Cut Info (Miscellaneous) For Positive Thinking Program


3/28/14: I am writing a very long tutorial on how to change your thinking, which will serve as a tutorial for the positive thinking tool. Since it is so long, it's important that I get a lot of useful keywords in it... But also that I cut out some of the more redundant stuff, even if a lot of it is good!!!

So, here is where I'm going to cut that stuff out...

Tutorial: How To Change Your Thinking (Positive Thinking Tool Page Cuts)


3/28/14: This is what the tutorial looked like, before I began chopping it!!!



This tutorial teaches you how to change the way you think so that you develop a more positive mental attitude and enjoy all the benefits of thinking more positively.

It also teaches you how you can use the Positive Thinking Tool to help you change your thinking even faster and easier.

But whether or not you decide to use the Positive Thinking Tool, this information will help you become a more positive thinker.

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life

Can you change the way you think?

Absolutely. You can easily learn how to change your thinking habits, if you want. But why do it, just because it's possible?

The purpose of changing your thinking from negative to positive is to change your life for the better.

You can do this with or without the Positive Thinking Tool.

The Positive Thinking Tool just makes it simpler, faster, and easier to do, and it helps you create changes in your thinking on a deeper level.

What is the difference between positive and negative thinking?

The main difference between positive and negative thoughts are the different effects they have on your life. 

Positive thoughts have a positive effect on you and your well being, while negative thoughts have a negative effect. For this reason, positive thoughts are useful to you, while negative thoughts are useless

For example, the positive thought 'I have a lot of strengths and capabilities' naturally makes you feel happier, more confident, and makes you more successful.

In contrast, the negative thought 'I have a lot of weaknesses and defects' naturally makes you feel worse, less confident, and makes you less successful.

So the first thought helps you in life, while the second thought works against you. 

Indeed, just imagine how much better off you'd always be, if you always thought the positive thought and never thought the negative thought.

Examples of negative thoughts & their negative effects

Negative thoughts can make you feel worse, less confident, and make you less successful. They can contribute to things like stress, anxiety, and depression, and make you feel nervous and uncomfortable in social situations.

Don't believe that a simple, little thought can have such a big, negative effect on your life? 

Just consider the negative effects of the following common negative thoughts, and appreciate how your life is always better in every way if you never struggle with this type of thinking.

5 Negative Thinking Examples

  • I'm not good enough
  • I'm a failure
  • I'll never achieve my goal
  • My life is awful
  • I can't handle people thinking negatively about me or rejecting me

If you don't struggle with these negative thoughts, that's great! But you can probably think of negative thoughts of your own that you would be better off without. 

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool helps you get rid of any negative thought that is specific and relevant to you.

You just enter in any negative thought, and it helps you get rid of it.

Examples of positive thoughts & their benefits

Positive thoughts can make you feel better, more confident, and make you more successful. They can naturally eliminate fear and anxiety, and make you a more calm, relaxed person who enjoys greater peace of mind, and who feels more comfortable in social situations.

Don't believe that a simple, little thought can have such a big, positive effect on your life? 

Just consider the positive effects of the following positive thoughts, and appreciate how your life is always better in every way if you always enjoy the benefits of automatically thinking this way.

5 Positive Thinking Examples

  • I'm definitely good enough
  • I'm proud of what I've achieved in life
  • I know without a doubt that I can achieve my goal
  • My life has a lot of great things in it that I am thankful for
  • I can easily handle people thinking negatively about me or rejecting me

If you already naturally think these types of positive thoughts, that's great! But you can probably think of other positive thoughts of your own that you would enjoy naturally thinking. 

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool helps you make it natural and automatic to think any positive thought that you want to start thinking.

You just enter in any positive thought, and it helps you start thinking that way naturally, so that you never struggle with trying to force or remind yourself to think more positively.

Why is it important to think positively?

Just as it isn't wrong to see a glass as half empty, or right to see a glass as half full, it often isn't wrong to think negatively or right to think positively. 

Instead, it's a question of what your thoughts do for you.

In a nutshell, negative thinking has negative effects on your life that you're always better off without, while positive thinking has benefits that you're always better off enjoying.

So, in this way, it's just smart and makes sense to think more positively, since you have a choice in how you think.

With this in mind, here are the 3 top reasons why it's always in your best interest to get rid of negative thoughts and to think more positively.

Click on any reason for more information.


  1. When you think negatively, your thoughts work against you: it's like you're running against the wind  

This is because negative thoughts make you feel bad, make you less confident, and make you less successful in achieving your goals.

Also, negative thoughts can contribute to stress, anxiety, and depression, and take a toll on your relationships with other people, especially since most people don't like being around others who think negatively and are always down.

The overall result is that your life is harder and less enjoyable.


  1. When you think positively, your thoughts work in your favor and help you: it's like you're running with the wind at your back  

This is because positive thoughts make you feel better, make you more confident, and make you more successful in achieving your goals.

Also, positive thoughts make you more calm, relaxed, and happier overall, and they improve your relationships with other people, especially since most people enjoy being around others who are more upbeat.

The overall result is that your life is easier and more enjoyable.


  1. When you change the way you think and start thinking more positively, you change your life for the better in a big way  

Even though it's often not right or wrong to think positive thoughts, it is certainly always much better to think more positively, since it eliminates all the negative effects of negative thinking, and gives you all of the benefits of positive thinking.

So this type of a change in your thinking can make a huge difference in your experience of life.

To appreciate this, let's say that a negative thought is worth -100 to your life, while a positive thought is worth +100.

If you get rid of a negative thought and start thinking more positively, this is more than a jump of +100. It is an immediate increase of +200, which is huge!

  • If all your life you've been thinking negatively, it's like you've always been running against the wind.
  • So life is hard for you. Challenging. Exhausting. Miserable. A non-stop struggle that never gets any better.
  • But you can change your entire experience of life very quickly.
  • Indeed, once you start thinking more positively, it's like you're running with the wind at your back, with the wind pushing you forward.
  • So life is easier for you. More rewarding. More enjoyable. More fun. And it's something that gets better and better over time the more you learn and grow.


Again, click on any reason for more information.

Why is it hard to think positively sometimes?

When you consider all the benefits of positive thinking, and all the negative effects of negative thinking, you would think that thinking more positively would be the easiest thing in the world for everyone.

After all, there's tons of benefits and no downside, so in this sense thinking more positively is an easy no-brainer.

However, people still often struggle with getting rid of negative thoughts and thinking more positive thoughts.

So here are 3 reasons why it might be hard for you to be more positive sometimes.

Click on any reason to learn more.


  1. You lack confidence in your abilities: you think you can't help or change the way you think  

If you have struggled with changing your thinking in the past, it is understandable why you might think that you 'can't' improve your thinking.

