Thoughts are powerful and can influence your feelings and outlook on life...
…but thoughts alone will not make you rich, happy, successful, or healthy. For example, studies have shown that sitting on the couch thinking about going to the gym burns between zero and zero calories! However, thinking positive thoughts can certainly help you feel better and happier about your life.
Making it a point to look on the bright side is a positive strategy to incorporate into your life. Learning to let go of negative emotions helps you focus on more positive things… no wallowing!
Here are a few quick tips to help you:
– Enjoy a good laugh. Laughter really is good medicine. Try to enjoy a good laugh every day. Watch a funny movie, tell a stupid joke, whatever gets you to laugh out loud!
– Spend some time with friends and family that make you feel good. Misery loves company; don’t be that company to others! Be happy and positive and spend time with others who share that same philosophy; it’s good for your health.
– Spend time volunteering. Helping others gives many people a sense of purpose and it can be a powerful reminder of how lucky you are in your own life.
– Visualize yourself being successful. Again, visualizing without action won’t bring results, but visualization can be a powerful tool in helping you reach your goals. Athletes use this frequently to help them see themselves being successful. I myself have used it in marathon running (visualizing reaching the finish line). But just remember, you’ve got to also put in the work and effort (I visualize crossing the finish line while I am out on a run).
– Don’t take yourself so seriously! It’s okay to laugh at yourself sometimes. When you trip over your own two feet, when you drop a stack of papers in the hall in front of everyone, when you wear two different shoes to work, it’s okay to laugh about it. None of these things will matter in the long run, so stop stressing over them.
Take care of yourself, be nice to yourself, and be well. And until next time…veg in, don’t veg out!
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