DOES POSITIVE THINKING REALLY WORK??

My Dad would get up every morning, grab a cup of Joe, sit at the kitchen table, stretch and say, “I feel good, I feel great.” Constantly, throughout the day he would say that. Every time we were out and someone asked how he was, he would automatically smile and say, “I feel good, I feel great” followed by jolly laughter. The other person would always have to smile and immediately pep up. He actually made them smile and feel better. Just being in his presence made a person feel good and want to do better at whatever they were doing. Dad’s uplifting vibe was contagious. Everyone adored him and wanted to be there best whenever around him. One day I asked Dad, ” Why do you always say that?” His response was a bit confusing until I started saying it and got the same results. Dad said, “It’s not going to do you any good to complain, nobody wants to hear that. You tell yourself that you feel good and that you feel great, and soon enough that is how you will feel.” Keep in mind that Dad was old school. He believed in hard work, treating others the way you want to be treated, RESPECT, and you are only as good as your word. I wish everyone was that way, but unfortunately, I have faced the fact that Dad was a rare breed. Dad didn’t know that he was using positive affirmations to support his positive thinking. Positive affirmations are basically a form of auto-suggestion, and when practiced deliberately and repetitively, they reinforce chemical pathways in the brain, strengthening neural connections. Positive thinking not only makes you feel better about yourself it also relieves stress, which in turn, improves your quality of life. For positive thinking to work it’s good to know if you are optimistic or pessimistic. If you are pessimistic, don’t worry, positive thinking skills can be learned. By using positive thinking, you learn to see the good in a situation instead of the bad. You will start realizing that you can make things happen and you can accomplish your goals. I practice self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your mind. These thoughts pop into your head automatically. What you want to do is learn to make these automatic thoughts positive, not negative. I start my day with positive affirmations shortly after I awake. Some of my favorite affirmations are: “I feel good, I feel great.” “I love myself and I love my work.” “I am making things happen.” and “Change is good.” Always remember that you can’t expect change while doing the same old things. Positive thinking has some amazing health benefits, because it teaches you how to cope with stressful situations better. Some of the health benefits are that you live a longer life, depression levels drop, feelings of distress drop, your cardiovascular health improves, and you coping skills accelerate. Positive thinking helps you stop blaming yourself when something bad happens. This is how I started learning to reprogram my mind to positive thinking. There are many different methods used, but I found this one worked for me. To start, make a list of the area’s in your life that you want to improve or change. Like for instance, things you dread to do but know must be done. Next, look up some positive affirmations on the internet and find the ones that fit your circumstances and that you like best. Write down 3 positive affirmations next to every challenge area you have listed. Try to find a way to put a positive spin on every negative area. Learn to catch yourself throughout the day thinking negative in one of your improvement area’s. Stop thinking negative and start repeating the 3 positive affirmations in your mind. Before long this will become automatic. Start repeating positive affirmations in the morning while getting ready for work. Learn to weed negative people out of your life and surround yourself with positive people. Doing this one thing alone will help you stay more positive, achieve more goals, and make you happier and more active. Instead of thinking, “It’s to complicated” learn to think “I’ll tackle it from a different angle.” Instead of thinking, “There’s no way this will work” learn to think “I can and will make this work.” Always remember, where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you think positive then you will attract positive. Remember like attracks like. So if you’re thinking negative, that is what you will attract. Meditating will clear your negativity and allow room for positive thinking. Motivate yourself everyday with a pep talk. Keep a journal on your positive thinking progress. Stop noticing all the bad stuff, this is negative thinking.. “Always stop and take time to smell the roses”, one of my grandmother’s famous sayings. It works. When you catch yourself thinking extremely negative, immediately stop, inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Do this 4 times nice and slow deep breathes. This will allow you to clear the negative thoughts from your mind, now start repeating your favourite positive affirmations. As many as you want, for as long as you can. This is one of my big-time anti-stress techniques. Before you know it you will be automatically doing this, like a habit. These are just a few of my personal tips for positive thinking. Check out some of my links below for tips on positive thinking, positive affirmations, self-help, and health and wellness. <a href="http:////pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js

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