Positive Thinking – How to Stay Positive
Most of us agree that positive thinking is essential to a person’s well-being, but how do we stay positive? Unfortunately, there is no positive pixie dust we can use to magically transform the negative nannies of the world. No magic wand exists for us to wave over the consistently cynical people we encounter every day. There is only personal choice, a personal choice to want better and to be better in every situation. There is always a choice, and the choice is key.
Simply trying not to be frustrated or not to have a bad attitude is just not enough. Counting to ten or going to a happy place is a good start but to successfully stay positive a choice must be recognized, and a strategy engaged. Every minute of every day, every single situation commands a choice. By making a conscious choice to look at the bright side of each situation in the beginning of your journey, you can train your brain to think positively. There is science behind this practice. You will also create good Karma for yourself and those around you. Certain scientists study how our brains can rewire themselves, so to say, when properly trained to think positively. Before you know it, your conscious choice to be positive not only becomes your reality, but it also becomes second nature.
What if you have a flat tire on your way home? If you get upset, and curse, and kick the car, you accomplish nothing. You will only become more frustrated and stressed out. This is not physically or mentally healthy, and you will still have a flat tire. However, you can choose to think positively. Perhaps this flat tire is keeping you from a horrible accident further down the road. Perhaps you were meant to cross paths with the person who helps you, maybe even for your benefit. You could also choose to remain grateful that you have a car when two-thirds of the world’s population does not.
My point is this. Positive thinking is a choice, even a journey into new territory for some. At least, it starts out that way, and every once in a while we all need a friendly reminder. Do whatever it takes to choose to be positive each day and in each situation. After a short amount of time, it will become habitual. At the end of thirty days you will be happier, healthier, and less stressed. Your brain will retrain itself to think positive so that you can reap all of the physical, mental, and emotional benefits.