Unfortunately, though, when you think this way, you are less confident in yourself and your abilities. You also have less energy and motivation to even try to change your thinking to improve your life, since you believe you can't do it.

So the predictable result is that you don't change your thinking, and you remain 'stuck' with negative thinking that works against you.

For this reason, it's important to appreciate that you not only can change the way you think, but you already do it all the time, since this is what learning is all about.

Also, it helps you to understand that learning how to let go of negative thoughts and how to think more positive thoughts instead is a skill that you can develop.

Just by understanding this, you develop greater confidence in yourself and your ability to improve your thinking, which already helps you be more successful with changing your thinking.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool takes you through every step that it takes to change your thinking. By knowing exactly what to do every step of the way, you gain greater confidence in your ability to improve your thinking.

And the more you use the tool, and prove to yourself that you can, indeed, change your thinking, the more confident you become.

So you develop confidence the more you use it, and it doesn't take long before you become very confident in your ability to change your thoughts.


  1. You find it hard to let go of negative thoughts, even if you don't want to think them anymore  

It can almost feel like torture when you keep thinking a negative thought that you don't want to think anymore. 

But rest assured that your mind is not trying to torture or torment you.

The reason these types of negative thoughts keep coming back to you is that your mind sees some sort of value in thinking these things, which motivates your mind to remember them and bring it back to your attention.

In other words, your mind thinks it's doing you a favor, believe it or not.

So, the way to resolve this is to remove your mind's motivation to think a negative thought. You do this by teaching your mind why the thought is of no value to you, and why it no longer makes any sense to think this way.

After doing this, make a conscious, deliberate choice to stop thinking the negative thought.

This gets your mind to fully cooperate with you and to let go of the negative thought.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool walks you through the entire process of removing your mind's motivation to think a negative thought, and then helps you make a conscious choice to change your thinking.

By following this process step by step, it makes it very easy for you to let go of any negative thought and not deal with it anymore.


  1. You have to force or remind yourself to think more positively: it doesn't come naturally or automatically to you  

It can feel like work to think more positively, when you're always having to remind yourself to think a more positive thought.

And it can feel uncomfortable, unpleasant, and phony to think more positively, if you're trying to force yourself to think a positive thought.

Either of these scenarios decreases the likelihood that you will think more positively. But it's very simple and easy to resolve this. 

The reason you struggle with thinking positive thoughts is that your mind sees little or no value in thinking these things, which means your mind is not motivated to remember them or bring them back to your attention.

Also, your mind might not understand why it makes sense to think these positive thoughts.

In this way, your mind thinks it's doing you a favor by not thinking thoughts that it does not find valuable or sensible, and instead brings other more 'valuable' or 'sensible' thoughts to your attention.

So, the way to resolve this is to increase your mind's motivation to think a positive thought. You do this by teaching your mind why the thought is of great value to you, and why it makes complete sense to think this way.

After doing this, make a conscious, deliberate choice to start thinking the positive thought.

This gets your mind to fully cooperate with you and to think the positive thought naturally and automatically, without you ever trying to force or remind yourself to think that way.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool walks you through the entire process of increasing your mind's motivation to think a positive thought, and then helps you make a conscious choice to change your thinking.

By following this process step by step, it makes it very easy for you to naturally and automatically think a positive thought without ever reminding or forcing yourself to think it.



Again, click on any reason to learn more.

How to be more positive the easy way

The easy way to think more positively is to know exactly what steps to take to change your thinking, and then take the steps to do it.

To understand why it is so helpful to know what steps to take, think of it this way: if you know that there is gold in a forest, but you don't know where it is or how to get to it, it will seem hard or even impossible for you to get that gold.

But if you have a guide that takes you step by step on a quick, two minute walk through the forest and points to the location of the gold, it makes it extremely easy for you to get that gold.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool is a guide that always makes it fast, simple, and easy for you to be more positive, since it takes you through each and every step to get to a positive change in thinking.

The result is pure gold!

3 ways to be more positive

There are three basic ways that you can think more positively:


  1. Get rid of a negative thought that makes your life worse and works against you
  2. Think a more positive thought that makes your life better and works in your favor
  3. Get the best of both worlds: replace a negative thought with a positive thought

This last way is the most powerful way to improve your thinking. 

After all, when you replace a negative thought with a positive thought, the difference is like going from running against the wind to running with the wind at your back.

For this reason, the majority of the time, it is recommended that you improve your thinking in this very way.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool takes you through each and every step to replace a negative thought with a more positive thought.

How to replace a negative thought with a positive thought: 6 steps

Follow these 6 steps to replace a negative thought with a more positive thought.


  1. Choose a negative thought that you want to eliminate  

A simple way to do this is to choose a negative thought that currently makes you feel bad, makes you less confident, or makes you less successful in some way.

For example, you could identify the thought 'I'm a loser'.

After all, this negative thought is clearly working against you, and your life will immediately improve the moment you eliminate it.

The more advanced way to choose a negative thought is to know what positive thing you want to achieve, and then identify a negative thought that prevents you from achieving it.

For example, let's say that you want to be healthier and exercise more. You could identify the negative thoughts 'I hate exercise' or 'Exercising is hard work and no fun'.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool gives you guidance on how to select a negative thought to eliminate.

Then, once you've entered a negative thought into the tool, if you're still not sure whether your thinking is negative or not, the Positive Thinking Tool can help you understand whether it is, indeed, a negative thought. 

Just click on the question mark sign underneath your selected thought to verify if it's negative. 


  1. Remove your mind's motivation to think the negative thought  

You do this by understanding why the thought is of no value to you, due to its negative effects, and why it no longer makes any sense to think this way, even if the negative thought is true or valid.

Understand why there is no value in a negative thought

For example, let's say that you want to be a happy person, and you've identified the negative thought 'I've been miserable for the past 10 years' as a recurring negative thought that makes you feel bad.

The reason your mind brings this kind of thought to your attention is that it sees some sort of value in it. So, you've got to teach your mind why there is no value in it at all.

For example, you can immediately see that this thought makes you feel bad every time you think it, and you want to be a happier person. So this thought works against you and prevents you from achieving what you want to achieve.

Clearly, then, this is a negative thought that is useless and of no value to you.

Once your mind understands this, it is more willing to let go of the negative thought. The only catch is that your mind can still find it sensible to think this way, even if it understands that the negative thought is useless!

Understand why it no longer makes sense to think a negative thought

For example, let's say that it's a fact that you've been miserable for the past 10 years. Since it's a fact, your mind might think that this is a very sensible thing to think, and it might continue bringing this negative thought to your attention on those grounds.

So here is what you have got to teach your mind: it might be a fact that you've been miserable for the past 10 years.

But it is also another fact that you can become a happier person, no matter how miserable you've been in the past.

The difference between these two facts is that dwelling on how miserable you've been works against you and makes you even more miserable, while appreciating that you can become happier helps make you happier and more confident, which is exactly what you want to achieve in the first place.

