One of the most powerful tools we have as a human being is our brain. In fact, the brain is so powerful, that it takes 82,944 processors to simulate 1 second of human brain activity. So if your brain is so powerful, shouldn’t you be able to change the way you think about things in order to change your life? It is estimated that the average person has anywhere between 25,000 – 50,000 thoughts per day. Here’s the kicker though… it’s estimated that 70% of these thoughts are negative.
What if we could use this brain power to convert our negative thoughts into positive thoughts? What are some of the benefits of positive thinking?
Well, first, positive thinking proves to provide many health benefits:
- Lower rates of depression
- Longer life span
- Better cardiovascular health
- Better coping skills in times of stress
With clear health benefits it seems like everyone should try to think positive more often. But how can you do this? Here’s how:
- Start noticing what you’re thinking about more often. If you find yourself thinking about something in a negative way, gently discard the negative thoughts and start thinking about something positive.
- Start using the technique discussed below this list. Thinking about boring or arduous tasks in a more positive light can really change your perspective on the tasks at hand.
- Start meditating. This may not be for everyone, however, meditation teaches you not to avoid stressful thoughts completely, but rather push them aside and concentrate on gently refocusing your attention. This is a skill that can be incredibly useful in day-to-day life.
Changing the way you think can also help you stay productive and stick to habits. For example, not many people actually enjoy studying for classes. So next time you’re going to study, instead of saying to yourself: “Damn it! I have to study,” say to yourself: “Yes! I have the opportunity to learn something new and improve myself!” It’s really that simple. You can use this technique in any part of your life: diet, exercise, work, chores, etc.
So not only are you using your brain to create positive experiences for habitual tasks, you are improving your health too! It will be difficult at first to monitor your thoughts and change the negative to positive. However, once you start changing the way you think, you will be happier, healthier, and more productive than you have felt in a long time.