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5 Ways to Think Positively

5 Ways to Think Positively
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Positive thinking is all about an emotional and mental attitude that focuses on the good. It’s about anticipating and foreseeing happiness, health and success by training yourself to adopt an abundance mindset and then cultivating gratitude for your own successes.

Let’s look at how important the power of positive thinking is. It can even go on to make or break an individual because your thoughts affect your actions. Your actions then translate into whether or not you succeed, as well as influence the quality of your personal relationships and how you view the world at large.

Positive thinking can be cultivated by the following steps:

1. Take Control of Your Physical State


Positive thinking is as much about your body as it is about your mind. Take control of your physiology by taking full pride in how you present yourself. Work on your posture to keep a healthy spine and give those around you non-verbal cues that you are feeling strong and positive. 

2. Adjust Your Mindset


Adjusting your physiology is only one part of the puzzle; it is highly critical to catch negativity triggers in their very opening stages. Your mindset governs what thoughts flow through your head and how you feel and react to each one of them. If your mindset is poor, everything around you will also seem to be worse.

You can choose to focus on the negatives or the positives of any scenario, but if you choose to focus on what is bothering you, it will begin to negatively impact your life. You will also attract more negative situations and in turn negative people. You will then forget that you can empower yourself to tackle any situation and start believing that positive thinking is out of your reach. By consciously choosing to focus on positive moments; you reframe your thoughts, cultivating a mindset that is open rather than closed off.

3. Study Your Habits And Form New Ones


You will not be able to form new habits and harness the power of positive thinking if you are totally unaware of your current ones. Are there situations that set you into a negative spiral of self-doubt? Do you react to situations openly or use defense mechanisms?

Self-doubt is almost always rooted in fear that is often the fear of failure. If you do give in to these negative thoughts, you might not fail but you will stagnate, which is even worse. If you fail, at least you learn something. If you stagnate, you will not. So, instead of getting swayed into the pattern of negative thoughts, you can completely redirect your energy by developing empowering habits that encourage positive thinking. 

4. Choose Your Words Carefully


One habit that is essential to positive thinking is transforming your vocabulary. The words you choose both in conversation and in your own mind have a deep impact on your mindset. Positive self-talk improves the psychological states of the brain and helps to regulate emotions.

Before you can choose different words, you need to recognize what words you are already using. When you recall your vocabulary and use words that are less emotionally loaded, you will find your mindset becoming attuned to more positive thinking.

Do you find this aspect of positive thinking overwhelming? Start with just one area of your life that causes negative thoughts, like work or your relationship. Catch yourself in those moments, and build from there.

5. Look To Those You Admire


Think of someone who has a profound impact on your life. Maybe a close friend, family member or someone you have never met, like a celebrity, a professional athlete or a renowned entrepreneur. Have they unlocked extraordinary lives due to positive thinking habits?

They most likely have used the power of positive thinking to find the success they seek and you can, too. When you feel yourself falling into negative habits and cannot quite seem to figure out how to think positively, pull up a quotation from someone you respect. Read it to determine how you can best encapsulate it.



Positive thinking is a mental attitude towards thoughts, words and images that are conducive towards growth, expansion and success. A positive mind engages in happiness, health and a successful outcome during every situation and action. The past is gone and the present is what we have now, so we must make the most out of it. For when you're feeling down and negative, hopefully these tips will help you find the positives in your situation to live a more positive and happy life!


The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible and achieves the impossible. - Winston Churchill.

Written by Trishna Patnaik
Trishna Patnaik has a BSC (in Life Sciences) and an MBA (in Marketing) by qualification but is an artist by choice. A self-taught artist based in Mumbai, she has practiced painting for over 14 years now. Trishna is also an art therapist and healer and conducts painting workshops across Mumbai and other metropolitan cities of India.
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