For this reason it makes absolutely no sense to think 'I've been miserable for the past 10 years', especially when you could just as easily be thinking 'I can become a happier person, no matter how miserable I've been in the past'.

To be clear, these are both valid ways of thinking.

It's just that it makes no sense to think in a valid way that hurts you, when you could easily be thinking in a valid way that helps you. And that is why it no longer makes any sense to think the negative thought.

Once your mind understands this, you're good to go. You have intelligently removed your mind's motivation to think negatively.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool helps walk you step by step through this process, so that you clearly understand why there is no value in thinking the negative thought anymore, as well as why it no longer makes any sense to think this way.

By following these steps, you completely eliminate your mind's motivation to think negatively.

So this is how you easily get rid of any negative thought and don't deal with it anymore.


  1. Choose to stop thinking the negative thought  

Think of a smelly bag of trash that sits in your house, stinking up your living area.

You might fully appreciate why you're better off without that bag of trash in your house. But, until you choose to do something and throw out that bag of trash, you're still stuck with it.

It is the same thing with negative thinking: you are stuck with a negative thought, until you consciously and deliberately choose to get rid of it.

For example, you might fully understand that the negative thought 'I'm a loser' makes your life worse in every way. But, until you actually choose to stop thinking that way, you will continue struggling with the negative thought.

Whenever I choose to stop thinking negatively, it doesn't work (or doesn't work for long)

You have the power to choose to get rid of a negative thought for good and not deal with it again.

The catch is that this choice is only effective after you remove your mind's motivation to think the negative thought.

To understand this, imagine that you choose to get rid of a negative thought, much like throwing a bag of trash out of your house. But, your mind sees some sort of value in the trash/negative thought, and so it goes and brings it back to you, thinking that it's doing you a favor!

For this reason, follow the steps to get rid of negative thinking in this exact order: 

First, remove your mind's motivation to think a negative thought.

Then, consciously choose to get rid of it.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool walks you through the exact steps in the exact order so that you get rid of your negative thought forever and don't deal with it anymore.

This means that the last step is to choose to stop thinking your negative thought.

The Positive Thinking Tool helps make it very easy for you to make that choice, and therefore make it very easy for you to stop thinking negatively.


  1. Choose a positive thought to replace the negative thought you eliminated  

A simple way to do this is to choose a relevant positive thought that makes you feel better, more confident, or makes you more successful in some way.

For example, you could replace the negative thought 'I'm a loser' with the positive thought 'I'm a great person'.

Similarly, you could replace the negative thought 'I hate exercise' with a positive thought like 'I can do things to make exercise more fun' or 'I can find ways to enjoy exercise more'.

Why it's important to replace a negative thought with a positive thought

Once you've completed the previous 3 steps and taken action to eliminate a negative thought, that's great. After you've done that, your brain is completely ready and willing to let go of the negative thought and not think it anymore.

There's only one catch: the negative thought can remain your brain's 'default' way of thinking until it knows of a different, better way to think.

For this reason, it's important that you always choose a relevant positive thought to replace any negative thought you've eliminated.

Doing this is how you ensure that you start thinking more positively, rather than negatively.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool gives you guidance on how to select a positive thought to start thinking. It also prompts you to always choose a positive thought to replace any negative thought you eliminate.

Also, after you enter a positive thought into the tool, if you're still not sure whether your thinking is positive or not, the Positive Thinking Tool can help you understand whether it is, indeed, a positive thought. 

Just click on the question mark sign underneath your selected thought to verify if it's positive. 


  1. Increase your mind's motivation to think the positive thought  

You do this by understanding why the thought is of great value to you, due to its positive benefits, and why the positive thought is also valid, acceptable, and makes complete sense to think.

If you consider your positive thought, and find that it is not valid, acceptable, or sensible to you for whatever reason, find another positive thought that is.

Understand why there is great value in a positive thought

For example, let's say that you've been miserable, and you want to be a happy person. You've identified the positive thought 'I can become happier' as a positive thought that helps you achieve greater happiness.

The reason your mind currently does not think in this way automatically is that it doesn't see much (if any) value in it yet. So, you've got to teach your mind why there is great value in this positive thought.

For example, you can immediately see that this thought makes you feel better every time you think it, and you want to be a happier person. So this thought works in your favor and helps you achieve exactly what you want to achieve.

Clearly, then, this is a positive thought that is useful and of great value to you.

Once your mind understands this, it is more interested in the positive thought and is more willing to think it. The only catch is that your mind still won't think this way, no matter how positive and helpful it might be, if your mind rejects the thought as a false or invalid way of thinking that doesn't make any sense.

Understand why it makes sense to think a positive thought

When you consider a positive thought like 'I can become a happier person', establish why this is a valid or true thought that makes sense to think.

If, for any reason, you don't think it makes any sense to think this way, find another positive thought that your mind will accept.

In this case, you can reflect on how you've been happy before in your life, so if you've been happy once, you've clearly proven that you are capable of being happy.

You can also recognize how you already feel better just thinking about things in a more positive way, so this is more proof that you can become happier. So, this is clearly a true, valid positive thought that makes complete sense to think. 

With this understanding, your mind is now completely on board to think the positive thought.

On the other hand, let's say you've decided that the thought 'I'm a happy person' would make you feel happier.

This is, indeed, a positive thought.

But here's the thing: if you currently think it's a lie that you're a happy person, your mind will not be receptive to this positive thought. So it won't do you any good.

If that's the case, pick a positive thought like 'I can become happier' which your mind will accept and use.

Once you do this, your mind is highly motivated to think the positive thought, due to seeing great value in it, and will also use this way of thinking due to finding it valid and acceptable.

The result is that you start thinking this positive thought naturally and automatically, without ever having to consciously remind yourself to think this positive thought, or without ever trying to force yourself think this thought.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool helps walk you step by step through this process, so that you clearly understand why there is great value in thinking the positive thought from this moment on, as well as why it makes complete sense to think this way.

By following these steps, you increase your mind's motivation to think positively, and you guarantee that you've selected a positive thought that your mind will immediately use and accept.

So this is how to easily start thinking a positive thought naturally and automatically, without consciously reminding or forcing yourself to think more positively.


  1. Choose to start thinking the positive thought  

Think of a pile of gold that's lying in the street outside your house.

You might fully appreciate why you'd be better off bringing the gold inside your house, and how it could help you improve your life in lots of different ways. But, until you choose to do something and go pick up that gold, you're still not going to benefit from it.

It is the same thing with positive thinking: you won't enjoy the benefits of a positive thought, until you consciously and deliberately choose to start thinking it.

For example, you might fully understand that the positive thought 'I'm a great person' makes your life better in every way. But, until you actually choose to start thinking that way, you won't ever benefit from it.

