There have been numerous studies showing how important positive thinking is to one’s overall wellbeing. I am sure we have all experienced uplifting moments that were a direct result of positive thinking. However, it is not always easy to have a positive outlook all of the time. The following are some tricks that I have learned throughout my life to try to keep myself thinking positive.
Recent research by Fredrickson, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina and her colleagues has revealed that people who meditate daily display more positive emotions than those who do not. As expected, people who meditated also built valuable long–term skills. If you are not experienced with meditation and want to give it a try, start slowly with deep breathing, try going on youtube and looking for videos to help beginning meditation. Or just go to the beach, zen out, count your breathing and get started! Another great way to have a more positive mindset is through writing.
There was a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality; it examined a group of 90 undergraduate students who were split into two groups. The first group wrote about an intensely positive experience each day for three consecutive days. The second group wrote about a control topic. After three months, the students who wrote about positive experiences had better mood levels, fewer visits to the health center, and experienced fewer illnesses. And let’s keep in mind this was only three days of positive writing. Imagine what could happen with more!
Another aspect that adds to ones happiness and positive mindset is not forgetting to enjoy life and play. Remember to schedule time to play, and do the things you love. We schedule meetings, conference calls, weekly events, and other responsibilities into our daily calendars. There is no reason not to schedule time to play. When was the last time you blocked out an hour on your calendar just to explore and have fun? Being happy is just as important to overall health and wealth of life as those office meetings. Let yourself smile and receive the benefits of positive emotions. Schedule time for you. Schedule time for adventures so that you can experience contentment and joy, and explore and build new skills.