Positive thinking : how to practice it ?

Written by: Loris Vitry (coach and Yoga teacher)
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Positive thinking : how to practice it ?
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Positive thinking is a way of thinking that helps us see our daily experiences positively.

After studies, people with positive thoughts recover much faster.

Some people find it very difficult to think positively, while for others, positive thinking is natural.

However, it is possible to develop positive thinking if you practice daily.

Why is it important to have a positive thought?

Having a positive thought affects your daily life and your mood.

This optimistic vision generates positive emotions and helps you to seize the opportunities that arise.

Positive thinking helps build your resilience in the face of stress, your self-esteem as well as your self-confidence.

You can easily combat stress, negativity, and self-criticism, thanks to positive thoughts.

Develop positive thinking

Positive attitudes must be adopted daily.


Laughter is an excellent therapy to remedy negativity and promote good humor.

It leads to improvements in the immune system and the cardiovascular system.

Laughter also hooked the production of wellness hormones, endorphins.

To laugh, watch funny videos, read jokes, or chat with yourself and feed your zest for life.

Exercise regularly

Physical exercise promotes the stimulation of well-being hormones (endorphins) and increases self-confidence.

They also help combat stress and better resistance to diseases.

These benefits affect your thoughts.

Some studies have shown that optimistic people are more likely to play sports than people who cultivate pessimism.

Surround yourself with positive people

The way of thinking is often contagious.

When you hang out with people who always see the wrong side, it will be difficult for you to develop optimistic thinking.

Your entourage can thus influence you negatively or positively.

Surround yourself with positive people who will encourage you to move forward and adopt positive habits.

Give compliments

Compliments make it possible to increase the hour of self for the person who receives but also the one who gives.

So complimenting people help you feel good and improve your social relationships.

Do not abuse it, be straightforward, and tell the person what you like about them.

To convey the message positively, be sincere in your compliments.

Practice meditation

Meditation has a positive effect on your daily life and your way of thinking.

According to a study, the practice of yoga and meditation brings improvements to the DNA structure of people with breast cancer.

Positive thinking can help heal, and meditation can help develop an optimistic mind.

Put yourself in a quiet place and make yourself comfortable.

Take deep breaths and focus as much as possible on your breathing.

Get enough sleep

How long you sleep can affect how you think.

To develop positive thinking, make sure you get enough sleep, 7 to 9 hours will be perfect.

Try to relax before sleep by listening to soft music, for example.

Having regular times for getting up and going to bed will also have a positive influence.

People who lack sleep see things negatively and lack confidence.

Show recognition

Feeling gratitude encourages you to develop positive feelings and have better health.

The feeling of recognition makes you develop happiness.

Learning to cultivate gratitude means taking note of the most important positive things that happen during the day and remember it before bed.

Do this exercise every night and also write down the reasons for your recognition.

Read it all over the weekend; it will boost you positively.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

Some believe that drugs and alcohol can help fight negative thoughts, which is just the opposite.

Alcohol and drugs are depressive substances that only reinforce negative feelings and encourage suicide.

So avoid them if you want to develop your positive thinking.

Practice positive thinking

To do this, you must face negative thoughts.

Become aware of your negative thoughts

Become aware of your negative thoughts is one of the first steps in overcoming negative thoughts.

You need to be aware of these thoughts so that you can face and overcome them.

Negative feelings are mostly related to self-criticism, fear of the future, lack of self-confidence, fear of failure, and low self-esteem.

Seeing things negatively prompts you to think of it as such.


Questioning is about dealing with negative thoughts after realizing it.

Ask yourself if you have a proper analysis of the situation and if it is vital to think negatively.

Try to think of how you would have analyzed the situation if you had to use positive thinking.

Ask yourself if negative thoughts bring you closer or further away from your goals.

Replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts

Try to develop a positive inner vision daily to get rid of your bad habit and have more optimistic and healthier thoughts.

Instead of thinking about your failure on the next exam or interview, visualize your success.

Imagine brilliantly passing the exam or successfully passing the interview.

Instead of thinking that your friends have no time for you, just tell yourself that they are busy and that they love you, which is why they hang out with you.

Don’t compare yourself to others

Comparing yourself with others leads to a lack of confidence and self-esteem and cause you to develop negative thoughts and underestimate your skills.

Instead of focusing on the success of others, stay focused on your different feats, and don’t hesitate to celebrate them.

Reward your progress and have fun.

Have references in your life, but don’t compare.

The development and application of positive thinking should take place daily and at all times.

Put an end to your past failures and mistakes, and don’t let them impact your present.

The development of positive thinking is sometimes behind small details like a smile or a few kind words to someone you care about.


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