Whenever I choose to start thinking positively, it doesn't work (or doesn't work for long)

You have the power to choose to think a positive thought for good and to be able to think it naturally and automatically, without having to ever force or remind yourself to think that way.

The catch is that this choice is only effective after you increase your mind's motivation to think the positive thought, and after your mind comprehends why it makes sense to think this way.

To understand this, imagine that you choose to think a positive thought, which is like choosing to bring a pile of gold into your house. But, your mind sees no value in the gold/positive thought, and thinks it doesn't make any sense to have it in the house in the first place, and so it goes and carts it out of the house, thinking that it's doing you a favor!

For this reason, follow the steps to start thinking more positively in this exact order: 

First, increase your mind's motivation to think a positive thought.

Second, make sure you understand why the positive thought is valid, acceptable, and makes sense to think.

Third, consciously choose to start thinking the positive thought.

How The Positive Thinking Tool Helps You

The Positive Thinking Tool walks you through the exact steps in the exact order so that you think your positive thought naturally and automatically, without ever having to consciously think about it.

This means that the last step is to choose to start thinking your positive thought.

The Positive Thinking Tool helps make it very easy for you to make that choice, and therefore make it very easy for you to start thinking positively consistently, without ever struggling to remind or force yourself to think more positively.


Again, click on each step to learn more.

How to rewire your mind for positivity & stay positive

Let's say that you want to get rid of a negative thought like 'I'm a loser', and you don't deal with it again. Period.

Instead, you want to naturally and automatically think a positive thought like 'I'm a great person', without ever having to remind yourself to think more positively. 

This is the basic idea of rewiring your mind for positivity. It's about making a positive thought your automatic, 'default' way of thinking, rather than a negative thought.

Now, the question is this: how do you do it?

If you've followed the steps to replace a negative thought with a positive thought using the Positive Thinking Tool, then you've already done this. You've already rewired your mind for positivity.

This is because the Positive Thinking Tool helps you create very deep changes in your thinking very quickly.

Let the power and sheer awesomeness of this sink in for a moment.

Because when you rewire your mind for positivity like this, you don't struggle with negative thinking or its negative effects anymore. Instead you naturally and automatically think positively and enjoy all benefits from doing this.

So this is how to improve your life in every way on automatic pilot.

Get access to the Positive Thinking Tool right now

With the positive thinking tool, you can improve your thinking and your life in less than five minutes.

You can:

  • Get rid of any negative thought that works against you, and not deal with it again. Ever.
  • Think any positive thought naturally and automatically, without struggling to remind yourself to think more positively.
  • Rewire your mind for positivity and change your life for the better in less than 5 minutes.

So get access to the Positive Thinking Tool right now.

There is a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, which means you have absolutely nothing to lose, and everything to gain, just by trying it. If you're not happy or satisfied for any reason, you get your money back. It's that simple.

Click here to get access to the Positive Thinking Tool right now.

 








12/20/13: I want to reinstate what is negative thinking and its negative impacts, in a way that is similar to how I approached what is positive thinking and the benefits of positive thinking... Especially since negative impact has become a 'draw' for the Positive Thinking pages...


CURRENT NEG THINKING INFO:

What does it mean to think negatively? And how can you tell if your thinking is negative or not?

The more your mind understands what negative thinking is, the more your mind is able to help you get rid of negative thinking that hurts you. In this way, this knowledge helps you stop thinking negatively faster and easier.

Understanding negative thinking

Negative thinking is a way thinking that doesn't benefit you, since:


For example, let's say that you're sad, miserable, or depressed, and you want to be happy. The negative thought 'I can't become happy' will naturally work against you and make it more challenging for you to become happier.

Here's why.

  • When you think, 'I can't become happy', and you believe it, you are naturally less confident in yourself and your abilities
  • You are also naturally less motivated and energized to take action to achieve greater happiness, since you believe you can't achieve it
  • The result is that you predictably have less success becoming happy, and that you naturally find it 'hard' or 'impossible' to become happier due to the negative effects of this thought


Continuing with our example, if you feel sad, depressed, or unhappy, the negative thought 'I can't become happy' will naturally make you feel worse. 

Here's why.

  • When you think, 'I can't become happy', and you believe it, you naturally feel weaker, helpless, and less capable, so you already feel worse that way 
  • You also naturally have less confidence in yourself and your abilities; this leads to a lower sense of self worth, as well as less peace of mind, since you believe that you can't do anything about your situation
  • This means that simply accepting and thinking the negative thought 'I can't become happy' already naturally makes you feel worse in many different ways; in this way, it actively contributes to feelings of sadness, unhappiness, and depression


Once again, for our example, the moment you believe and accept the negative thought 'I can't become happy', it's already making it more challenging for you to become happier, especially since it's already making you feel worse in many different ways.

It's important to appreciate that:

  • This makes such a negative thought useless to you, since it doesn't serve any beneficial purpose
  • The negative effects of a negative thought like this one are immediate, since the moment you think the thought it's already affecting you in some way
  • When you consider how negative thoughts like this don't help you improve your life, and, indeed, make it more challenging for you to do so, it is both sensible and intelligent to deliberately eliminate negative thoughts for your own good


Click on any negative quality for an example of how negative thinking works.

With these destructive qualities, negative thinking is absolutely useless to you.

Let’s repeat that, since it’s important: unlike positive thinking, which is useful and serves a practical purpose, negative thinking is absolutely useless.

It is the uselessness of negative thinking that is its defining characteristic.

Also, it is helpful to appreciate that negative thinking is not a right or wrong way of thinking. Instead, it's a useless and not very sensible way of thinking.  Learn more.


Negative thinking is useless, not 'wrong'

The overall defining characteristic of negative thinking is that it is useless & doesn't improve your life in any way (or even immediately makes it worse). 

However, this does not mean that negative thinking is the 'wrong' way to think. Only that it's useless for improving your life, and that it doesn't make very much sense to do, especially when you consider that you can think in other ways. 

Is the glass half full or half empty?

To understand this, consider the classic example of looking at a glass, and thinking of it as either half full or half empty. 

It's neither right nor wrong to look at the glass as either half full or half empty. 

However, if looking at the glass as half full naturally makes you feel happier, while looking at the glass as half empty naturally makes you feel depressed, then what is the sense in looking at the glass as half empty?

Negative thinking is not very sensible

For this example, if you want to be happy, it makes no sense at all to look at the glass as half empty rather than half full. After all, this is a useless, self-destructive, and completely counter-productive thing to do.

Even if it's a completely valid and acceptable way of thinking, so what? It's still not sensible.

This example captures the essence of what eliminating negative thinking is all about: getting rid of thinking that is useless, non-beneficial, and counter-productive (and, therefore, not very sensible, no matter how 'valid' the thought might be).


