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The Art Of Positive Thinking

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What is actually meant by the art of positive thinking?

Learning to have a positive attitude on life is the art of positive thinking.Positivity or a positive outlook on life are the typical definitions of positive thinking.Our internal reality can be significantly influenced by our thoughts. As a result, those with a pessimistic outlook on life automatically interpret neutral situations negatively.The practice of positive thinking cultivates a positive mindset and aids in self-talk mastery. It teaches you how to harness that inner voice for benefit and self-improvement.

Positive thinking does not imply ignoring the less than ideal circumstances in life. Approaching unpleasantness in a more constructive and positive manner is referred to as positive thinking. It's like dodging the negative scenario in our mind and moving towards the best scenario mentally.Positive thinking enhances more than simply one's mood. That is undoubtedly a fantastic benefit, but there are still more to be listed. One will be able to think more clearly, put things into perspective, become more creative, and bound and jump over challenges that stand in the way of success.

What happens when there is lack of mastery of art if thinking postive?

Barbara Fredrickson is a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina. She published a seminal paper that offers surprising insights into positive thinking and its impact on your abilities. Let's talk about her discovery about what negative thoughts or a negative attitude do to the brain.Assume you're walking through the forest when a tiger appears ahead of you on the path. When this occurs, your brain records a negative emotion, in this case, fear.Negative emotions have long been known to program your brain to perform a specific action, according to researchers. When a tiger comes across your path, for example, you flee. The rest of the world is irrelevant. You are completely focused on the tiger, the fear it instills in you, and how you can get away from it.Negative emotions, in other words, narrow your mind and focus your thoughts. You may have the option to climb a tree, pick up a leaf, or grab a stick at the same time, but your brain ignores all of those options because they appear irrelevant when a tiger is standing in front of you.This is a good instinct to have if you're trying to save someone's life, but in our modern society, we don't have to worry about coming across tigers randomly. This is a good instinct to have if you're trying to save someone's life, but in our modern society, we don't have to worry about coming across tigers in the wild. The problem is that your brain is still programmed to respond to negative emotions in the same way — by shutting down the outside world and limiting your options.When you're in a fight with someone, for example, your anger and emotion may consume you to the point where you can't think about anything else. Or, if you're stressed out about everything you need to get done today, you might find it difficult to begin anything because you're paralyzed by how long your to-do list has grown. This is a good instinct to have if you're trying to save someone's life, but in our modern society, we don't have to worry about coming across tigers in the wild. The problem is that your brain is still programmed to respond to negative emotions in the same way — by shutting down the outside world and limiting your options.When you're in a fight with someone, for example, your anger and emotion may consume you to the point where you can't think about anything else. Or, if you're stressed out about everything you need to get done today, you might find it difficult to begin anything because you're paralyzed by how long your to-do list has grown.

Or, if you feel guilty about skipping a workout or eating poorly, all you can think about is how little willpower you possess, how lazy you are, and how unmotivated you are.In each case, your brain shuts down from the outside world and focuses on negative emotions such as fear, anger, and stress, just as it did with the tiger. Negative emotions keep your brain from seeing the other options and choices that are available to you. It's your natural survival instinct. On the other hand positive thoughts aka positive thinking has completely different outcomes in any circumstance

The effects of positive thinking on the brainIt is scientifically proven by another experiment of Fredickson that experiencing positive emotions like joy, contentment and love help a person see more possibilities in life. Positive thinking has a scientific basis, according to research. One cannot change the world, but one can certainly change how one perceives and reacts to it.Experts continue to discover evidence that our thoughts, whether positive or negative, have psychological as well as physiological effects on our bodies.Positive thinking benefits include reduced stress, improved physical and emotional health, an extended lifespan, and improved coping skills.A healthy and happy life requires a positive self-image.According to research, people who are confident in themselves perform better in certain areas of life, such as:Problem solvingMaking decisionsTaking more chancesMaking a statementAiming to accomplish their individual objectives or goals in life

How to develop the art of positive thinking?

  1. When speaking, always use positive words. While saying things like 'I can,' 'I am capable,' etc.
  2. Bring majorly happy feelings into your awareness. Taking time out of a busy day to notice and appreciate the good is a proven way to become more positive.Such three to ten minutes of gratitude have the power to transform the mental state by influencing the mood positively.
  3. Make an effort to disregard and ignore negative thoughts.
  4. Read one page of an inspiring book every day.
  5. Watch films that make you happy.
  6. Surround yourself with people who are optimistic.
  7. Sit and walk with your back straight at all times.
  8. Go for a walk, swim, or engage in other physical activities.
  9. Think positively and expect only good things to happen.
  10. Use words in conversation that evoke feelings and mental images of strength, happiness, and success.

To conclude, it could be said that the art positive thinking could be developed and improvised just like any other art form with practise.

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