By Jarueba Taylor
There is a lot to be said for the power of positivity. The way you think directly affects your entire outlook on life and how you handle your state of being.
“A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.” ~ Gandhi
Negative energy and its effects.
People generally either fall into the positive or negative mindset category. Your positive or negative mindset is how you view your everyday life and how you handle things based on that. Far too often people allow themselves to be trapped into a negative mindset. What that means is no matter the situation a person will see the negative side to it.
Are you a negative thinker?
The way you think even goes further in how it affects, because it also impacts heavily on your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that negative thinking can have a severe impact on impairing cognitive thinking. When the brain is faced with difficult tasks, negative thinking has been shown to hurts your ability to process information and think clearly. People with higher incidences of negative thinking have also been shown to have higher levels of anxiety and depression.
Kill the negativity
One of the best ways to be happier and more successful is to “kill the negativity”. You need to start thinking and doing things in a more positive manner. Like attracts like so the more positive energy you put out, the more that will come back towards you. Conversely if you think negatively and surround yourself with negative energy you will find more and more negative things happening to and around you. Killing negativity will not only raise positivity but will also raise happiness.
Make sure you eat healthier.
Healthier eating has been shown to have a direct link to more positive and cognitive thinking. If you start eating healthier more than likely you will be taking in better nutrients for the body. Make sure you are taking in more vitamins and minerals through your foods. Vitamins like B have been shown to have a positive impact on mood health. Minerals like Zinc and Magnesium have been shown to boost hormone levels and aid in more restful sleep and recovery. Adding good fats into your diet has been shown to lower cholesterol level, improve heart health, balance hormone levels, and reduce some of the effects of a diet high in bad fats.
Set aside time during the day to exercise.
Exercising is great for your heart and muscles. The stronger these are the easier it is to perform daily task or live a mobile functional life. An inactive body is a body that performs in a negative way. Exercise not only has a positive effect on the body but also releases endorphins in the brain that elevate mood. All you need is a good 20-30 minutes a day.
Get more sleep.
Sleep is one of the most important factors when it comes to mood and being positive. A body that is overtired from lack of sleep functions at 45-50 percent of its normal capabilities. When a body is sleep deprived it can’t recover, it can’t handle stress, and its thought process in certain situations is much slower. Lack of sleep over extended periods of time have not only been shown to increase negative thoughts and lack of productivity but also takes years off your life.
Limit your exposure to negative people from your life
Most people have someone in their life that is the “rain cloud” to their sunshiny day. The one person or people whom always will see the negative side to EVERYTHING. If you do not have someone like this in your life, consider yourself very lucky. Having negative people in your life is probably one of the most psychologically damaging things that can happen to a person. The effects of having negative people in your life can be felt years and years later. The effects can even be felt in outside relationships and even relationships you have yet to have. It is very common for people to bring childhood negativity into their adult lives and even influence the lives of their children with it. Changing the negativity or breaking this pattern is probably one of the toughest ones for most people. No one is saying to completely get rid of friends and family that are negative, but what is being said is you are going to have to learn to deal with them in a different way if you want to be a different person. If these people in your life are bringing more negative to your life than positive you may want to start limiting your exposure to these types of people. “You are the company that you keep.” If you want to be more positive then you will need to limit your access to negative people in your life.
Do something helpful or nice everyday
A great way to get into a positive mindset is to do something positive every day. Give a random person a compliment every day. A few kind words can make someone’s day without you even realizing it. Lend your skills or knowledge to help someone. It doesn’t even have to be something big, but the slightest bit of help may be monuments to someone who may not have your knowledge on something.
Start the day with positive reinforcement
One of the best ways to develop a positive mindset is to make sure you start the day with one. First thing when you wake up reinforce your positive mindset by saying something positive to yourself to start the day.
“Today is going to be a good day.”
“I will be successful today.”
“Today I will be more positive and more focused.”
While these are a few examples, you can say anything to yourself that is going to get you in that positive frame of mind. As soon as you get up, and before you do anything say your positive words to yourself.
By doing this you are subconsciously reinforcing a behavior that will put you on a path to act and look at things from a positive view. By starting your day from a position of positive reinforcement, you are more likely to have a more positive outlook on the day. This little psychological change has been shown to improve people’s productivity, success rate, and ability to handle stresses better.
Life Is Good
People’s behaviors are dictated by their thought processes. How you think will directly affect your outlook on life. You can look at life from a positive point of view or a negative point of view. You want to avoid trapping yourself in a negative frame of mind. A negative frame of mind can be counterproductive to your psyche as well as your physical health. If you want to put yourself in a more positive frame of mind there are a few simple things you can do that may help. With a little practice and consistency using some of these tips you can have more of a “Life Is Good” outlook in no time.