Know the feeling?

Know the feeling? Photo: Rodger Cummins

Attitude forms an important part of our personality and the way we think is a very important element in creating the kind of life we want to live.

This is why positive thinking makes such a big difference in our lives. Not the happy-clappy, "click your heels and go to Kansas, Dorothy". I'm talking about having more positive, optimistic thoughts than negative, self-limiting thoughts on a daily basis.

A positive attitude really can help you change your life for the better. Here are 10 benefits:

1. Enhanced stress management

Reducing the amount of negative thoughts and replacing them with more optimistic thoughts will help to reduce worry and decrease stress. When you develop a positive attitude and maintain it, you're less likely to be stressed about life.

2. Better health

Our thinking directly effects our body and how it functions. When you replace negative thoughts with calmness, and substitute confidence and peacefulness for resentment, anxiety and worry, your wellbeing automatically improves. This means fewer sleeping disorders, muscle tensions, anxieties, and decreased fatigue.

3. Self-confidence

Having self-confidence means that we have faith in our capacities. It is also means we are much more likely to be authentic and happy being who we are, not trying to be somebody else. Positive thinking promotes self-confidence. If we don't have self-confidence, we will never fulfill our true potential.

4. Better decision-making

Optimists are better decision makers. Clear and rational thinking prevents you from making clouded judgments, foolish decisions or doing things that you will regret later. When you start using your mind in a calm and controlled manner, you also make decisions faster.

5. Increased focus

A silent mind enables us to gain focus and tap inner inspiration. Positive thinking helps you focus on the solution, rather than waste time and energy on negative emotions.

6. Improved time management

With improved focus and better-decision making abilities, you'll be more organised all round. This will help you get more done in less time and then have extra time for yourself and for your loved ones.

7. More success in life

Negative attitude gets in the way of success and happiness. Positive thinkers focus more on what can go right rather than what can go wrong and cultivate a feeling of success. A realistic, positive attitude literally can change your whole life.

8. Attracts good things

When people live positively, they are able to attract positive people and more positive events in their life. Also, when a person is positive, people want to be around them.

9. Less fear

Fear comes from focusing on or obsessing about the negative. While some fear in life is a good thing, acting to warn us and keep us safe, too much fear drains energy and takes you away from focusing on what you really want. When you remain positive you will know that no matter what happens in your life, you will be able to face it.

10. A happier life

The research is overwhelming; optimistic people with healthy levels of self-confidence lead happier and healthier lives. If you have a positive disposition you will anticipate a happier life, laughter, good health and financial success.

A positive attitude improves the ability to bounce back from challenges in life and helps us better cope with whatever life throws our way. You will not become an optimist overnight, but it is worth the effort as it results in improved health, longer life expectancy and improved levels of contentedness.

Here are a few tips to help you develop the habit of positive thinking:

•     Be optimistic and expect more favorable outcomes

•     Appreciate what you already have and find reasons to smile more often

•     Engage in enjoyable recreational activities and regularly have doses of fun

•     Read inspiring books and listen to your favourite music

•     Keep a thought journal and start to take more notice of the types of thoughts you have

•     Follow a healthy lifestyle

•     Exercise at least three times a week

•     Hang out with happy people

•     If you have been feeling sad or down for longer than a few weeks, see your GP or book in to see a psychologist who can give you some great skills to help you manage/challenge your thinking

What do you do to think more positively? Do you believe you can change the way you think?

(Sources: LifeMojo Team; Danielle Buckley, Go Beyond Psycholo-gical Solutions)