Life is all about perspective. Even during the toughest times, our outlook on the world can, quite literally, make a world of difference. As individuals, we are all in charge of writing our own narrative and constructing the reality in which we live. Each life experience has the potential to teach us a valuable lesson and yet, so often when things aren’t going exactly as we’d hoped, we get caught up in the negative. It sometimes seems easier to focus on what went wrong rather than accepting it and reflecting on what went right. Negative thoughts can be just as damaging and debilitating as any disease.
In an effort to clear your mind and shift your narrative, practice accepting your experiences as a gift and choosing to see the goodness in each day. Practicing daily gratitude can release you from the negative emotion connected to a specific event and change your perspective into one that is positive and reflective. Consider focusing on your strengths instead of weaknesses or practicing daily affirmations. Reflect on the inputs in your life and how you respond to them. A positive perspective is critical to building happiness that transcends any life circumstance.
Not only does positive thinking help you develop the resiliency to more easily adapt and face adversity, according to the Mayo Clinic, it has several powerful health benefits including:
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Improved immunity
- Increased psychological and physical health
- Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
Life may not get easier but you absolutely have the ability to become stronger and more resilient to build a positive and productive life that you love!