Unlock The Positivity Power: Sure Way to Transform Your Life
Positivity is not about being a constant ray of sunshine, denying negative emotions or avoiding unpleasant experiences. Instead, it is about choosing to focus on the positive and cultivate a more optimistic outlook, despite the struggles we are faced with.
It is the practice of focusing on the good things in your life and learning from the negative. Intentionally shifting thoughts away from self-deprecating and belittling and simply being mindful of your life’s aspects. Observing our world, gratefully accepting what is in it and then consciously acting positively to improve our situation.
The ability to draw out lessons to better ourselves or find positive aspects of ourselves can be a potent tool. One that can make or break your mental growth as you face the challenges in all areas of life, from your relationships to your professional goals.
Thus in this article, let’s explore the benefits of cultivating a positive mindset and shed light on the simple, practical ways such a mindset can be achieved. If you are wondering why bother, our previous article titled “Overcome negative mind limitations; shifting your perspective matters” will give you plenty of reasons.
A Quick Note on Toxic Positivity
While positive thinking can be a powerful tool, it’s important to note that there is a difference between healthy positivity and toxic positivity. Toxic positivity involves denying or minimizing negative emotions and can be harmful in the long run.
It’s essential to allow yourself to feel and process negative emotions rather than trying to push them away with false positivity. Here is a link to an incredible 3 step exercise Single Mama Way has created to help you achieve this.
Healthy positivity involves acknowledging negative emotions. Then dust yourself off and move on with a focus on the positive aspects of your life and the constructive ways you can improve your future.
How Does Positive Thinking Help Us?
Positive thinking can have a powerful impact on our lives, both mentally and physically. Studies have shown that positive thinking can:
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
- Boost motivation and creativity
- Improve physical health by reducing stress and inflammation
- Enhance social relationships and communication skills
- Increase resilience and ability to cope with challenges.
By focusing on the positive or reframing the negative aspects of our lives, we can better cope with challenges and setbacks. We’re also more likely to take well-calculated risks in pursuing our goals, leading to tremendous success and fulfilment.
With all these benefits, you might be rearing to try this shift in perception. Cultivating positivity might, however, seem larger than life. Yet as many studies have shown, where our focus goes, our energy flows. Mindful application to a new habit or a way of thinking trains us to do so in time, without thinking.
Some of the below activities are thus worth investing our conscious effort into, as with time, they will become second nature. Even if, at the start, they feel awkward and clunky.
Cognitive Positivity Tools
One tool for boosting positivity is gratitude. Practising gratitude involves intentionally focusing on the things you’re thankful for in your life. This can be as simple as writing down three things you’re grateful for each day or reflecting on what you appreciate about your life. By focusing on the positive aspects of your life, you’ll naturally start to feel more optimistic and content. SMW Gratitude Journal is an excellent ready-to-print resource to achieve this skill.
Another tool for cultivating positivity is mindfulness. Mindfulness involves being fully present in the moment and non-judgmentally observing your thoughts and feelings. By practising mindfulness, you can recognize damaging thought patterns and replace them with more positive ones. This can help you feel more grounded and centred and improve your mental health.
Pairing mindfulness with visualization can take your practice to another level. Visualization involves imagining yourself achieving your goals and experiencing positive outcomes. You can build confidence and motivation by visualizing your future as you want. This helps you make decisions and take actions that lead to achieving your goals in real life.
Positive self-talk is a different technique for boosting positivity and resilience. Positive self-talk involves catching yourself and intentionally replacing negative thoughts with more positive ones. For example, if you think, “I’ll never be able to do this,” you can reframe the thought by saying, “I may struggle with this at first, but I’m capable of learning and improving.”
By intentionally focusing on positive thoughts, you can improve your self-esteem and feel more confident in your abilities. On particularly challenging days when the mind wants to keep returning to the bleakness, a positive mantra or affirmations can redirect the thoughts on automatic pilot. You can access some PDF files with a myriad of affirmations here.
Actionable Positivity Tools
Finally, surrounding yourself with positive influences undeniably benefits in cultivating your growth. Total removal of the naysayers from your tribe may not be possible, but minimize your time with them, at least initially. You’ll naturally feel more optimistic and content by surrounding yourself with positivity. Then you will be more resilient to the negative influence of others.
Seek out friends and family who are supportive and uplifting, and spend time engaging in activities that make you feel good. If you do not have such people, consider expanding your social circles. For example, look for in-person meet-ups, school or child care playgroups, and find a mentor or counsellor who can support you when you struggle most.
Book a supportive guidance session at Single Mama Way to receive one-on-one support with a single mother who, like yourself, has struggled and speaks your language. If this is not in your budget, follow the social channels (FB, IG, Pin, Lin) for regular uplifting, positive inspiration. Or sign up for the membership, with its many benefits, like tools, tips and other freebies.
In conclusion, positive thinking is a powerful tool that can help us achieve success and happiness in all areas of life. Focusing on the positive aspects of our lives and intentionally cultivating a more optimistic outlook can reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem and confidence, and improve our relationships and communication skills. It’s important to remember that positive thinking is not about denying negative emotions or experiences but rather about focusing on what we have and making the most of it.