How positive are you? When you look at a situation are you able to see the good in it? Have you developed positive thinking? Are you able to learn from the situation and vow to do better going forward? Positivity can be beneficial in several ways of your life.
1. Renewing Your Mind
I believe this scripture Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. There are so many scriptures in the Bible that help to keep your mind positive. Reading daily scripture and memorizing them have been so helpful and rewarding to me.
2. Stress Management
Do You Have a positive outlook? Do you feel stressed? Have you tried positive thoughts. Are you doing anything about it? What have you tried? According to Mayoclinic.org., positive thinking can lower levels of distress and pain, give greater resistance to illnesses, provide better psychological and physical well-being, provide better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke.
3. Positive Thinking
Do you have a positive attitude? I recall talking with my grandson at one of his school events. He told me, “This is such a good day, I am having so much fun, but something is going to mess it up.” I then responded to him by saying, “ Don’t think like that. You deserved this so enjoy it.” Sometimes our thoughts can sabotage us.
I recall another incident talking with my same grandson. It was around Christmas time and my grandson made the statement he was having a hard time finding something for family members. He then said, Granny I saw so many things that I know you would like. It is not hard buying for you.” Sure enough the gift that he chose for me was perfect. He gave me a box of positive affirmations and I tell him often. “I love the gift.” Did you know that comparing yourself to others does not help positivity? According to inreachinc.org, you might consider reaching out to a friend to check-in in for a positivity boost.
I recall someone saying, “I cried because I had not shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” When I think about that quote, I realize there is so much in the world to be thankful for. I think of those that do not have enough to eat, those that do not have any shoes. I often recall my pastor saying when his family move to Flint as a child he would walk to a place with his mother, but he had not shoes. I was so blessed that I did not know what it was like to not have shoes. I often hear people say, “If I only had what “Jim” had.” Instead they should be grateful for what they do have. I often tell my children when I first married we did not have a washing machine nor a car. So we took a cab to the laundromat. I was happy though. Sometimes children have no idea what their parents did not have so they may find it difficult to be grateful for what they do have.
According to health.harvard.edu gratitude is a way for people to appreciate what they have instead of always reaching for something new in the hopes it will make them happier. They further add writing a thank-you-note or writing a thank-you-letter can make an impact on your life and you might want to make it a habit of sending one gratitude letter a month. I know there are times when eating out I will find an exceptional waiter or waitress. I believe this is a time to tip big to let them know that they are appreciated. Everyone wants to feel appreciated.
5. Positive Thinking
Think about it. Are you a positive thinker? I was not always a positive thinker. It has taken time and a lot of practice. Did you know that positive thinking can help with greater problem-solving skills? Webmd.com further adds to smile and focus on your strengths. Although everyone has weaknesses everyone also has strengths. What are your strengths? Have you accessed what they are and have your utilized them? Is it difficult for you to smile? Smiles can be uplifting to you as well as to others. I observed the other day I smiled at a toddler in his mother’s arm. He immediately smiled back and continued to stare and focus on me. Try smiling at someone that is not smiling. What is the response.?
I recall taking a class and afterwards talking to the instructor. Her response to me, “I am so glad to see you smile, during the class your expression looked as though you were mad at everyone.” I can truly say a smile does make a difference.
One study of 1,558 older adults found that positive thinking could also reduce frailty during old age according to verywellmind.com. They further add that practicing mindfulness to become self-aware of your thoughts and actively replace negative thoughts with positive ones that can help you eventually to become a more positive thinker. Will it be easy? The experience will be different for every individual. Was it easy for me? No it wasn't but as I practiced more and more it became much easier. So practice, practice, and more practice.
Groups can be helpful in some situations. I recall attending a group session with a relative that I wanted to support. I eventually explained to her I could no longer attend because even though I attempted positivity in the group there were far too many negative comments constantly being made and it affected me for the worse. You need to be mindful of your friends and your company that you keep. Are your friends supportive and positive or are they negative and harmful to your health? You will have to answer that question for yourself.
My final question to you. Are you reaping the rewards of positivity?
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