by Kara Masterson, Contributing Writer
Positive thought is more powerful than you can ever imagine, and the science supports this. It gives you a significant boost in productivity, improves your physical and mental health and helps you achieve the success you seek. These are five points everyone should read about why the power of positive thinking is both strong and important, and how you can harness it to succeed in your own life.
It Benefits You in Numerous Ways
Positive thinking has been proven to have a number of benefits for your mind and your body. For example, people with a more positive outlook are less likely to develop heart conditions, experience less stress and ultimately live longer lives. It sounds bogus, but plenty of scientific studies have backed it up over the years. Positive thinking is inextricably linked to good health. It turns you into someone people will actually want to be around and gives you a better ability to cope with stress and hardships in life.
It Is Infectious
One great thing about positive thinking is that it is infectious. It influences the lives of those around you for the better. Think about it: aren’t you happier when you are around other people who are happy? You can be that person for others. Improving the lives of those around you is always a noble goal, and if you can do so while improving your own life, what are you waiting for?
Have Goals and Strive to Meet Them
In order to keep yourself optimistic but still realistic, setting goals and then mapping out ways to reach them is an important step in harnessing the power of your positive thinking in order to succeed. All the positive thinking in the world won’t have an impact on your life unless you act upon it. Rather than waiting for a problem to resolve itself or thinking it will never go away when it actually can, you need to take action to do better. Successful actions beget positive thought, because you will now know that such achievements are possible.
Surrounding Yourself with Positive People Is Key
Surrounding yourself with positive people can, understandably, increase your own positive thinking. You should always be looking to cut negative and toxic people out of your life. If you cannot, you will have to find ways to manage it so their moods do not affect yours. However, it is still advised to distance yourself from these people, no matter how close to them you are.
When surrounded by positive people both in your work and personal life, you will feel better and more valued, like you can conquer the challenges of life. You can also attend seminars and listen to motivational speakers like Dallin Larsen and others. Take steps to bring positive people into your life in any way possible.
Learn to Identify and Manage Negative Thoughts
You are going to have a more difficult time harnessing the power of positive thought if you are unable to recognize and deal with negative thoughts in a healthy manner. For example, when something bad happens, we tend to blame ourselves. This is a type of negative thought called personalization and can be dealt with by working to realize that many bad things that happen in our lives are beyond our control.
Another example is when you focus only on the negative elements of a situation and not the positive ones, or when you always assume the worst is going to happen. Once you identify these negative thoughts, you can learn to manage them and replace them with positive thoughts instead.
Positive thinking affects far more than your mood. It also affects your physical and mental health, the way others see you, your job performance and so much more. Everyone, but especially proud pessimists, need to read and seriously consider the preceding five points on positive thinking. It’s a powerful tool you can add to your arsenal in order to succeed both professionally and in everyday life.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.