In a world filled with external chaos and internal chatter, you can choose to discover calmness within. When you have no control over external circumstances, you will always have control of what goes on within. And, that’s where positive thinking comes to light.
When people take the ‘glass half full’ approach to life, they are also more likely to take steps to protect their health, such as exercising and making healthy choices. This may lead to a better and more fulfilled life. To find out how, check out these four benefits of positive thinking.
Positive thinking may boost confidence
The power of positive thinking allows you to take a step back, talk down fears, and feel more confident in yourself and your decisions.
Confidence comes from feelings of well-being and the belief in your abilities, according to Skills You Need. By harnessing positivity, you’ll begin to have more faith in yourself and can adapt to an “I can” mindset.
Another way to boost confidence is as easy as using positive language to boost your physical and emotional well-being. So try switching up your vocabulary for an instant positivity boost.
Take Control of Your Emotions
Do you ever catch yourself thinking negatively about a person or a situation, and the next thing you know, you’re feeling angry or upset? Don’t worry; it’s only natural! But, next time you become aware of this negative mindset, try to focus on the positives instead, and you’ll be able to take control of your emotions, according to WebMD.
For example, imagine you have one day off work each week, and on that one day, the rain arrives after the sun has been shining all week. You may initially think your beach plans with friends are ruined and feel frustrated.
However, you can see good in this situation by putting a positive spin on things. At least you still have the day off to relax and enjoy time with your amazing friends. The perfect example of replacing frustration with gratitude and shifting into a positive mindset.
Alleviate Anxiety by Releasing NegativeThoughts
Stress management and overall well-being can be improved by positive thinking, according to the Mayo Clinic. By letting go of what no longer serves you, you can create space for all the good to come.
That’s not to say that you should suppress negative thoughts altogether, as they serve a purpose. However, by acknowledging negative thoughts and understanding the message that they are sending you before letting them go, you can learn a lot.
So anytime that negative thoughts arise and cause feelings of anxiety, venture inwards and explore where these thoughts are coming from before seeing how you can see the positive in a situation.
Build Resilience When Dealing With Challenges
When faced with challenges in life, people often experience feelings of fear or frustration, which can cause a lack of motivation or stress. Yet, by moving through these situations and not allowing certain moments to determine your future, you can begin to build resilience.
Having resilience means coping with problems as they arise, and positive thinking can significantly help during these life issues, according to Skills you Need. A 2009 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that positive emotions buffer resilient people from depression and fuel their flourishing in the aftermath of crises.
Why not try it for yourself? Next time you are in a challenging situation, try to see how you can overcome the problem rather than give up. Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel or the silver lining? Then remember how you felt after this situation and carry this with you through life as a way of coping with stressful situations.
Allison Michelle Dienstman Goodnet.Org