Right now, see for yourself how quickly and easily you can start eliminating negative thinking. 

Get started by learning how to eliminate a negative thought that makes it more challenging for you to get rid of negative thoughts.




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Recommendation: Read about what negative thinking is & why it's worth eliminating, which is the updated version of this.

 

  • Hinders you from achieving something you want, or compels you to achieve something you don’t want
  • Feels empty or bad
  • Adds negative value to your life

 

What are negative thought forms people talk about?

There are many different ways to talk about negative thinking.

People talk about having a negative attitude, negative perceptions, developing a negative outlook or a negative focus, engaging in negative self talk, slipping into negative thinking patterns and automatic negative thoughts, and so on.

And then there is the idea of a negative mindset, which you can think of as being a collection of some negative thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and so on.

In a sense, these all mean the same thing. Because at the end of the day, when people are talking about negative thinking, they are talking about ways of thinking that hinder you from improving your life.

So how do you know whether your thinking is negative or not?

You can ask yourself the same 3 Questions For Positive Thinking that help you identify what positive thinking is. There are no special questions for negative thinking.

Why the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking work for negative thinking

Once again, the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking are:

  1. Does this way of thinking help me achieve something I want?
  2. Does this way of thinking make me feel good or help me feel better?
  3. Does this way of thinking add positive value to my life?

If you ask yourself the three questions, and you don’t get a “yes” for each answer, then you know that you’re dealing with a type of thinking that you can replace with something better and more useful.

Negative thinking is simply a type of thinking that you can replace with something better and more useful. That’s all it ever is!

Of course, if you ask yourself the 3 questions, and you conclude that your thinking stops you from achieving the things you want to achieve, makes you feel miserable, and adds negative value to your life, you know without a doubt that you’re dealing with negative thinking.

An example of negative thinking

Examples of negative thoughts can help you learn more about what they are and how to identify them.

So, let’s consider the following example of negative thinking:

The belief that you can’t ever become happy

Let’s ask the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking to understand why this belief is a form of negative thinking.

1. Does believing that you can’t ever become happy help you achieve something you want?

No! If you want to become happy, this belief will not help you. If anything, it will actively stop you from being happy, by killing any motivation on your part to try to become happier.

2. Does believing that you can’t ever become happy make you feel good or at least better?

No! If anything, it makes you feel weak, helpless, and more miserable, in general.

3. Does believing that you can’t ever become happy add positive value to your life?

No! If anything, it adds negative value to your life, by focusing on what you are “incapable” of doing.

Conclusion

This belief is clearly a form of negative thinking, since it actively works against you in each and every way.

And overall, this means that this belief is useless to you.

What is a negative thought to you?

The more you understand negative thinking in your own, unique way -- in a way that completely makes sense to you -- the easier it is for your mind to help you stop thinking negatively. 

Also, the more you see little or no value in negative thinking, the easier it is for your mind to "let go" of negative thoughts and stop thinking in negative ways. 

For this reason, it is in you best interest to not build up a lot of negative value in your mind about negative thinking and how 'horrible' it is. Rather, it's best to understand negative thinking as something that is useless for helping you in any way.

Complete this achievement by writing down your own thoughts and insights about negative thinking (if you have any) and get credit for reading this information.


12/19/13: Decided that it was important that benefits of positive thinking be its own achievement after all, especially considering the significance of doing a benefit analysis for increasing motivation to think positively. So, I decided to cut/chop down the existing article on benefits significantly, and reinstate it rather than have it be a 'retired' achievement.

What follows is the ORIGINAL VERSION of the 'Benefits of Positive Thinking' which I cut/modified in my own way.


Recommendation: Read about what positive thinking is & how it works, which is the updated version of this.

For argument’s sake, let’s say you have a clear idea of what positive thinking is and how to identify it.

The next question is: so what? Why have a positive outlook in life, just because you can?

Because there’s a lot in it for you. That’s why. And the more your mind understands these benefits, the more motivated and energized your mind is to help you think more positively.

For this reason, learning these benefits helps you become a more positive thinker faster and easier. 

Think positively and enjoy immediate benefits

You benefit immediately from thinking positively.

Why is that?

Well, because the moment you have a positive thought, it’s already benefiting you by:

  • Helping you achieve something that you want
  • Making you feel good (or at least better)
  • Adding positive value to your life in some way

The emotional benefit is often the most obvious immediate benefit.

After all, the moment you have a positive thought and you feel good just thinking it, you know without a doubt that your positive thinking is doing something to help you.

Since some of the other benefits of positive thinking are not as obvious, however, let’s go into greater details about the various ways that positive thinking can improve your life. 

11 benefits of positive thinking

Positive thinking is valuable because it benefits you in a lot of ways. Once this is clear to your brain, it is more motivated and energized to help you change your thinking so that you think more positively.

And this is how you start becoming a more positive thinker on autopilot.

With this in mind, here are 11 benefits of positive thinking:

  1. A more worthwhile life: the more you add positive value to your life with positive thinking, the more worthwhile life is for you
  2. Greater confidence: the more you believe you can achieve things (a common form of positive thinking), the more self-confidence you have
  3. Higher self esteem: the more value you see in yourself with positive thinking, the higher your sense of self worth
  4. More happiness and enjoyment: the more positive value that you see in life, the happier you become, and the more you enjoy life
  5. Feeling stronger: as your confidence and self esteem increases due to positive thinking, you also feel stronger and more powerful
  6. More energy: positive thinking often motivates and energizes you to achieve things
  7. More peace of mind: the better you feel overall with positive thinking, the more peace of mind you have
  8. More success: having more energy, more self esteem, and more self confidence leads to more success
  9. More enjoyable interactions with others: the more you enjoy life and value yourself, the more you tend to enjoy social interactions
  10. Better health: more peaceful, positive emotions = less stressful, negative emotions that can take a physical toll on your body
  11. Greater clarity of mind: since you have a choice, it makes sense to think in positive ways that benefit you rather than in negative ways that hurt you 

A final benefit of positive thinking: a more sensible mind overall

This final benefit of positive thinking -- greater clarity of mind -- is worth considering further, as it's useful for your mind to appreciate that positive thinking is just a more reasonable way of thinking, when you consider everything it does for you.

Think about it: if you can think positive thoughts that always help you, rather than negative thoughts that always hurt you, how on earth does it make any sense to think negative thoughts that make your life worse?

It doesn’t.

In this light, negative thinking is always a “glitchy” way of thinking in the sense that there is never a great, wonderful reason to do it.

In contrast, there is always a great, wonderful reason to think positively: because it immediately benefits you and makes your life better.

How will positive thinking benefit you?

Does thinking positive make a difference?

Absolutely. You just learned how you can benefit from positive thinking in many different ways, so positive thinking really does work for improving your life.

