Most of us are already very familiar with the idea that positive thinking can help you feel better, motivate you to achieve your goals, and will even contribute to better physical health. Your thoughts can really dictate the quality of your life, your relationships with others, and your ability to find meaning and purpose in practically everything you do.

We know the power and influence of positive thoughts largely thanks to the research that has been conducted for the past 50 years on people with depression and other mental health issues. Oftentimes, these individuals engage in a lot of negative thinking and anticipate negative outcomes in their lives. Negative thoughts have a way of building upon themselves and multiplying to the point that one negative thought can lead to a dozen more catastrophic ideas or possibilities, leaving you feeling completely hopeless, worthless, and unhappy.

Fortunately, positive thoughts have a similar, contagious manner of developing and can even interfere with or interrupt any negative thoughts that can come up from time to time1. However, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones takes practice because you must train your brain to process information differently. Instead of looking at a situation and making a negative or catastrophic conclusion, you must retrain your mind to consider the positive angles of events or situations in your life.

You can train your brain so that your default mode remains on positive thoughts and feelings and there are tools you can use to help in this process. Positive affirmations are a technique used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), one of the leading therapies used to treat people with a variety of emotional and physical health problems, but anyone can use this strategy. It involves creating uplifting, motivational, and inspiring messages and statements that remind you to keep your thoughts in a positive direction.

Positive affirmations are very effective in increasing the frequency of your positive thoughts and also help you maintain positive thinking patterns once you get on a roll with your brain training. Visual indicators of positive affirmations are one of the best ways to remember these uplifting, motivational, and inspiring words and statements.

In your pursuit towards changing your thoughts and improving the way you feel, these reminders will keep you on track and help you combat any roadblocks or struggles along the way. You can actualize these positive affirmations, as what you visualize will soon become your reality.

References

  1. Boyraz, G. & Lightsey, O. R. (2012). Can positive thinking help? Positive automatic thoughts as moderators of the stress-meaning relationship. The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(2), 267-277. doi 10.1111/j.1939-0025.2012.01150.x