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Successful Living Today By Using Positive Thinking

The power of remaining positive, whatever the situation, can never be underestimated. We are all here for a limited period of time, is it worth it to spend any of that time in a dismal mood? Being negative?

The true test of an individual to remain positive is when challenges become difficult. Remaining positive keeps one’s mind in the right state of balance and often opens resolutions to the problems at hand. Negativity is contagious; not only does it affect the individual, but it spreads to anyone they interact with. When only the negative perspective is in focus, the resolution process is impeded.

In recent years, experts have started looking at our happiness and positive thinking in a different way. After the Second World War, the emphasis on mental health was mostly about curing mental illnesses once they had started. As Professor Martin Seligman, founder of the Positive Psychology movement, says: "Psychology has badly neglected the positive side of life."

Nowadays, there's much more emphasis on prevention, about developing a positive attitude, and taking charge of your own ability to be happy. When we do that, we will generally have a much healthier state of mind.

Can negative people become more positive?

Yes, they can. Of course, some individuals do genuinely seem to have been born as sunny-natured, optimistic people, but all of us can re-think our approach to life and become more positive. It's just a question of getting our heads round it.

Hints and tips on becoming more positive

1. Train yourself to notice when you are happy and try to collect five happy moments every single day.

2. Get active - physical activity releases happy chemicals in our brains.

3. Sign up as a volunteer research shows that helping others gives us a sense of wellbeing. 

4. Keep in contact with your mates - scientists report that individuals with a good social network are more likely to be positive people.

5. Write a letter of thanks to someone who has helped you or had a great influence on you. This will increase your positive and contented feelings.  

6. Eat healthily, drink plenty of water and get sufficient sleep. It's hard to feel positive if you aren't treating your body with care and respect.