The power of positive thinking is so overplayed, it’s enough to make even the perkiest of us roll our eyes in collective derision.

Social media has become a dumping ground for gratitude lists and positive affirmations, and the positivity can almost feel more like social posturing sometimes.

Or are we just looking for ways to self sabotage our own happiness?

Cynics, pragmatists and negative Nancies, it’s time to collectively come together, look at the science, and say, “Yeah, there might actually be something to this.”

Studies have shown that the power of positive thinking versus negativity literally impacts our ability to notice things from a golden opportunity to our keys sitting right in front of us on the kitchen counter.

Bottom line, a grumpy brain is a distracted brain and can further tick you off by making your day more difficult with impaired cognitive abilities. When you’re in a funk, you’re undermotivated, overreactionary, and way too in your own head to notice anything that could actually make your day better.

Gratitude Is Self Therapy

Psychologists have found that gratitude is literally therapeutic. People who engage in a daily gratitude practice enjoy overall better mental health, a healthier outlook, and an improved quality of life.

Arguably a better long-term solution to anger and depression than arm chair sessions, a daily gratitude practice has the power to shift your perception, make you happier with what you have, and attract more of it as a result.

The Law of Attraction: Pseudoscience or Basic Psychology?

The law of attraction is a philosophical concept that essentially says everything we have and everything that happens to us is a result of us subconsciously attracting it to ourselves. A job promotion, bronchitis, a rockin’ new set of heels — devotees to the philosophy proclaim that in some way, what we think at a subconscious level arranges our reality.

It sounds pretty woo woo, but for those in the spiritual community, the evidence of this principle is everywhere.

Looking at it from a psychological perspective though, many people have equated it with a simple, super scientific principle: when you buy a car, you see that car freaking everywhere.

In short, our thoughts can inadvertently mold our realities quite possibly because when we’re more aware of things, we tend to naturally attract them. Like looking over your shoulder and trying to walk forward, your feet are naturally inclined to follow the direction you’re looking. If you’re looking for success, you’ll find it. If you’re looking for a great reason to fail, then you’ll find that, too.

Try This

Whether you look at it as philosophy or psychology, the principle seems eerily true — people tend to attract what they focus on. So it begs the question, what if you focused on the positive in everything instead?

Use a visual cue as a reminder to keep your thoughts positive — a ring on your hand, a sculpture on your kitchen table. As you go through your day, allow yourself to experience your emotions when things don’t go the way you wanted, but then reverse the scenario: Why is it to your benefit that they didn’t?

Look for the good in EVERYTHING, from stubbing your toe to having to park six blocks away from the salon. More often than not, there is something good about what’s happening.

Remarkably, what you’ll find is that life starts going your way. As you focus on positive thinking, life starts looking a lot more positive.

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