The Power of Positive Thinking
A positive thought can carry you for hundreds of miles, while a negative moment can stop you dead in your tracks. Stay the course of pursuing a happy, healthy and fulfilled life by embracing the power of positive thinking. The best fuel to keep propelling your journey forward to everlasting joy, strength and satisfaction includes the right mix of good thoughts, supportive influences and a strong heart.
Focus on What Makes You Happy
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut doing what you think you’re supposed to be doing or what others expect of you. To be truly happy, though, you need to be real with yourself and not focus on a perceived, artificial sense of happiness that may be portrayed by your friends, family or the media.
“My mom instilled in me the importance of focusing on what makes you happy,” reflects Natasha Williams, massage therapist at Elements Glendale. “It’s important to know yourself and not worry about what anyone else says or thinks.”
Another element to achieving happiness is making it a point to give yourself a break. Too many times, you can be your biggest critic. Let yourself be happy and enjoy the times when you accomplish a goal. If you fall short, it’s OK. Chalk it up as a learning experience and move on. Be happy with the person you are and don’t waste your energy beating yourself up emotionally for what could’ve been or will be in your future.
“I believe that everything happens for a reason and better things will come along if you don’t get the first opportunity you were looking forward to,” Williams shares. “Tell yourself that tomorrow is another day.”
Funnel Out Negative Thoughts and Influences
Small nagging feelings and negative influences that continually chip away at your positive attitude can quickly become road blocks to experiencing happiness. Turn away this type of negativity by not dwelling on it, but rather focusing on all of the good things that happened during your day (both large and small) and the people who mean the most in your life. By staying mentally strong, you are setting yourself up for a more positive and fulfilling lifestyle.
“If you have more of a mental hold on yourself, you are a stronger person who can deal with negative experiences better,” says Williams. “It’s important to keep yourself together and content.”
Life is too short to be bombarded by the negative influences of your social media friends or the gloomy stories highlighted on the nightly news. Instead, surround yourself with good-natured people who actually live in your neighborhood and are invested in establishing a supportive community. Also, keep your social media activity focused on sharing uplifting stories, milestones achieved and the small happy moments that make up your day.
“People are going to talk and you’re going to hear about it. But, you know yourself the best and it’s important to focus on that,” advises Williams.
Follow Your Heart
The beat of your heart is the source of your literal livelihood. But it's also your figurative guiding compass for directing you toward happiness and a sense of fulfillment.
To stay on track to living a prosperous life, Williams believes that it’s imperative to follow your heart and everything else will naturally fall into place as it’s meant to be.
“I honestly just count my blessings and focus on how lucky I am to have such a great family, friends and support system,” shares Williams.
You are who you are by the life experiences, influences and beliefs you choose to adopt. But, you are the only person who can truly make you happy. If you believe in yourself and the power of positive thinking, great things could be waiting for you right around the corner.