Think Positive: 11 Ways to Boost Positive Thinking
Once you truly learn to harness the power of positivity, it has an amazing impact on your life.
Each of us have a set of messages that we play over and over in our minds. Our internal dialogue plays a part in our overall happiness, the decisions we make and how we view the world. Thinking positive takes practice and once you learn to focus on the good; you keep attracting more of it.
So how do we begin to change our mindset to be more positive? These eleven positive thinking exercises will help to boost positive thinking and attract more positivity in your life.
1. Write in a gratitude journal everyday
Before you go to sleep each night, write in a gratitude journal the three things you are thankful for that day. By reinforcing what you are thankful for, you attract more positivity. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to practice this before sleep at the same time every day.
2. Replace negative words with positive words
This takes practice, so the more you can use positive words instead of negative words – the easier this will be! For example, you can swap “issues” or “problems” for “challenges.” This is a more positive way of saying something negative. There are a few words you should remove from your vocabulary that are dis-empowering; try, can’t, hate.
3. Surround yourself with positive people
Positivity attracts positivity. If you’re tired of feeling weighed down by the negative people who are around you, it’s time to start attracting positive people into your life! They say you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. How true is this for you?
4. Say thank you to everyone for everything
The smallest thank you is always worth more than the effort it takes to give it. By being thankful for what you have, you’ll end up having more. This is a simple one to practice every day. How many times are you not saying thank you when you could?
5. Appreciate what you already have right now
Don’t wait for the perfect body, job or bank balance to appreciate what you have. Love yourself now; exactly as you are. If we are constantly on the hunt for the next thing to make us happy or love ourselves, we would never be happy! Appreciate what you have right now and love yourself in this very moment.
6. Practice being present in every moment
This is one of the most beneficial practices but also takes time to perfect. Mindfulness is definitely a buzzword at the moment. What it actually means is to practice living in this very moment and not thinking about the past nor the present. This allows you to be completely at peace and content with where you are that very moment.
7. Carry yourself with positive posture
When you see someone who is down, sad or upset – what does their posture look like? When you see someone who is happy, upbeat and joyful – what does their posture look like? By carrying yourself with positive posture, standing up tall with your head up, you are immediately lifting your vibration and energy to be more positive.
8. Smile and laugh often!
This one is free and is such a good one to practice! SMILE and laugh often! The very act of smiling allows us to be happier. Smiling and laughing are powerful yet simple ways to remained balanced every day. When we smile and laugh, we support our physical, mental and emotional health.
9. Do something kind every day
Take time to do something kind every single day. This may be something as simple as opening a door for someone, smiling at them or saying hello! It’s amazing how much joy we can get from doing something kind for someone every day. It could be someone you know or a complete stranger.
10. Write a thank you message to someone in your network daily
This one is one of my favourites. Write a note to someone in your network daily. It could be a friend that you are super thankful for, a colleague who has really supported you at work that week or a family member that has helped you with the kids. Don’t wait for a specific reason – just remind people in your life that mean the world to you, that you are super thankful for their friendship.
11. Start the day with positive affirmations
You can literally speak things into existence. That means you can speak positive things into existence too! Start your day with saying 5 minutes of positive affirmations like:
- I am worth the money
- I have the power to create change
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu
Thanks for reading this post. Let me know below which of these you have tried and if you have a favourite tip that you’d like to share 😊.