Positive Thinking = Positive Life


This post is written by our Senior Editor, Rachel Kempton.

“All that we are is a result of what we have thought.” ~ Buddha

Did you know that if you want to live a longer life, and be healthier, happier, and more successful, all you have to do is THINK POSITIVE!

More and more people are turning to positive thinking because it is a powerful tool for transforming your inner self and your external life and circumstances.

In fact a study by Stanford Research Institute, found that success is 88 percent positive thinking and only 12 percent education, which suggests that optimistic people use the power of their mind – and positive thinking – to turn their dreams into reality.


So how can we be more positive in our every day lives? Here are our 10 top tips…

1. Only use positive words when thinking and talking. Use words such as, ‘I can’, ‘I am perfectly capable’, ‘it can be done’, etc. And replace ‘but’ which tends to negate everything that came before it with ‘and’ which usually works just as well and is more positive.

2. Focus on positive thoughts and feelings and disregard the negative. Every time you find a negative thought/worry wandering into your mind, acknowledge it and immediately replace it with a positive thought or mantra. Ie: Change ‘This is impossible…’ or ‘I’m no good’ to ‘This is possible’ or ‘I’m good at this I just need to practise’.

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” ~ Willie Nelson

3. In conversations, use words that evoke mental pictures of:

  • Strength – like courage, boldness, bravery, wisdom, hope, adventure, really living, achievement, following your dreams
  • Happiness – laughter, joy, fun, excitement, love, kindness, gratitude, passion, doing what you love, inner peace, contentment
  • Success – satisfaction, hard work, action, pleasure, rewards, fulfilment, goals

4. Use visualisation. Whether you want a promotion or to run a marathon in under four hours, before you make, or act on any plans, you need to visualise clearly in your mind what you want the outcome to be. What does success look like? What exactly do you want to happen – the details are all important! If you visualise with concentration and faith, you will be amazed at what happens!

“Imagination is everything. It is a preview of life’s coming attractions.” ~ Albert Einstein

5. Bad news: don’t buy into the drama. Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be. As AJ Willingham, CNN, comments in When bad news gets to be too much: The truth is, in an age of unfettered access to the worst of humanity, we have to act as our own gatekeepers if we want to stay sane.”

When something bad happens it’s natural to feel powerless, sad, and angry and it’s easy to rant on social media or take an emergency coffee break to put the world to rights. But moaning and complaining only breeds negativity and adds to the heavy energetic cloud already hanging over us. By focusing on love, not fear, and engaging in activities (no matter how small) that do good, help improve the situation, or make us feel better, we give some positive energy back to the world around us.

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~ Viktor E. Frankl

6. Spread your light by encouraging others in every day life. Look, listen, smile more, show you care and lift people up by saying things like:

  • “I always admire you for the way you…”
  • “Oh, that’s fantastic; please show me how you do that…”
  • “What was your inspiration for this amazing piece of work?”
  • “I wish you could teach me X, Y & Z…”
  • “I love that you’re always so cheerful/optimistic/practical/organised.”

“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~ Henri Nouwen

7. Mingle with like-minds. Have you ever noticed how attractive and likeable someone is when they have a positive attitude? They have a natural tendency to look at the cup as half full, not half empty. Every situation they experience, even negative ones, turn into something they are grateful for. Positive people tend to be some of our biggest influencers in society and some of the world’s most successful people. Their special charisma comes from how they react to difficulty and challenges and how they use every experience as a stepping-stone towards a better future.

Negative people, on the other hand, drain your energy and prevent you from reaching your positivity potential. By being aware of this and surrounding yourself with confident, positive people who share the same vision and focus, you’ll be amazed by how much more inspired, motivated and energized you feel on a daily basis.

8. Do things that light you up. As author and spiritual guide Rebecca Campbell says: “If you love smelling flowers, smell flowers. If you love writing, start writing. If you love organising events, put on a show. If you love making art, get out the pastels. If you love raw food, start chopping. If you love taking pictures, snap happy. If you love dancing to classical music with a beat, give me a high kick. Don’t feel like you can only do one thing. Give your multi-dimensional soul what it craves. Do them all. Don’t do it for a reason or an end goal, do it because you love doing it. Follow what you love without knowing where it will lead. When you follow what you love, The Universe will pick up on your expanded feelings and send you more things to match your newly found expansion.” Read our inspiring interview with Rebecca here.

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9. Stand tall. Good posture exudes confidence and helps foster a more optimistic outlook. Walk and sit with a straight spine and shoulders back and exercise regularly. Even if it’s only light exercise, physical activity releases all kinds of positive endorphins that can do wonders for boosting your mood.

10. Expect success. When you expect success and focus on it, your world will rearrange itself accordingly. On the other hand, if you focus on the possibility of failure while working toward success, you will send your brain mixed signals. This means that your efforts to succeed will be negated because you are subconsciously expecting to fail.

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change by merely changing his attitude.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

The SecretTaken from The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

One of the great things about people who think positively and live happy lives is that they love to help others do the same. There are countless positive-thinking books and we especially love the ones recommended by Lifehack in 15 books about positive-thinking you need for a happy life.


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