Recommendation: read What Is Positive Thinking Is & How Does It Work?, which is the updated version of this.
Positive thinking is a way thinking that benefits you, since:
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.
Continuing with our example, if you feel sad, depressed, or unhappy, the positive thought 'I can become happy' will naturally help you feel better.
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:
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Also, it is helpful to appreciate that positive thinking is not a right or wrong way of thinking. Instead, it's a useful and very sensible way of thinking. Learn more.
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.
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?
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 very sensible way of thinking about things, every way you look at it.
This example captures the essence of what positive thinking is all about: identifying acceptable, valid ways of thinking that are useful and beneficial, and, therefore, also very sensible in every way.
Right now, see for yourself how quickly and easily you can start thinking more positively.
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