By Amanda Bentley
Amanda Bentley has 5 years’ experience in the food and beverage industry and currently works as a Content writer at Qavashop (www.qavashop.com). Qavashop.com is an online store for all the “coffee aficionados” located in the GCC. Apart from providing its customers with quality coffee machines and consumables, it also provides them with skilled, knowledgeable advice on how to make their own restaurant quality espresso at home.
Is it possible to convert negative thoughts into positive ones?
The answer is yes. You have the power to make changes in your life and that includes the kinds of thoughts that you will have. The power to change your reality is in you.
Why is it so important to have positive thoughts? Mainly because positive thoughts create positive situations just as negative thoughts create dissatisfaction, disappointment, and sadness. So, which would you choose?
Here are some of things that you can do to replace your negative thoughts with positive ones:
1. Monitor Your Language Positive Vocabulary
Have you noticed how your words are affected by your thoughts? When you are upset, you tend to use negative language. It would be easy to conclude that negative language can also produce negative thoughts and that the opposite can also be true. Positive language can also lead to positive thoughts. When you stick to positive language, you can promote positive thoughts. But don’t try to avoid negative words or thoughts because that can become a form of denial. Just monitor your language and be aware all the time.
2. Keep a Journal and Use Positive Language
Keep a journal where you can write daily about anything. Don’t worry about not having anything interesting to write about. Just write about anything that happened to you. Spend a few minutes each day writing in your journal and then go through what you have written. Look for signs of negative language and be conscious about your use of those words.You can then use this practice with all of your written communications. As you use more positive language in your writings, your thoughts will also become more positive.
3. Use Positive Body Language
Body language is the process of communicating with your body movement. This is generally done in an unconscious manner, which means it is a direct reflection of the contents of your thoughts. Start practicing positive body language that will result in positive thoughts.
What are examples of positive body language? For example, crossing of arms is a sign that you disapprove of something, so avoid that. Give a firm handshake which will show that you are credible and strong. When you are talking with someone, make sure that you maintain eye contact.
4. List Your Negative Emotions
Sometimes, you will not be aware that you are having negative emotions. You may not become aware that you are upset. This is why it is crucial that you should be aware and conscious at all times. Try to list down all of your negative emotions during a certain period. Once you have listed all your negative emotions, you can trace where they came from.
5. Avoid Taking Things Personally
Personal slights and insults are common sources of negative thoughts. Most of the time, there are no actual insults and so you are being upset out of nothing. What you can do is to avoid taking things personally. That way, you would not become upset with little things. The power to change your thoughts is in your hands. You can use your control your emotions, body language, and spoken language to influence the thoughts that you will be having.