The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, and sometimes it can feel a little cliché. However, the physical and mental benefits of positive thinking have been demonstrated by multiple scientific studies. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression and other stress-related disorders.
Having a positive mindset when everything is going well is easy to practice. It becomes almost impossible to think positively in difficult times. Entering into a day with something positive is crucial. Start your day with expressions of gratitude. Everyday kick off your day by being thankful for something you already have. It could be as simple as waking up and making a mindful statement that you are grateful to be awake. It could follow with being grateful for your family, your home, your health, your life. Starting your day with bad news or having a call with a negative person in the morning can spoil your entire day. Try to listen to or interact with something positive when you wake up. Enjoy that cup of coffee and start the day off right.
Characteristics and Traits of a Positive Mindset: 6 Examples
So, now we know what a positive mindset is, we can dive into the next important question: What does it look like?
There are many traits and characteristics associated with a positive mindset, including:
• Optimism: a willingness to make an effort and take a chance instead of assuming your efforts won’t pay off.
• Acceptance: acknowledging that things don’t always turn out how you want them to, but learning from your mistakes.
• Resilience: bouncing back from adversity, disappointment, and failure instead of giving up.
• Gratitude: actively, continuously appreciating the good things in your life
• Consciousness/Mindfulness: dedicating the mind to conscious awareness and enhancing the ability to focus.
• Integrity: the trait of being honorable, righteous, and straightforward, instead of deceitful and self-serving
Not only are these characteristics of a positive mindset, but they may also work in the other direction—actively adopting optimism, acceptance, resilience, gratitude, mindfulness, and integrity in your life will help you develop and maintain a positive mindset.
“we are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think”