When it comes to your outlook, you either see the glass as “half full” or “half empty”.
But what does this really mean?
At its most basic, it means you are either an optimist or a pessimist.
Most of us don’t put much thought into our outlook beyond the labels.
But did you know your outlook determines how you live your life?
A positive person tends to be happier and successful, while a negative person tends to be unhappy and less successful.
Why is this?
It’s because positive thinking allows you to see the possibilities in life.
You are never limited.
This is just one of the benefits of positive thinking.
Taking this idea one step further, when you start to think positively, you will begin a cycle that you won’t necessarily notice at first.
When you begin thinking positive:
- You become more motivated
- Then you put yourself into a better mood
- Followed by being happier more often
- Which leads to trying out new things
- And then more success
- And more happiness
- Followed by more motivation
As you can see the cycle of positive thinking builds upon itself and makes you a better all-around person.
Controlling And Changing Your Thoughts
The good news for negative thinkers is you can become a positive person.
Writers and scientists alike often describe the human brain in terms of space.
Specifically, they compare neurons in our brains to stars in a galaxy.
I like this image, this connection between the infinite universe around us and the finite universe of our own selves.
We have billions of neurons in our brains, and when we think and learn, we create and reinforce electrochemical paths between them.
Imagine if you will, your own brain as a night sky, with great leaps of light crackling in bursts between your neuron stars.
As you think new thoughts, as you experience new things, you create more connections, branches and loops and patterns of light across your sky.
When you remember, you reinforce these shining paths.
Picturing my brain this way is not only a cool idea, it makes me more aware of my own thoughts.
I want to try to make as many connections as I can be positive ones, to forge paths of cheerfulness and blaze trails of beauty inside my own head.
If we are literally shaping our own minds, as science now tells us is possible, let’s do it with as much love and joy as we possibly can by using the power of positive thinking.
The Benefits of Positive Thinking
As interesting it is to be able to have the control over your life, the benefits of positive thinking don’t end there.
In fact, there are many additional benefits of positive thinking.
In the infographic below, I show you many of the benefits and also how to start thinking positively.
The goal of learning to think positively is a longer, happier life.
But it doesn’t happen overnight.
It takes time to go from thinking negatively all the time to thinking positively.
But it can be done.
And it is more than worth the effort you will put into it.
So check out the infographic below and start reaping the benefits of positive thinking today.
Jon Dulin is the passionate leader of Unfinished Success, a personal development website that inspires people to take control of their own lives and reach their full potential. His commitment to helping others achieve greatness shines through in everything he does. He’s an unstoppable force with lots of wisdom, creativity, and enthusiasm – all focused on helping others build a better future. Jon enjoys writing articles about productivity, goal setting, self-development, and mindset. He also uses quotes and affirmations to help motivate and inspire himself. You can learn more about him on his About page.