The power of positive thinking is old news. We’ve become well familiarized with the idea that what we think about, feel, and believe makes a huge difference in our lives. Not only does positive thinking make you feel better, it also creates better results in your life—and the lives of those around you.
How do you get to the point of naturally thinking and feeling positively when there is so much around us that seems to invite pessimism?
Here are three things you can do right now to program yourself with a positive outlook and a happier inner vibration (For more details check out the book “Buddha’s Brain” by Rick Hanson, Ph.D. and Richard Mendius, M.D.):
1. Actively look for the positive: You may be subconsciously conditioned to see the world pessimistically, so it may take some effort to look for the positive. But, really, it’s just a good habit that you can develop. Seek out good news, positive people, and the best possibilities in whatever happens.
2. Once you find something positive focus on it for an extended period of time: Go into it in greater depth, so you begin to see even more positive elements under the surface. Imagine how that one little positive element could grow into something even better with a little attention.
3. Feel that positive experience deeply: Take in the positive with all your senses. Allow the positive element to brighten and stand out in the foreground of your awareness. Accentuate it. Tune in to how that positive element makes your body feel. Let it warm your heart. Feel your body tingle with anticipation of what good things could come if there were more positive events and actions like this.
The more you focus on the positive, keep it in your attention, and enhance the felt experience of it, the more you build the neural networks that enable you to perceive the positive in any situation. This is not some kind of wishy-washy thinking. It is training your mind and body for success and happiness.