are great.

You can find practical and clear guidance on how to become more positive in thoughts and in action in the book Positive Thinking – The Power to Succeed. It is a small book that it has the potential to change your mindset completely.