A positive mindset is a powerful thing. Anyone that has ever taken on a transformation can tell you that it is challenging and at times it can be difficult. Having positive mindset can help you through those hard times.
The Science of Positive Mindset
While many think that positivity is merely a bunch of made up hoopla, science would beg to differ. Researchers have found that having a positive outlook can affect many aspects of our lives including:
- Increased mindfulness
- Having a life of purpose
- Increased social support
- Decrease in illnesses symptoms
- Increase life satisfaction
- Decrease in depression
Other research has found that positivity can increase life expectancy and even success.
Guess this gives credence to the adage that money can’t buy happiness, but then again maybe we just have the idea backward.
And did you know that a positive mindset can actually lead to more possibilities? Interestingly, a negative reaction or emotion can close off the mind to resourcefulness. Basically, when we have a negative reaction the brain automatically goes to a default response, which then limits the ideas that we can come up with to handle a situation.
I don’t know about you, but I get thrown a curveball every once in a while. Sometimes it’s minor and other times it can be a doozy that will knock me flat on my…Anyway…By having a positive mindset I can think things out to be able to come up with some sort of solution.
Developing a Positive Mindset
As with many things in life, it’s as much an art as it is a science. I definitely wasn’t always able to think things out, but there’s help for you if you’re willing to invest in creating this habit.
It takes time to change your thought process so that it becomes automatic.
Here are a few tips:
- Hang out with positive people.
- Negative people will drag you down with them, believe me I’ve seen this time and again. On the other hand, positive people will lift you up and inspire you to be better. Ask yourself, which do you want?
- Create goals and strive for them.
- By focusing on the future that want instead of the past or things you don’t have you are able to think more clearly about what it is that you really want.
- Make a plan.
- Yes, things will come up. Remember the curveball up there. Think about the things that may happen to throw you off track and create a response to the situation that will put you right back on track.
- Respond, don’t react.
- Reacting is negative thinking. Take a breath. If it’s an emotional situation, try to limit this, it really messes up your ability to think logically. Place yourself on the outside. Kind of like watching a movie, when the character blows up and you say ‘I would have done X,Y, and Z.’ That’s the idea. It takes practice, lots of practice to get this down.
- Expand your knowledge, creativity, and self-confidence.
- Challenge yourself in new ways. Expand your horizons. Learn something. Try something new. Above all, accomplishing something that you’ve always wanted to try.
- Do something that makes you happy.
- Get a new book, do your nails, cook your favorite food, etc. Just do something just for you.
- Stop negative thoughts in their tracks.
- Negative thinking is a habit, just like positive thinking. So, whenever you start to have a negative thought turn it around into a positive. Especially the thoughts you have about yourself. We are way harder on ourselves than anyone else.
- Create affirmations.
- This can sound really cheesy, but it’s not like you have to go around saying them to everyone in the room all the time. Think about something that makes you smile. Look up quotes if you need to.
- Be kind and smile.
- Open doors for others. Say please and thank you. Give compliments. You know how someone complimenting you can change your day? It works for both people. And it’s infectious.
- Be grateful.
- Be truly thankful for what you have everyday. Take a moment to think about where you are in life. Even when you don’t have much you have more than others. Think about what really matters and mean it. You can even start a gratitude journal and write at least one thing you are thankful for each day.
- Exercise is a great way to increase your happiness and positivity. It can be just a short dance off or a full blown workout, just get up and move. Bonus points if you can get outside in the sunshine.
- Be Patient.
- This is a marathon not a sprint. It takes time to develop a positive mindset, just like any other habit. Keep working at it and know that if you have bad days you can think of Dori “Just keep swimming.”
Having a positive mindset can really help during a transformation. Or at any point in daily life. It takes practice, but is definitely worth adopting to help you enjoy the process.
I’d love to hear how you work on having a positive mindset in your life’s journey or transformation process. Share in the comments below.