A positive mindset can change your life.
And when it comes down to it, our minds are often our masters.
A positive mindset, or a negative one, has a lot of power over our lives. The way we think impacts everything from our relationships to our work to the way that we view the world.
So, let’s talk about some ways that a positive mindset can change your life.
3 Ways a Positive Mindset Can Change Your Life
Want to be a great boss or co-worker? Or how about a great spouse/partner, parent, and friend? What about just a better version of you?
A positive mindset has the power to change your life in wonderful ways. Below are 3 benefits of a positive mindset.
It Improves Relationships
It doesn’t matter if it’s at home or in the workplace, negativity is toxic.
When your thoughts are perpetually negative, it shows. A bad attitude hurts everyone, not just you. Human beings are very perceptive, and no one wants to feel tension—especially when it’s coming from someone else!
That’s why pursuing a positive mindset is so important. Rather than pushing people away, positivity allows you to shine like the sun and draw people closer.
Now of course I understand that this isn’t always easy. We all have days where everything seems to go wrong. The car breaks down, the kids are sick, your best friend is mad over something you said. We’ve all been there. It’s in these moments that we need to practice self-reflection the most.
Next time you’re in a situation where life is dragging you down, try the following:
- Write it out. It’s amazing how powerful releasing an emotion can be. Next time a you experience something that impacts your mind negatively, write it out. Pencil out what happened and what about the situation is causing you to feel the way you do. Then write about what you learned from this experience. Lastly, reflect on the value. What I mean is: something bad happened and now it’s over. How will it serve you to continue to hold on to that particular problem? And what power might you gain by releasing it?
- Talk it out. If the issue involves another person, talk it out. There’s nothing worse than passive-aggressive behavior. Seriously, nothing! If something is bothering you, own it then express it to the other person involved. Note that I said the other person involved. Don’t call your mom, or your sister, or your best friend—go to the source! Nip issues in the bud as soon as possible. You might even be surprised to find how much this practice improves the quality of your relationships!
- Meditate it out. Some issues are manufactured from our minds alone. That is: we literally create problems where problems do not exist. And guess what? This is completely normal. Michael A. Singer, author of The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, believes that focusing on our consciousness can help. He recommends using meditation to move beyond the problems in our minds. New to meditation? Here is a great article on getting started.
It Eliminates Stress
Feeling stressed? A positive mindset can change that!
The benefits of mental positivity are overwhelming (in a good way). But eliminating stress is perhaps one of the best benefits. Because really, who wants to feel stressed out? Ever?
Here are some tips from The Mayo Clinic on how to shift from a negative to a positive mindset:
- 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 usually think negatively about, whether it’s work, your daily commute or a relationship. You can start small by focusing on one area to approach in a more positive way.
- 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. Aim to exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week. You can also break it up into 10-minute chunks of time during the day. Exercise can positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn techniques 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. Think about things you’re thankful for in your life.
It Cultivates a Healthier Life
Happy people are healthier!
According to a study published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine by Carnegie Mellon University Psychology Professor Sheldon Cohen, “people who are happy, lively, calm or exhibit other positive emotions are less likely to become ill when they are exposed to a cold virus than those who report few of these emotions.”
Positive people also sleep better, enjoy better relationships, eat better, and are more physically active. What’s not to love about having a positive attitude, then?!
Are you ready to enjoy a better life? Try out the tips in this article! Then check back in and answer this question: how has your life improved since you kicked out the negativity and adopted a new, positive mindset?