And the more value and benefits that you see in positive thinking, the more your mind is energized and motivated to help you think more positive thoughts. This means that you enjoy thinking more positively (and all the benefits that come with it) even faster and easier. 

So take advantages of this. Complete this achievement by writing down your own thoughts and insights about the benefits of positive thinking (if you have any), and get credit for reading this information.

For extra credit, answer the following question: what are three benefits of positive thinking that are especially compelling to you?




12/17/13: Working on a new draft of how to think positively, and it was already running a little long for my taste, so I cut out a metaphor that I liked a great deal.


Why knowing what you want to achieve matters

To understand why it's important to know what you want to achieve with positive thinking, imagine walking into a massive hardware store that's filled with aisles and aisles of tools that you can use to improve your home.

Each of these tools is useful in its own way, but only a few of the tools will be important and relevant to you, depending on what you want to achieve. 

For example, if you want to build a cabinet, you will focus on getting tools in the hardware store that help you build that cabinet. 

It is the same thing with positive thinking. There are tons and tons of different positive thoughts that you can think, but you'll specifically want to focus positive thoughts that help you achieve what you want.


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However, the more specific you are about what you want to achieve, the better.

Why knowing what you want helps you

For example, let's say you want to think more positively to get rid of social anxiety. That's great. If you become more specific, and decide that you want to get rid of any fear of speaking in public, that's even better.

Similarly, if you want to think more positively to achieve a healthier lifestyle faster and easier, that's great. If you decide you want to think more positively to quit smoking more easily and become a happy non-smoker, that's even better.

With these examples, notice how what you want to achieve naturally determines which types of positive thoughts you will focus on. 

The lesson: once you know what you want to achieve, the rest of the steps for thinking more positively flow naturally from here, since you naturally begin identifying the types of thoughts that are the most useful and relevant to you.


12/14/13: My idea, here, is to combine my previous info written about positive thinking into one self-contained, article... And have it optimized for the websites...


What Positive Thinking Is: Consolidated Version


What are positive thoughts? And how can you tell if your thinking is positive or not, or whether it's helping you or not?

These are excellent questions to ask, because if you want to benefit from the power of positive thinking, it's important to first understand what you're trying to achieve.

Understanding positive thinking

Positive thinking is a way of thinking that benefits you and has an immediate positive impact on your life.

More specifically, you can think of positive thinking as being a way of thinking that:



For example, let's say that you're sad, miserable, or depressed, and you want to be happy. The positive thought 'I can become happy' will naturally help you become happier.

Here's why.

  • When you think, 'I can become happy', and you believe it, you are naturally more confident in yourself and your abilities
  • You are also naturally more motivated and energized to take action to achieve greater happiness, since you believe you can achieve it
  • The result is that you predictably have more success becoming happy, and that you naturally become happier faster and easier due to the positive effects of this thought


Continuing with our example, if you feel sad, depressed, or unhappy, the positive thought 'I can become happy' will naturally help you feel better. 

Here's why.

  • When you think, 'I can become happy', and you believe it, you naturally feel stronger, more powerful, more capable, so you already feel better that way 
  • You also naturally have more confidence in yourself and your abilities; this leads to a greater sense of self worth, as well as greater peace of mind, since you believe that you can do something about your situation
  • This means that simply accepting and thinking the positive thought 'I can become happy' already naturally helps you feel better in many different ways; even if it doesn't instantly make you happy, it's certainly taking you in that direction


Once again, for our example, the moment you believe and accept the positive thought 'I can become happy', it's already helping you become happier faster and easier, and it's already helping you feel better.

It's important to appreciate that:

  • This makes such a positive thought useful to you, since it serves a beneficial purpose
  • The positive effects of a positive thought like this one are immediate, since the moment you think the thought it's already affecting you in some way
  • When you consider how positive thoughts like this one immediately improve your life, it is both sensible and intelligent to deliberately think positively for your own good


Click on any of these qualities for an example of how positive thinking works.

With these beneficial qualities, positive thinking helps you and serves a practical, useful purpose in your everyday life.

This makes it different from useless types of thinking that do not help you at all.

Positive thinking is useful, not 'right'

The overall defining characteristic of positive thinking is that it is useful & immediately improves your life. This distinguishes positive thinking from other types of thinking that are useless and do not improve your life in any way. 

However, this does not mean that positive thinking is the 'right' way to think. Only that it's useful. 

Is the glass half full or half empty?

To understand this, consider the classic example of looking at a glass, and thinking of it as either half full or half empty. 

It's neither right nor wrong to look at the glass as either half full or half empty. 

However, if looking at the glass as half full naturally makes you feel happier, while looking at the glass as half empty naturally makes you feel depressed, then what is the most sensible way of looking at the glass?

Positive thinking is sensible

For this example, if you want to be happy, it makes sense to look at the glass as half full rather than half empty. 

After all, this is a more useful, beneficial thing to do, and it's a completely valid and acceptable way of thinking. So, even though it's not 'right', it's clearly a better way of thinking about things, every way you look at it.

This example captures the essence of what intelligent positive thinking is all about: identifying acceptable, valid ways of thinking that are useful and beneficial, and, therefore, also very sensible and better in every way.

Frequently asked questions about positive thinking

Click on each question to learn more.


  1. What is a positive mental attitude?  

There are many different ways to talk about positive thinking.

Examples include: having a positive attitude, having positive perceptions, developing a positive outlook or a positive focus, engaging in positive self talk, and so on.

And then there is the idea of a positive mindset, which you can think of as being a collection of positive thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and so forth.

In a sense, these all mean the same thing. Because no matter what you call it, every form of positive thinking that people talk about has one thing in common: it’s a way of thinking that helps you improve your life.


  1. Does positive thinking really work?  

Is positive thinking effective for improving your life? Or is positive thinking just some kind of scam?

The answer is that positive thinking is highly effective provided you understand what it is, how it benefits you, and how to think positively.

Think about it: if you don't have these ingredients, you probably won’t think positively in the first place. So it won’t work, if you’re not even doing it.

Unfortunately, this is a common dilemma, especially since people frequently discuss positive thinking in a very vague, general way, so that it’s often not even clear what is meant by positive thinking, or why a positive thought is more valuable, useful, and sensible than a negative thought.

This lack of understanding helps explain (in part) why some people hate positive thinking and are skeptical of it.

