Positive Thinking

Dr. Purushothaman
October 3, 2013

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? Well this is a very old question,but how you answer this question decides what kind of thought process you have.

Positive thinking simply means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more constructive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your mind every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of prevailing situations or circumstances you are facing right now.
Focusing on positive thinking
Turning negative thinking into positive is a process. The process is simple, but it does take time and practice — you're creating a new habit, after all. Here are some ways to think and behave in a more constructive and optimistic way:

Identify areas to change. If you want to become more optimistic and engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you typically think negatively about, whether it's work, your daily commute or a relationship.
Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you're thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
Follow a healthy lifestyle. Make it a practise to do exercise daily for sometime affect your mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.

Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you.
Do not get angry about your critic: It is your critic who is the best person who tells you your negative points better than you also.Hence,listen to him & taking it positively try to eliminate the points mentioned by the critic
There are lot of advantages of Positive Thinking:
Increased life span
Lower rates of depression
Lower levels of distress
Greater resistance to the common cold
Better psychological and physical well-being
Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Friends, no courses,books,speakers,gurus etc can help you in making a positive thinker,it is you who has to change your thought process.I am confident you can do it.Just start believing in yourself & start looking yourself as a winner today onwards & one fine day,Success will come to you.

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