September 13 is Positive Thinking Day: Tips for Keeping the Right Mindset!
Even the most positive, forward-thinking people could use a reminder every now and again about the power of positivity. Thursday, September 13, is Positive Thinking Day and is the perfect time to reflect on the benefits of positive thinking and recommit to the affirmative thinking habits that make life more pleasant, productive and peaceful.
Tips for keeping a positive mindset
Maintaining a positive thought cycle is challenging for even the most naturally upbeat people. Life can be frustrating, difficult and downright depressing! Learning how to work your way through the daily doldrums of repetition and frustration can help you free yourself of negative behavioral patterns and live your best life.
If you’re struggling to keep a positive mindset, here are a few tips to bear in mind that can help you live a more engaged, fulfilling life:
- Start the day right: One of the most significant things you can do to equip yourself with a more positive outlook is by getting the day started off right with a series of affirmative thoughts. Whether you choose to read a few inspirational quotes or decide to journal your favorite highlights from the week, investing a few moments in positivity each morning can go a long way toward setting your thought process for the rest of the day.
- Filter your self-talk: Self-talk, also called an internal monologue, is the constant stream of thought that flows through your conscious mind. Learning how to identify negative self-talk and filter it out of your stream of consciousness is an important step that you can take toward living a happier and more productive life. It’s important to replace filtered negative self-talk with positive, affirming messages.
- Look for the good: Eventually, something bad will happen to you. It’s a fact of life. Whether your car breaks down when you need it the most or you stub your toe on the door, it’s easy to lose your positive frame of mind. That’s why it’s important to look for the good in every situation, regardless of how frustrating they may initially appear. Sometimes, just looking for a little bit of humor in the midst of a frustrating day can reframe unfortunate events into something to laugh at.
- Surround yourself with positivity: Maintaining a circle of positive, healthy friends, co-workers and mentors is essential to your positive mindset. We’re only as positive as the people who surround us; it’s utterly essential we seek out other people committed to positive thinking. If you’re looking for a way to boost your positive mindset, it’s always nice to know you can go and consult with your friends, mentors and colleagues.
Realizing the benefits of positive thinking
The benefits of positive thinking are well-documented. While it’s easy to see how maintaining an affirmative attitude may be psychologically beneficial, keeping a positive frame of mind is actually an easy way that you can invest in your physical health, as well. Here are just some of the benefits associated with positive thinking to keep in mind on this day dedicated to it:
- Improved ability to reach goals: If you’re struggling to meet your fitness goals, advance your career or finish that book you’ve been working on, it’s probably time to analyze your thinking and start filtering your internal monologue. Often, positive thinking provides us with the boosts we need to reach our goals. Thinking about your aptitudes and abilities allows you to more easily move past challenges.
- Reduced stress: Stress is deadly. If you’re frequently stressed out, your hormones are likely out of balance and your heart and other organs are likely working harder than necessary. Taking the time necessary to invest in positive thinking is the best way to reduce the amount of stress in your life. Reducing stress can improve your lifespan and help you avoid a number of substantial health risks.
- Healthier habits: Negative thinking often contributes to a slew of bad habits. Whether you’re spending too much time on the couch, eating unhealthy foods or sloughing off your responsibilities, there’s no shortage of ways negative thinking can adversely impact your quality of life and your long-term health outcomes. An essential component of positive thinking is self-love; if you’re learning how to love yourself, you’re more likely to engage in healthy habits.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate this year’s Positive Thinking Day, try reframing your self-talk and starting the day with a dose of affirmative thoughts. Investing in positivity is the best way to start yourself on a path toward healthier living, both physically and psychologically.