So, if you want to get positive thinking to work for you, here are some tips:

  • Have a clear idea of what positive thinking is, how it works, and what it will or won't do for you
  • For example, does adopting the positive belief that you can become happy guarantee that you will find happiness and never feel sad again?
  • No, of course not! That’s not how positive thinking works. But people who don’t understand that will dismiss positive thinking as pointless and reject positive thoughts that could help them.
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  • In this example, believing that you can become happy energizes and motivates you to try different ways to become happier, which is why you have more success becoming happier. If one way doesn’t work, you try another. And so on.
  • If you don’t become happy, for whatever reason, that’s not “proof” that positive thinking doesn’t work.
  • Rather, being energized and motivated to become happier, and trying all sorts of different approaches to be happier is the proof that positive thinking does work and is helping you.
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  • If you don’t understand this, you’re likely to reject positive thinking. And so of course it won’t work for you anymore, if you stop thinking positively (or don't even think positively in the first place).
  • So, again, to get positive thinking to work for you, make sure you understand what it is and how it works
  • If you're still not clear on this, go back to the beginning of this of information, and click on each quality of positive thinking to learn more about how it works

  1. How long does it take for positive thinking to work?  

So, let's say you've decided to think positively.

How does positive thinking work? How long does it actually take for you to benefit from more positive thoughts?

Here's some great news: the moment you replace a negative thought with a positive thought, positive thinking is already working for you, either by helping you feel better or helping you achieve something you want to achieve. 

So, very often, you can notice an immediate improvement in your life, just by noticing an improvement in how you feel or in your energy level. 

The very best way to appreciate the power of positive thinking is to just go ahead and try it, and see for yourself whether it works for you. You've got nothing to lose, and everything to gain from it.


  1. What are the benefits of positive thinking beyond the 3 primary benefits?  

Again, positive thinking is thinking that is inherently beneficial. This is what makes it 'positive' in the first place.

You've already seen the big picture view of the benefits: positive thinking helps you achieve something you want, helps you feel good (or at least better), and it's useful and immediately improves your life in some way.

However, you can dig down deeper to identify more specific benefits that are also worth appreciating. 

With this in mind, here are 11 benefits of thinking more positively:

  1. A more worthwhile life: the more you add positive value to your life with positive thinking, the more worthwhile life is for you
  2. Greater confidence: the more you believe you can achieve things (a common form of positive thinking), the more self-confidence you have
  3. Higher self esteem: the more value you see in yourself with positive thinking, the higher your sense of self worth
  4. More happiness and enjoyment: the more positive value that you see in life, the happier you become, and the more you enjoy life
  5. Feeling stronger: as your confidence and self esteem increases due to positive thinking, you also feel stronger and more powerful
  6. More energy: positive thinking often motivates and energizes you to achieve things
  7. More peace of mind: the better you feel overall with positive thinking, the more peace of mind you have
  8. More success: having more energy, more self esteem, and more self confidence leads to more success
  9. More enjoyable interactions with others: the more you enjoy life and value yourself, the more you tend to enjoy social interactions
  10. Better health: more peaceful, positive emotions = less stressful, negative emotions that can take a physical toll on your body
  11. Greater clarity of mind: since you have a choice, it makes sense to think in positive ways that benefit you rather than in negative ways that hurt you 

  1. How do I know if my thinking is positive or not?  

To determine whether you're thinking positively, ask yourself the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking:

  • Does this way of thinking help me achieve something I want?
  • Does this way of thinking make me feel good or help me feel better?
  • Is this way of thinking useful, and does it immediately improve my life in some way?

If you answer yes to all three questions, you’re dealing with positive thinking.


  1. What are some examples of positive thinking?  

Considering examples of positive thinking can be the best way of understanding why one way of thinking is positive or not.

If this is something that interests you, see this list of positive thoughts. 

Each one of these thoughts is an example of positive thinking that will help you improve your life, and there is a clear explanation for why each thought benefits you as well as why it makes sense to think the thought.



Learn more about positive thinking

You have now learned what positive thinking is, and how you can use it as a tool to improve your life. 

The next step, for you, is to learn more about why positive thinking is such a useful tool, and why it's it in your best interest to think more positively, since you have a choice in how you think.



What Positive Thinking Is: First Attempt


Recommendation: Read about what positive thinking is & how it works, which is the updated version of this.

What is the meaning of positive thinking? And how can you tell if your thinking is positive or not?

These are excellent questions to ask, because if you want to benefit from positive thinking, it's important to first understand what you're trying to achieve.

Also, the more your mind understands what positive thinking is, the more your mind can help you think more positively. In this way, this knowledge helps you become a more positive thinker faster and easier.

Understanding positive thinking

Positive thinking is a way of thinking that has an immediate positive impact on your life.

More specifically, you can think of positive thinking as being a way of thinking that:

  • Helps you achieve something you want
  • Feels good
  • Adds positive value to your life

With these beneficial qualities, positive thinking helps you and serves a practical, useful purpose in your everyday life.

This makes it different from useless types of thinking that do not help you at all.

What is a positive attitude? Do you have one?

There are many different ways to talk about positive thinking.

Examples include: having a positive attitude, having positive perceptions, developing a positive outlook or a positive focus, engaging in positive self talk, and so on.

And then there is the idea of a positive mindset, which you can think of as being a collection of positive thoughts, beliefs, attitudes, and so forth.

In a sense, these all mean the same thing. Because no matter what you call it, every form of positive thinking that people talk about has one thing in common: it’s a way of thinking that helps you improve your life.

So how do you know whether your thinking is positive or not?

To determine whether your thinking is positive or not, you can ask yourself the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking.

The 3 Questions For Positive Thinking

To determine whether you're thinking positively, ask yourself:

  1. Does this way of thinking help me achieve something I want?
  2. Does this way of thinking make me feel good or help me feel better?
  3. Does this way of thinking add positive value to my life?

If you answer yes to all three questions, you’re dealing with positive thinking.

To make this process of identifying positive thinking even easier, you can use the AG Positive Thinking Tool, which helps you replace negative thoughts with more positive ones quickly and easily.

An example of positive thinking

Considering examples of positive thinking can be the best way of understanding why one way of thinking is positive or not.

So let’s consider the following example:

Believing that you can become happy

Let’s learn why the belief that you can become happy is a form of positive thinking by asking the 3 Questions For Positive Thinking.

1. Does believing that you can become happy help you achieve something you want?

Yes! By believing that you can become happy, you are more motivated and energized to take action to achieve being happier, so your chances of becoming happier naturally increase. In this way, this belief helps you achieve what you want, assuming you want to be happier.

2. Does believing that you can become happy make you feel good or at least better?

Yes! You naturally feel empowered and energized by believing this. (So already, this belief helps you start feeling happier in and of itself.)

3. Does believing that you can become happy add positive value to your life?

Yes! By focusing on the positive possibility of becoming happy, you’re immediately adding positive value to your life. Also, by feeling more energized, motivated, and empowered, you're also adding more positive value to your life that way.

Conclusion

Believing that you can become happy is a positive belief worth having.

What does positive thinking mean to you?

The more you understand what positive thinking is in your own, unique way -- in a way that makes complete sense to you -- the easier it is for your mind to "grasp" what positive thinking is and to tell it apart from other types of thinking, such as negative thinking

In this way, this understanding of positive thinking makes it easier for your mind to help you think in more positive ways, and to help you achieve becoming a more positive thinker overall. 

