Happy Thoughts:
7 Ways

Happy Thoughts: 7 Ways

In the mini-memoires of my life I tell you about two major turning points in my life. First the divorce of my parents, which had such an impact on my life that I spent the 25 years of my life following that event mostly in anger, protest and a negative attitude.

Then came the moment that I read somewhere ‘If you realize how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought again’. I recognized my behaviour, became aware of the thoughts I was thinking and the negative impact they had on my life, the lives of the people around me and on my overall well-being.

I started focusing on the positive and got fascinated by self development and creating a significant life for myself and the ones around me.

Negative thoughts drain you of energy and the more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. Like a snow ball that starts rolling and as it rolls, becomes bigger and faster.

That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect leading into a beautiful outcome.

You are what you think. So watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny!

And if you think that changing negative thought patterns is incredibly difficult, than that is a negative thought in itself. Think optimistically: you can change your negative thoughts to positive ones. All it takes is persistence and the understanding that you, and you alone, are in control of the thoughts that pass through your mind.

So here they are: seven ways to re-program the way you think and change any aspect of your life for the better!

Always take responsibility for your attitude

Remember that you experience about 50,000 to 60,000 thoughts every single day of your life. And they’re your thoughts. Nobody controls how you feel and think unless you let them. This might seem like a very challenging idea if you’re used to absorbing the emotions and opinions of other people. It is always you who is making the choice to think positively or negatively. Stop being a negative thinker. Just stop it!

Create positive affirmations

The word affirmation comes from the Latin ‘affirmare’, originally meaning ‘to make steady, strengthen’. Affirmations are positive statements that describe a desired situation. Repeat them often and they’ll get impressed on the subconscious mind. Affirmations help purify your thoughts and restructure the dynamic of your brain so that you truly begin to think nothing is impossible. This is triggered into positive action to make the positive statements come true.

Some great examples:
‘I possess the qualities needed to be extremely successful.’
‘I am courageous and I stand up for myself.’
‘I am a powerhouse; I am indestructible.’
‘I radiate beauty, charm, and grace.’

Rephrase your malady

If you don’t feel well or you’re tired, never tell anyone that. Every time you say something like, ‘I’m feeling so tired’ you’re simply adding to your burden. The more you repeat your complaints, the worse you’ll feel. Instead, say, ‘I could use more energy’ or, ‘Once I’m fit and healthy, I’ll be fine.’ Focus on the positive, desired outcome.

Meditate or do yoga

Meditation of yoga takes your focus away from my thoughts and brings your attention to your breath. Yoga is also very relaxing which helps ease the mind. Meditation or yoga help you to stay present to your experience instead of jumping to what could happen. It brings you back to the now. The only moment, the most important moment.

Surround yourself with positive people

In our everyday life we are surrounded by a variety of people. Some of the people we deal with on a daily basis are a joy to be with. Their presence nurtures and encourages us. Others may have the opposite effect, draining us of our energy and making us feel tired and exhausted. For better or worse, we become more like the people we hang out with. Postive people hang out with people who are likeminded and supportive. You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. Socialize with people who create energy.

Be grateful

Count your blessings instead of sheep before you fall asleep. Reflect on the day and identify 5 things you are grateful for. Grateful people show higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, and optimism. It’s simple: gratitude makes you happier!

Forgive yourself and others

Beating yourself up about past negative thoughts and behavior is a negative thought and behavior in itself. The same goes for holding grudges against others. You are only hurting yourself by holding onto that negative energy. Focus on letting go and being joyful in this present moment while embracing the endless possibilities of the future that lies ahead.

The good news: if you are open to it and willing to put in the work you can change negative thinking patterns and have a life beyond your wildest dreams! Just work on it one day at a time and you will begin to see the beautiful shift.


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Mirjam Stoffels

Founder of seven2success, author of ‘Daily Little Secrets to Success’ and guest blogger at Project Eve and 365 dagen succesvol. In my mission to make seven2success the biggest platform of knowledge and inspiration for women, I want to inspire you with our content! Check us out on Facebook and Twitter! I’d love to connect!  And do you want to inspire other women? Write for us!

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