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Is your glass half-empty or half-full? Answering this age-old question about positive thinking may indicate your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and other things. It may even affect your health.

Recently I read that positive thinking starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These thoughts can be negative or positive. Some of your self-talk might come from reason. Other self-talk may come from a lack of information due to fearful ideas of what might happen.

You CAN learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. It does take time and practice – you’re creating a new habit!

Instead of “I’ve never done it before”, try “it’s an opportunity to learn something new”. Instead of “there’s no way it will work”, maybe “I can try to make it work”.

If you tend to have a negative outlook, don’t think you’re going to become positive overnight. With practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may even become less cynical about the world around you.

Start today – pay attention to that voice in your head.

Find the humor. Smiling and laughter can be a big help. When you need a shot of positive self-talk, find ways to laugh. Find funny pictures or videos online.

Surround yourself with positive people. This is a biggie. Walk away from negative conversations when at all possible. We’re all prone to absorb emotions from the people around us. This includes negative AND positive so choose positive when you can.

Positively affirm yourself. Sometimes even seeing positive words or inspiring images can be enough to change your thoughts patterns. Post reminders around where you can see them – when you see the reminder (maybe a special picture) let yourself smile!

Give yourself grace. Are you quick to voice support for someone else? How about talking to yourself that way? It’s okay to fail, to have a bad day, to make a bad choice. Being human DOES NOT equal being a failure. Let self-grace be your mantra!

Author: Toni Limbers

I am the Professional & Staff Development Manager for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC and director of music for Christ Episcopal Church. The content of this blog is mine and mine alone and is not intended to reflect on my employers' opinions or directives in any way. In real life I am a wife, mother and a MiMi.

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