So take advantages of this. Complete this achievement by writing down your own thoughts and insights about positive thinking  (if you have any), and get credit for reading this information.

 


What Positive Thinking Is: Second Attempt


This has been 'folded' into the updated version of what positive thinking is. You can see the original version, which is now deprecated.


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12/14/13: I don't know when I cut this info below, but now I can easily add it back into the effects for negative thinking, where people click on each effect of negative thinking and learn more about it that way


10 effects of negative thinking with examples

What does negative thinking do to you?

The effects of negative self talk and negative thinking can decrease your qualify of life in the following 10 ways:

1. A less worthwhile life

By adding negative value to your life with negative thinking, your life becomes less worthwhile to you.

Example: you focus on all the negative possibilities in your future, and by focusing on all these possibilities that you don’t want to happen, life is less worthwhile to you.

2. Less confidence

Negative thinking often involves believing that you can’t do something, and these types of “can’t-do” attitudes sap your self-confidence.

Example: you believe that you can’t improve your life, and by doing so, you have less confidence in yourself and your abilities.

3. Lower self-esteem

By focusing on negative value in yourself, and what you are presumably “incapable” of doing, you decrease your sense of self worth.

Example: you believe you are defective in some way and can’t be happy, and by focusing on a presumed defect and your presumed helplessness, you have a lower sense of self worth.

4. Less happiness

Happiness is created by enjoying positive value, and negative thinking adds negative value to your life rather than positive value. So not only does negative thinking rob you of potential happiness, but it also actively makes you feel worse.

This is why there is a very strong link between negative thinking and feeling miserable and depressed.

Example: you focus on all the terrible things you’ve done, all your lack of achievement, all the things you’ve missed out on in life, and you feel miserable rather than happy.

5. Less strength

When you add up all the ways that negative thinking hurts you (like decreasing your confidence and self esteem), you can see how negative thinking weakens you.  

Example: you believe can’t handle whatever comes your way. So you feel weaker and less powerful overall.

6. Less energy

Negative thinking often saps your energy, as it kills your motivation to achieve things.

Example: you believe you can’t change the world or make a difference in any way, and you feel exhausted just thinking about going through the pointless motions of even trying.

7. Less peace of mind

The more you focus on negative value in your life and build up the negative value in your mind, the more fear and anxiety you create. This is how negative thinking adds a lot of stress to your life and destroys your peace of mind.

Example: you believe that your life is terrible, that it’s only going to get worse in the future, and that you can’t handle the next bad thing that happens. So you are perpetually riddled with fear, stress, and anxiety.

8. Less success

We’ve seen how negative thinking diminishes your confidence, energy, and motivation. This combined impact decreases your amount of success and achievement in life.

Example: you believe that you can’t make friends in a new city. Along with less confidence, you also have less energy to act. Overall, this means that you have less success making new friends.

9. Less enjoyable interactions with others

As you suffer more and more from negative thinking, you have less enjoyable interactions with others.

Why is that?

Well, the less you enjoy life in general, the less others tend to enjoy being around you. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Example: you believe that you’re worthless, an awful person, and that you don’t have anything to offer other people. By doing so, you feel miserable with yourself, and other people pick up on the negative value that you, yourself, see.

10. Effects of negative thinking on health

The impact of negative thinking hurts your physical health as well as your mental health.

The less peace of mind you have, the more your quality of sleep suffers, and the less rested you feel. Also, the stress and anxiety takes a physical toll on your body.

Furthermore, due to feeling weak, helpless, and unmotivated, you feel lethargic and exhausted rather than energized.

This is the power of the mind-body connection at work, which you can see and appreciate here in a very clear, tangible way, via the effect of negative thinking on health.

10 benefits of positive thinking with examples

Positive thinking can benefit your life in the following 10 ways:

1. A more worthwhile life

By adding positive value to your life with positive thinking, your life becomes more meaningful and worthwhile to you.

Example: you focus on all the wonderful positive possibilities in your future, and by doing so, life is more worthwhile to you.

2. Greater confidence

Positive thinking often involves believing that you can achieve something, and these types of “can-do” beliefs create greater self-confidence.

Example: you believe that you can improve your life, and by doing so, you have greater confidence in yourself and your abilities.

3. Higher self-esteem

By focusing on positive value in yourself, and recognizing what you are capable of doing, you create a greater sense of self worth for yourself.

Example: you believe you can be happy, no matter what your current circumstances are, and by seeing such power and capabilities in yourself, you have a higher sense of self worth.

4. More happiness and enjoyment

Positive thinking always adds positive value to your life in some way, and happiness is created by enjoying positive value. So there is a very strong link between positive thinking and feeling happier.

Example: you focus on all the wonderful things you’ve achieved, and all the amazing things you’ve experienced in life, and you naturally feel a lot happier.

5. Feeling stronger

When you add up all the ways that positive thinking benefits you (like providing you with greater confidence and higher self-esteem), it becomes apparent how positive thinking helps you feel more powerful.

Example: you believe you can handle whatever comes your way. As a result, you have a lot more self-confidence, and feel like a stronger, more capable person.

6. More energy

Positive thinking is often energizing, as it motivates you to achieve things that you want to achieve.

Example: you believe you can change the world and make it a better place somehow, and so you feel more energized and excited just thinking about all the things you can do.

7. More peace of mind

As we’ve seen, positive thinking creates greater confidence and happiness, and this translates into you enjoying more peace of mind.

Example: You believe that you can and will find a job. So rather than being stressed out and anxious due to believing you’ll never find work, you enjoy the peace of mind that comes from believing that you can and will find employment.

8. More success

When you consider how positive thinking can provide you with more confidence, energy, and motivation to act, it becomes apparent how positive thinking increases your amount of success and achievement in life.

Example: you believe that you can make friends in a new city. Along with more confidence, you also have more energy to act. Overall, this means that you have a lot more success making new friends.

9. More enjoyable interactions with others

As you benefit more and more from positive thinking, enjoying things like greater confidence, energy, success, and happiness, you have more enjoyable interactions with others.

Why is that?

Well, the more you enjoy your life, the more others tend to enjoy being around you. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

Example: you believe that you’ve got a lot of things going for you, and that you’ve got a lot to offer other people. By doing so, you feel happier with yourself, and other people naturally pick up on the positive value that you, yourself, see and enjoy.

10. Health benefits of positive thinking

All of these benefits of positive thinking improve your physical health as well as your mental health.

After all, with greater confidence and peace of mind, you rest and sleep better. Also, your body is more relaxed and free from stress and anxiety taking a toll on it.

Furthermore, by feeling stronger and more energized, you feel more vibrant and full of life.

This is the power of the mind-body connection at work, which you can see and appreciate here in a very clear, tangible way.




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