Let’s be honest—we all have a couple of negative thoughts that trouble us every now and then. Be it about our jobs or personal life, it isn’t strange to go through phases of negativity that might translate into negative thoughts. It’s only human to feel low after certain experiences.
However, it is definitely problematic when negative thoughts become a regular affair that weighs us down. Thinking negatively too frequently can make our mindset negative, which manifests in the way we live life. That’s why, it is extremely important to learn how to deal with such negative emotions while inculcating positive thinking in our lives.
In fact, thinking positive can actually have some health benefits. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, thinking positively can help you live a healthier life while also ensuring a long life! Hence, including this simple change in life can help you live better.
Here are some scientific ways to think more positively:
1. Meditate, meditate, meditate
Our lives are extremely busy and constantly moving. This makes us forget that we need to disconnect from all of it, even if only for twenty minutes a day, in order to refresh our mental prowess. Meditation can really help you take a step back, tune back to positivity and enhance your mental focus.
In fact, a study by the University of North Carolina observed that meditating can enhance positive emotions such as amusement and gratitude.
2. Practice gratitude, please
When you’ve had a tough day, you’ll notice that appreciating what you have in life makes you instantly feel uplifted. Here’s something to try: write down what you appreciate about life or about something good that happened in your day. Do this exercise regularly and you will notice that your mindset becomes more positive.
A study published on PubMed Central confirms this! It has found that writing down what you appreciate in life on a regular basis can enhance your feeling of well-being.
3. Laughter yoga FTW
Ever noticed how people who practice yoga often laugh as a part of their practice? It is called laughter yoga or hasyayoga. It is believed that voluntarily laughing will have the same psychological effect of joy as spontaneous laughter. Hence, it can have a positive impact on your mental health.
Another study published on PubMed Central notes that laughter yoga has an impactful role to play when it comes to reducing anxiety as well as fixing sleep patter.
4. Practice positive self-talk
We all indulge in self-talk. How can we not? It is a good way to analyse our actions, plan ahead, and look at life as it is. However, many people tend to be overly negative on themselves and it reflects in their self-talk. Phrases like ‘bad things always happen to me’ or, ‘I can’t do anything right’ come to the mind. These phrases, over time, can affect our mental health negatively.
Hence, it is important to correct yourself whenever you’re indulging in self-talk. Remind yourself that ‘I can do this easily’ and ‘I’m capable of managing this situation.’ You’ll feel the difference in your feelings. In fact, research from the University of Toronto observes that having a positive ‘inner voice’ can help you avoid making impulsive decisions without weighing the consequences.
So, with just a few simple practices, you can make sure your thought process stays positive and your mental health stays well.