Have you ever had a day that started with the alarm not going off. You think, “Oh, no, not one of those days.” You can’t figure out what to wear. When you finally do, you spill the coffee on your only clean white shirt. You forget your lunch on the way to work. You wish you could start the day over.
Or you wake up from the alarm going off and think to yourself, “Oh, that was so nice to get a little extra sleep. I guess I’ll skip the shower because I certainly can’t skip my coffee.” Don’t rush. Take some deep breaths and begin your day.
I know which day I’d like to start!
Negative thoughts are like a disease infecting you. Negative thoughts are the chatter in your head in the middle of the night or when you’re feeling anxious. To appreciate and understand positive thoughts, you often have to have the negative thoughts first. Here are some negative thoughts and the more positive thoughts that can replace them.
• Worry can become Calm.
• Anger can become Happiness.
• Fear can become Courage.
• Doubt can become Faith.
• Insecurity can become Confidence.
Why not start today to become a Positive Thinker?
~Early Thinkers of Positive Thought~
We often think that our modern society is the first to come up with these new age ideas. However, many of these thoughts have been around for centuries. It has always been part of the human experience to questions life and the world around us.
Here are some examples of Ancient Positive Thinkers:
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.”
~Buddha – founder of Buddhism (circa – 483 BCE)
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
~Marcus Aurelius – Roman emperor (161 -180 AD)
“Men are not troubled by things themselves, but by their thoughts about them”.
~Epictetus – Greek Philosopher (C. 55 – C. 135)
“Take charge of your thoughts. You can do what you will with them”.
~Plato – Greek Philosopher and Prose Writer (428-327 BC)
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
~The Bible – (Proverbs 237)
“I think, therefore I am.”
~ Renes Descartes, French philosopher (1637)
“The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.”
~John Locke, English philosopher (1699)
“The ancestor of every action is a thought.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
~20/21 st Century Positive Thinkers~
Positive thinking is very popular today. Many of us are familiar with more modern day thinkers like:
“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”
~Norman Vincent Peale, author of the Power of Positive Thinking
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
~Dr Wayne Dyer, author and inspirational speaker
“The simple truth is that happy people generally don’t get sick”
~Bernie Siegel M.D., author and Mind- Body doctor
“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”
~Sarah Ban Breathnach, author
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
“The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking” ~Albert Einstein
Here are 21 ways that you can become a Positive Thinker:
1. Surround yourself with positive people.
2. Watch positive movies.
3. Take a news fast or don’t watch the news very often.
5. Have good posture.
6. Tell jokes (see some good ones to tell your kids) or learn a magic trick. It will make everyone around you smile, too. See the humor or irony in situations.
7. Be thankful for the little things in your life.
8. Try something new. Drive to work a new way.
9. Read something short and inspiring everyday.
11. Express gratitude to people in your life.
12. Anticipate the best – Be optimistic.
13. Live the moment.
14. Fake it ‘til you make it.
15. Say positive affirmations.
16. Think of people who are going through something much more difficult than you are right now.
17. Find the silver lining.
18. Imagine a great future.
19. Think about the good in your day before you go to sleep.
20. Play with kids. I’m with 4 and 5 year-olds every day. They live in the moment. It’s uplifting to be with them.
21. Practice Lucky Thinking.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
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