Grasping the Key Concepts
To understand positive thinking, begin with an overview of its benefits and how it works. At work or play, with friends or family, positive people are happier and more successful than those with a negative approach. Put simply, positivity works.
What is Positive Thinking?
Positive thinking is about more than the thoughts that you have. It is an entire approach to life. It means focusing on the positives in any situation, rather than the negatives. It means thinking well of yourself rather than constantly putting yourself down. It means thinking well of others, and dealing with them positively. It means expecting the best from the world, and trusting it will provide.
Creating a Positive World
To start thinking positively, it is important to realize that the way you experience something is determined by what you think about it. It may appear that events are intrinsically happy or sad, but in fact it is your responses that make them feel good or bad, pleasurable or painful. If you face the world with pessimism, cynicism, and self-criticism, you will experience life as negative; if you respond with optimism, excitement, and confidence, you will create a cycle of positivity that builds your energy and inspires others.
Positive thinking means keeping sufficiently balanced in your awareness of problems to stay motivated, able to take action, and feel good about what you are doing. This does not mean you should ignore difficulties or be relentlessly optimistic. Ideally you should register problems - perhaps a bad day at work or an argument with your partner - and then, instead of getting locked in paralyzing loops of bad feeling, move quickly to take action to solve those difficulties.