By Sudeshna Saha

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

07 December 2021
Medically reviewed by
Dhanashree Padhye
MA (Psychology)
How To Be Positive?
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Everything in life is based on our outlook, the way we see things helps a lot to change our perspective. It’s a knife for some and a weapon for others, being optimistic in life is very important not only to make your life joyful but also to keep yourself physically healthy.

Our mind is interlinked with our entire neuron system, everything we think affects us physically as well when we are happy we can feel our body feeling calm and relaxed when we are nervous or scared we can feel our heartbeat racing.

Our mind controls every single part of our body and our emotions play a very important role in that as well, studies have shown that people who are optimistic are not prone to any lifelong illnesses such as

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Infection
  • Respiratory diseases

Why Should We Choose Optimism?

Thinking everything with a “yes I can” mindset can help you to be ten times happier than you are, when you start looking at things with a very happy perspective then things change and it can also allow yourself to be cheerful and happy, the more sad things you say about yourself the more negative and unhappy you get. Other benefits include:

Optimism- A Key Towards Happiness:

Positive thinking can increase your lifespan as well as your productivity, it is important to build this skill. Being optimistic is not something that can happen instantaneously.

It takes a lot of time to build this skill, especially if you are habitual to negative thinking. Breaking a routine takes a lot of time, here are some tips which can help you to think positively. (Tod, D., Hardy, J. and Oliver, E., 2011)

Positive Self Talk:

Stand in front of the hand mirror and see yourself, one positive self-talk a day can change your entire feeling and make your mood enthusiastic. Tone down the negative self-talk, replace words like “I cannot do this” with “I can do this”.

Deterring yourself from using any derogatory words for yourself, negative self-talk is basically a coping mechanism from anxiety so when you are anxious it is important to not degrade your own self.

Practice Gratitude:

When a person starts valuing the things they have instead of ignoring them, that’s when a person is able to think optimistically. By thinking about all the happy moments in life or being grateful to the people around you can help you make yourself feel grateful and positive, ranging from your pet dog to the small coffee shop near you; you can be grateful about anything that helps you to stay happy


Writing about your feelings can help you to articulate your emotions in the right way. Write about things that make you happy, had a good time with your friends? Romanticize the moments that made you laugh or just made you feel like yourself and write about it in depth.

Journaling is also a good form of self-care, it is a method that can help you to focus on yourself and all the positive things around you as well.

Keep a habit of journaling every day, after coming home from work or college, sit down and start writing about every single thing that made you happy throughout the day.

Practice Self Care:

In today’s world, it is difficult to have your own space. Everyone is busy throughout the day, to the point where we completely forget about maintaining ourselves, we are so active and engrossed with our negativity that we forget to relax.

Just take a few hours for yourself after having a very hectic day, apply face masks, make an exquisite meal for yourself and listen to your favorite album or watch any movie or any certain episode from your comfort show that makes you feel relaxed. It is very important to treat yourself from time to time, just one hour of self-care can help you to think positively. Solo travel self care (Van Raalte, J.L., Brewer, B.W., Lewis, B.P., Linder, D.E., Wildman, G. and Kozimor, J., 1995)

What Provokes Negative Thinking?

People are not been pessimists since birth, our thinking habits are influenced by every single thing that has affected us in the past, so if you have a habit to think about everything in a negative way then it's mainly because of

  • Lack of attention from their loved ones since childhood
  • Lots of disappointment in the past
  • The overwhelming fear of failure
  • Low self esteem

Stay Away From Negativity:

Negativity is a very toxic trait, not just because it harms your health but also it harms other people around you as well. The more you indulge yourself in negative thinking the more you get habitual to it and then it gets very difficult to break that habit.

Extreme negative thinking leads to chronic anxiety and panic attacks as well, if you have reached a point where you are not able to help yourself emotionally and if you are in a dire need of help then it is crucial to seek a professional and have proper medications.

It is important to remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health and it should be taken care of as much as you can. (Weinberg, R.S., Smith, J., Jackson, A. and Gould, D., 1984)

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