Positive Thinking: 12 Simple Steps to Overcome Negative Thoughts

Positive thinking is important. Life can be challenging at times and it might seem difficult to be cheerful and maintain a positive outlook. However, you would be surprised how much thinking positively can change your outlook. Negative thoughts only drain our energy and keep us from living in the present and enjoying every moment. If we give in to our negative thoughts, they will only grow strong and eventually overpower us, leaving us feeling empty and depressed.


And in case you are searching for the ways how to be happy, it all starts within yourself. Thinking positively can have a positive impact on our state of mind, which is a great piece of news.

The secret to being happy is learning to love yourself and that starts with positive thoughts. You can’t love yourself if you are consistently putting yourself down and having negative, self-defeating thoughts.

In this article, we will give you some helpful advice on how to think positively. The power of positive thinking can change your life, teach you to love yourself more, and help you find the keys to happiness.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

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If you are constantly around people who are trying to bring you down or are always looking for the negative in life, it will only hold you back. Surround yourself with happy, positive people who truly love and support you. Rid yourself of the relationships that are toxic.


Smile Often

Smiling is contagious and it will make you feel better. Force yourself to smile more often, and you will start to feel better without even trying! Besides, it takes fewer muscles to smile then frown!

Take Responsibility for Your Life

Stop blaming others for your mistakes. You are a human just as is everyone else and you are going to make mistakes. Simply learn from them and move on. Take responsibility for your actions and move forward!


Do Yoga or Meditate

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Yoga is beneficial for the mind, body, and soul. If you don’t have the time to attend a class, you can find some beginner yoga videos online. You don’t have to become an expert. Just do a few simple stretches or poses in the morning and/or before you go to bed at night, or mediate. There are plenty of free guided meditations online. Or simply, find a quiet place, put on some quiet music and clear your mind. You will feel more at ease and you will get rid of the negative and toxic thoughts that are weighing you down and holding you back.

Sing Out Loud

Singing out loud can really lift your spirits. Turn on your favorite song and sing along. Singing aloud reduced endorphins in your brain and also improves blood circulation. It is a fun way to reduce stress. Better yet, sing AND dance those blues away!


Count Your Blessings

Make a list of the things for which you are grateful every day. Write down one positive thing that happened that day and keep it in a journal, or write it on a slip of paper and put it in a “Blessings Jar.” Reread your notes often to remind yourself of the good things in your life.

Read Inspirational Literature/Quotes

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Find inspirational books and quotes to read in order to motivate your thinking. Choose your favorite ones and put them on Post-It notes and leave them where you will see them: on your mirror, on your desk at work, wherever they will inspire you. Listen to self-motivational CDs, podcasts or tapes to lift your spirits. Start off each day with a positive thought and/or affirmation and carry it with you throughout the day.

Help Others

One of the best ways to feel positive is to help others. Pay it forward. Do one small nice thing for someone every day. Donate to a charity or better yet, volunteer your time at the local food bank or animal shelter. Give something back to the society and you will feel like you are making a contribution. It will help someone else and boost your spirits at the same time.


Turn Negative Thoughts into Positive Ones

This is easier said than done. As we all know, one small, negative thought can spiral out of control. However, if you nip it in the bud and turn it around into positive, you will feel a thousand times better. Focus on the positive rather than the negative!

Find Something That You are Passionate About

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One of the best ways to feel good about yourself is to find your passion and embrace it. Do you like to write? Are you artistic? Can you play an instrument? Do you have a specific cause that you care about deeply? Find your passion and immerse yourself in it. Finding an outlet will help you feel much better and can greatly eliminate stress, depression, and anxiety.

Learn from Your Mistakes and Move On

Again, we are all human and we all make mistakes. However, if we sit there and dwell on them, of course, we are going to feel horrible. Use it as a lesson, learn from it, and move on. It will make you stronger and you will be grateful in the long run. Accept that you have faults, as so does everyone else. No one is perfect. Every day is a chance to start over, so take a deep breath and move ahead.


Set Small, Attainable Goals

Baby steps, you aren’t going to accomplish your goals in one day. Take small steps to reach your goal. This doesn’t mean you can’t dream big. Just make sure that your goals are realistic. Don’t ever lose sight of your dreams. But remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and anything worth fighting for is going to take time and effort. And the harder you try, the sweeter the reward!

All of these steps will help you overcome negative thoughts. There is power in positive thinking!