Recently, Lifehack posted an article on how to help one think more positively. We really liked it and decided to repost a summary of it.

In a study at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota patients were given a personality test that assessed their levels of optimism and pessimism. The progress of the patients was measured over 30 years, and it was found that the optimists lived longer than average for their age and gender while the pessimists had a shorter than average life. Researchers found that optimism strengthens the immune system and helps people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Optimists feel better about themselves and take better care of themselves, while pessimists confirm their fears by having higher blood pressure, more anxiety and depression. You can choose to have depressing, negative thoughts or inspirational, positive thoughts; your attitude determines your mindset, which in turn determines your behaviours and the outcomes in your life. Many studies show that you will achieve more, feel happier and live longer if you chose the positive option. Here are some tips to boost your positive thinking.

Believe in Yourself It has been shown that self-belief is more important than intelligence, education or connections in terms of life-long achievement.

Set Clear Goals Write down ambitious, but achievable goals, then you are already on the road to accomplishing them.

Form a Mental Picture of Your Success Imagine yourself achieving your goals to help you to put the steps in place in order to achieve them.

Take Ownership and Responsibility for Your Life If you are unhappy with an aspect of your life, then form a plan to change it and take action.

Talk to Yourself Become your own motivator by telling yourself positive things.

Eliminate the Negative Deliberately eliminate worries about difficulties and obstacles by taking a constructive and optimistic attitude.

Associate with Positive People Among your friends, relatives, and associates, those who are optimists will inspire and encourage you, while the pessimists will feed your doubts and make you depressed.

Count Your Blessings We tend to take all the good things in our lives for granted and focus on our failings and needs instead.

Find the Silver Lining Learn to look for the opportunities in every situation that come along and use setbacks as springboards for new successes.

Relax and Enjoy Life More Laughter and relaxation are the best medicine—and the cheapest—so try to keep a balance between work, exercise, relationships and play.

Fake It Acting the confident and self-assured role helps you develop the attitudes and behaviors that go with the part. Positive thinkers achieve more, live longer, and are happier than negative thinkers. Sometimes negative thinking can be an easy option because it is more comfortable and offers less of a challenge. Do not fall into that trap. Stay up and think positively! Please read the full article HERE Original article by Paul Sloane on June 12th, 2013

November 18, 2014 — Aaron Hirsch