There’s a power and magic to whatever you’re thinking. Positive thinking plants the seed for positive life experiences, just like negative thinking sets the stage for negative experiences. These uplifting mantras will help you think positive and keep an optimistic attitude through the happy times and the hard times.
“Positive thinking isn’t about expecting the best to happen every time, but accepting that whatever happens is the best for this moment.” – Unknown
A mantra is a word or phrase that’s used as an object of concentration and a way to invite mindfulness and peace into your daily life. Mantras are often used as a focal point in a meditation, but can just as well be used in everyday life.
When we’re not having the happiest of moments, repeating positive mantras can remind us that life is good and we are okay. These words can transform the situation at hand and become the catalyst for positive thinking on a regular basis.
How to use your mantra:
- As a checkpoint throughout the day, especially when you feel off-center. This practice only takes a minute. Inhale and think your mantra, then exhale and imagine the meaning of the mantra coming to life around you. Breathe that in while repeating the mantra again. Do this a few times.
- During meditation. Notice when your mind wanders, allow the thoughts to come and go, and return to repeating your mantra silently. It gives your mind something to focus on.
- As a journaling prompt. Start with the words and just keep writing without much second thought. This helps unfold the layers of what you’re feeling and experiencing.
Here are some powerful mantras to live by and soak into your soul. Repeat these kind and positive messages to yourself as often as needed to invite more happiness and calm into the moment.
6 Mantras to Trigger Positive Thinking
“This thought is a choice.”
For when it feels like the world is controlling you, you have no say in your experiences, or you’re drowning in negativity.
Whatever you’re thinking right now is your choice. It’s easy to let our experiences dictate how we feel, but the fact is that we’re constantly choosing how we experience life. Our thoughts are our responsibility, and it’s only when we accept that responsibility that we can change how we’re experiencing life.
You attract what you put out. If we want to feel an abundant return of good energy, we must get into the space, and the willingness, to give good energy first. Give happiness away and it is yours to keep. Think positive thoughts and you will see more to be positive about.
This thought is a choice. Once you come to a calm point where you can recognize this fact—without judging yourself for choosing the negative thought—you can choose again.
“Happiness is here.”
For when you feel like happiness is out of reach, tied to a big goal in the distant future, or dependent upon anyone or anything outside of yourself.
Most people falsely believe that happiness is given on condition, but until you accept life unconditionally you won’t be accepting happiness into your life. Good times and bad times aside, happiness is here right now. In fact, it’s never been anywhere else but here.
“Happiness, not in another place, but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” Walt Whitman’s words ring true no matter where you are, who you are, or what you’re experiencing.
Whatever feeling washes over you, let it happen. Surrender to your sadness or anger or whatever negative emotion is trying to come to the surface, just know you don’t need to wallow there forever. It doesn’t define you, but it will guide you.
“Learn by doing.”
For times when perfectionism, fear of failure, doubt, or regret are threatening your peace.
This mantra helps form the habit of countering perfectionism by taking action with faith in yourself and the outcome.
When we take the power away from the word, “failure,” it just becomes a word open to interpretation. Trying, and sometimes failing, is the fastest way to learn. We don’t learn by wondering what would have happened; we learn by making something happen.
Let’s try something different. Let’s think of our life experiences as experiments, stripped of any notion of “win” or “loss.” When you try an experiment, any outcome is considered a success. There’s no criticism with an experiment because you don’t need a victory; you just need an answer.
Mistakes are chances to learn something. Learning comes from doing, and though we may not understand the good in every situation, we can remind ourselves that it’s there and that it’s working out for our highest good and growth.
“This too shall pass.”
For when you feel bruised, battered, heartbroken, lost, or stuck, or emotions are running high.
This is a powerful mantra because it takes the permanence out of what’s happening. Everything changes, and whatever you’re experiencing in this moment will not last forever. Forms are temporary. No negative emotion or situation is permanent, and this realization creates space to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
What is not manifested will eventually return to the un-manifested state from which it came.
Life is a journey, and not all of it is pleasant. If we’re willing to find love and hope in any given moment, however, we can make this a meaningful ride with an underlying theme of happiness.
Every disappointment is a sign that something better is waiting for you. Be patient, accept what you cannot change, and trust in the process.
“There’s enough for everyone.”
For when you feel greed, envy, jealousy, or fear of loss creeping into your system.
This mantra encourages you to move into a place of abundance rather than scarcity. We all have gifts to share and stories to tell, and there’s room for all of them. There is enough of everything—enough money, enough time, enough love, enough praise, enough happiness, enough sadness, enough of everything that we need.
The universe is not shrinking, and it’s our task to align our expansion in love with the expansion of the universe.
For when you feel mentally, emotionally, and physically exhausted.
Keep it simple. When you feel tired and stressed, boil it down to what really matters. Know what your big rocks are (the hugely important things and people in your life) and stop prioritizing the small things. In other words, don’t sweat the small stuff.
This mantra is a positive reminder that it’s okay and healthy to slow down and just breathe. Focus on one thing at a time and infuse each moment with your attention, presence, and gratitude.
This mantra is also a reminder to be easy on yourself. Trust your inner wisdom to guide you to where you need to be, but keep the process of getting there simple. Don’t over-analyze everything. Keep it easy. Take it easy. Be easy.
Breathe in this mantra, and invite rest, peace, and love.
- Are there any mantras that you live your life by, or practice regularly?
- How do you stay optimistic during tough times?
- How has positive thinking made all the difference in your experience?
Please your thoughts, favorite mantras for positive thinking, helpful insights you’ve gained, and any inspiring stories of a shift with me in the comments.
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One small positive thought can change your whole day, and your entire life.