Positive Thinking Day is a time set aside each year to concentrate on all things positive. An American entrepreneur started this day in 2003 so that people could commemorate the many rewards that can be found in thinking positively.
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Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.Zig Ziglar
As we are sure you have guessed from the name, Positive Thinking Day is all about encouraging positive thoughts! On this date, no negative thoughts are allowed! There are a lot of people in life who tend to view the negative in every situation, rather than the positive. This isn’t always bad, of course. It can mean that you are prepared for the worst and always pleasantly surprised. However, too much negativity can be bad for the soul. In fact, you can prolong your life with happiness and optimism. So, on this date, and other dates too, try to encourage yourself to think positively.
There are a number of different techniques and approaches that you can use to try and be more of a positive thinker. This includes catching your thoughts and reframing them. If you find yourself having a negative reaction to something, try to change your perspective. You need to be in that moment. Recognize that you are thinking about something from a negative standpoint. Take a few moments to think about the positives. You can even write them down. Remember, the positives don’t have to be huge, monumental wins. They can be small wins. A lot of small wins throughout the day can result in great positive thinking overall. Baby steps, as they say!
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.Oprah Winfrey
Another way to be more of a positive thinker is to be aware of your automatic reactions. What is your natural and go-to way of reacting? Are you someone that will think their entire day is ruined if you spill your coffee over yourself on the way to work? Are you the type of person that will laugh it off and try to look on the bright side? Perhaps you have been drinking too much coffee anyway? Maybe it gives you the perfect excuse to go out and buy that shirt you have been wanting for quite some time now? If you fall into the negative category, don’t be harsh on yourself. Instead, be aware of this, and think about how you can start changing this behavior so that you can be more positive on a day-to-day basis.
We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.Abraham Lincoln
It is also important to try and let go of your fear. Fear is what creates negativity. Think about it: at the bottom of your negative thoughts, you will probably find fear. Let’s go back to the coffee example. What’s brought on those negative thoughts? Well, it may be the fear that everyone is going to look at you because you have coffee on your shirt, right? It may be the fear that you have wasted money on a coffee and it has gone to waste?
We all have different fears, and so you need to focus on letting go of these fears. One way to do this is to close your eyes. Think about where the fear is coming from, and then visualize all of the stress fading away. This does not work for everyone, so spend some time researching different techniques and trying them out until you find something that works for you. From meditation to visualization; there are lots of different options.
History of Positive Thinking Day
Positive Thinking Day has been going since 2003. We have an American entrepreneur to thank for this date, which has been set aside to celebrate all of the benefits associated with positive thinking, and to practice positive thinking ourselves. On this day, you have one goal, and that is to think positively at all times!
There are a lot of benefits that are associated with positive thinking. There are a number of studies, which have been published online, which show that the risk of heart disease can be lowered through positive thinking and that stress can be reduced as well. Studies have also shown that positive thinking can increase a person’s life span and lower depression as well.
We have even come across studies that have revealed that there is a link between positive thinking and increasing the resistance of the body to the common cold. You could even spend a little bit of time on Positive Thinking Day looking into the benefits of positive thinking and the various studies that have been carried out.
How to Celebrate Positive Thinking Day
If you are not sure what to do to celebrate, here are a few suggestions.
- Start the day positively by saying “Today is going to be a good day!” This will set the tone for the day ahead of you.
- Say some affirmations. These are positive sentences about you or your circumstances that can give you boldness, confidence and self-esteem.
- Hang around with positive people.
- Show gratitude for the simple things in life.
- Read or watch positive, motivational books and movies.
- Be kind to someone today.
- Finally, the best thing you can do for yourself and others, today and everyday is to simply smile.