Your entire experience and perception of the world is going to be affected by the way that you think about it. If you are constantly thinking about life as a miserable struggle, you are going to find that it starts to look that way. Life will reflect back to you the things that you are thinking about. Learning how to think positively is an essential skill for anyone to learn, but this is especially true for anyone who is trying to stay on the path to recovery from addiction.
The Positive Aspects of Positive Thinking
Why is it good to think in a positive way? Studies have shown that positive thinking can:
- lessen symptoms of depression
- boost the immune system
- reduce stress and inflammation
- help people live longer
- increase energy
- help people achieve personal goals
- improve the overall quality of life
Studies have also shown that people who think positively are more likely to stay sober and clean.
How can you increase your positive thinking?
There are many ways you can incorporate more positive thinking into your day-to-day routines. We have provided a few tips for you below:
Try using positive affirmations
Every day, we are creating affirmations whether we are conscious of it or not. So why not try creating some conscious, positive affirmations? You can repeat them to yourself in the bathroom mirror in the morning.
Keep a gratitude journal
When you are constantly looking for things you are grateful for and not taking anything for granted, you will quickly realize how truly blessed you are. Gratitude is the quickest way to living a more positive, blessed, and abundant life.
Stay in the moment
It’s impossible to stay positive when you are worried about the past or the future. You have no control over what already happened or what has yet to happen. The only thing you have control over is the present moment. That is where you will find happiness.
Expect things to go your way
Assume that things are going to work out. Don’t let yourself imagine everything going wrong. Imagine things going right! You will be amazed how quickly you will start to see that things are working out when you expect them to.