“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” -Oprah Winfrey
Did you know that positive thinking creates more possibilities and opportunities in your life? If you’re skeptical, grab a coffee, get cozy, and let me explain why.
Before I share some benefits of positive thinking, I want to tell you how positive thinking, no matter the circumstances, brought me possibilities and opportunities. I believe in the power of manifesting your dreams. One of the many ways I have manifested dreams is by writing them down on a piece of paper. At age 13, I had a dream of becoming a Laker Girl. I wrote down I would dance for the Los Angeles Lakers one day and at age 22, I became a LAKER GIRL. But, becoming one didn’t come as easy as I thought, it took hard work. I tried out to be a Laker Girl 3 times before I made the squad. Even through rejection, tears, confusion, and disappointment, I never let those feelings get in the way of my dreams.
No matter what your dream is, speak it aloud, believe it, visualize it, work for it, and practice patience. There is a proper time for everything….
What are some benefits of gratitude?
- Gratitude improves your physical and mental health. Expressing appreciation and being thankful can reduce depression, lower blood pressure, increase energy and happiness. Gratitude also increases the feel-good neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin and helps you avoid those negative thoughts.
- Gratitude brings better performance in the workplace and more support from coworkers. Positive people are less likely to be unemployed.
- Gratitude improves your sleep. Studies found grateful people sleep longer and better. Writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being. Spend just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer.
- Gratitude enhances your self-esteem. By identifying 3 things that you appreciate about yourself like personality traits or qualities builds your confidence. Also, people who are grateful have more confidence due to their ability to appreciate other peoples’ accomplishments.
- Gratitude brings healthy and lasting relationships. Grateful couples are more satisfied, feel a deeper sense of connection, and are more likely to work on their relationship during tough times instead of leaving. Gratitude is thinking about your partners best traits and remembering why you got in a relationship with them in the first place.
How do you practice gratitude?
- Write down new things you are grateful for everyday.
- Send a thank you letter expressing your gratitude towards someone who has made a difference in your life. Don’t be afraid of being vulnerable.
- Share the day’s grateful moments around the dinner table with family and friends.
- Remove toxic people from your life. You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. It is extremely hard to stay positive if you are surrounded by negative people.
- Daily physical or leisure activities reduce stress and stir up passion and creativity in ones mind.
One of my favorite books to read to keep your thoughts positive is The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale! A simple journal to start each day with gratitude you will actually stick with is The Five-Minute Journal.
Things to remember…
- Be conscious of your thoughts
- Exercise to improve body and mood
- Don’t be stuck in negative thinking patterns
- Be kind to yourself
- Manifest your dreams and don’t give up
- A positive outlook is a choice