Do you want to learn how to think positive but aren’t sure how to get started? Positive thinking exercises can help you to spark an optimistic revolution in your brain. When you think positively, you will in turn experience positive emotions like happiness, contentedness, and joy. These feelings and thoughts have been shown to improve your physical health by strengthening your immune system, and contribute to mental stability. When you think about it, you’ve got nothing to lose by thinking positively – except your negative thoughts, that is! The following exercises can help you to get in an optimistic mind frame.
1. Accept the Past
We’ve all made mistakes. But how we deal with those mistakes is what sets some people apart from the pack. If you feel swallowed up by emotions – regret, guilt, or anger – at the thought of your mistakes, you might not be dealing with them in the best way possible. Instead, you need to claim your past, including your mistakes, and move forward. The only way to really grow is to learn from your past, accept it, and move on. People who are truly happy don’t have any regrets, because they recognize the value of their failures in addition to their successes.
2. Practise Stillness
When you make your mind Still through meditation, you enable yourself to ‘turn off’ defeating, negative, or harmful thoughts. It’s a filtering process that leaves you with nothing but bliss and contentment. A clear mind, achieved through Stillness, is one of the most important tools at your disposal to help you inspire positive thought. By moving to a higher state of consciousness you will naturally assume an optimistic mindset.
3. The Future is Now
Part of the power of positivity lies in the fact that people who think positively are hopeful about the future. Are you? Do you dread staying at the job you’re at? Do you welcome change? Do you see yourself in the same position in ten years? Recognize it when you are forecasting doom and gloom for your own future, because it isn’t going to help you. And, just because you’ve experienced failure in the past, doesn’t mean failure is written into your future. Maintaining a hopeful outlook is one thing you can do to ensure that you put your best foot forward.
4. Use Positive Words
Changing the way you speak might seem hard, but it can actually make a profound change in your life. You might not even realize it when you’re saying something defeating. Starting phrases with “I can’t …” is one thing that a lot of people do that can serve to create unnecessary obstacles. When you talk like someone who can’t do something, of course you won’t do it. When you affirm yourself by saying “I can …” or “I will …” your body re-uses the energy from those statements in order to help you accomplish the things you want.
5. Use Meditation to Inspire Positivity
Meditation has been shown to help people feel happier over the long term. People who meditate are able to deal with stressors easily, and often take a positive approach when they face obstacles. By engaging in Stillness-centered meditation, you can learn how to effectively quiet your mind and you actually get rid of the buildup of negative programming that you’ve been exposed to throughout life. Quieting your mind opens you up to natural positive energy and you can access the source of unbounded cosmic intelligence. You will start to see your own potential in a positive light.
Positive thinking exercises can help you, but the most important thing you can do for yourself is learn how to practise Stillness. Find out how to here with our 21 day meditation program