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3 Positive

Thinking Tips

to Get You Started on the Road

to Positivity

"My head works for my heart - not the other way around"

"Negative thoughts dragging you down? Get into the habit of thinking positively. Here are some positive thinking tips to help get you started on your journey to positivity.

1. Smile - Ever heard the saying "Fake it til you make it"? That principle applies here. Even if you do not feel like smiling, go ahead and smile. Eventually, you will realize smiling even when you have no reason to really does change one's mood and relieves stress.

2. Change Your Perspective - Bad things happen just because, but don't let this get you down. Instead of thinking bad thoughts when bad things happen, turn it into a challenge. For instance, instead of thinking, "I will have a tough time adjusting to the pay cut", think "Challenging times are ahead, but I can come up with solutions to make ends meet".

Nothing in life is ever truly bad or good. In the end, it's all up to your perspective. Try to see the glass as half full instead of half empty. This will change your response to situations immensely!

3. Surround Yourself With Happy People - Do you know that misery and depression are contagious? When you surround yourself with people who are always stressed, depressed, or unhappy, chances are that in due time, you will start thinking the way they do, too. Do not fall into this rut. Go out with people who think positively, take responsibility for their actions, and see the best in people and situations. Even if this is not the way you think yet, eventually you will start thinking that way, too!

Smiling even when you don't feel like smiling, changing your perspective so that you see the glass as half full rather than half empty, and surrounding yourself with happy people are only some of the things you can do to start thinking positively , too. Use these positive thinking tips to put more meaning in your life. Remember: you only have one life. Live it well.

by Carla Kaplan

Carla Kaplan is a

writer and researcher on positive thinking tips.