Ruminating on negative thoughts, memories, and troubles will hold you back from living a happy life. Indeed, you cannot live a positive life with a negative mind. Use this affirmation as a tool to move through any negativity in a healthy and productive way.
“Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.” – Gandhi
Acknowledge Your Negative Thoughts
I am mindful of my negative thoughts.
Some say to not look at your negative thoughts or pay them any attention. I believe we must pay attention to our internal state of being, regardless of what we end up finding. Self-awareness is the first step to letting negativity go, to rising above it, and to converting that negative energy into something positive.
Don’t consciously feed your mind with negative thoughts (for you will eventually come to believe them), but don’t judge yourself when you realize you’ve been thinking negative thoughts. You’re more than any small thoughts of doubt, fear, worry, or anger. You are only limited by the thoughts you think, but these thoughts are not representative of your whole, true, highest self.
Acknowledge what’s going on inside your head, and, if need be, forgive yourself for what you find. Give yourself a break. After all, if you’re willing to genuinely show up for yourself in the first place, you’re already on the path to finding peace of mind.
Don’t Dwell in Negativity
I don’t avoid my negative thoughts, and I don’t dwell in them, either.
You can’t have a mind full of negative thoughts and expect to experience a positive outcome. Pay attention to your thoughts first–positive and negative–and then from this place of honesty and truth, devote your attention and energy to what’s good in your life.
We don’t often choose to think negative thoughts, but when we’re aware of what’s happening, we have a choice to make: stay in that negative state, or purposefully step into a happier frame of mind.
As long as your thoughts are budding in your brain, and as long as you’re watering them, you’re going to live with them. Your thoughts are powerful, but you’re even more powerful because you are the thinker–you direct your thoughts and you steer your life.
From a state of awareness and compassion, you are responsible and capable of replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
Discover the Source
I’m paying attention to my internal state.
When it comes to negative thinking, scratching at the surface level is a good way to guarantee that the negativity keeps showing up in our lives, in one form or another. Dig a little bit deeper in an effort to identify the cause of your less-than-pleasant thoughts.
What beliefs are you holding on to, that maybe aren’t serving your happiness? “Negative thoughts stick around because we believe them,” says Andrew Bernstein, “not because we want them or choose them.” Forget about judging yourself for the recurring negative patterns, and instead ask yourself what they’re trying to tell you.
Are you spending most of your time with pessimistic people? Negative energy, like positive energy, is contagious. Are you letting your past mistakes, experiences, or hurts disrupt your present happiness? Are you allowing your worries about the future to dictate how you’re living right now? Ask yourself–honestly, patiently, and without conviction–why you’re experiencing these thoughts.
As Eckhart Tolle said, “The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
How do you handle negative thoughts? Are you willing to see them, hear them, thank them, and transform them into something positive? Are you willing to meet them with grace and gratitude? Share your own encouraging thoughts or experiences in the comments.
Share this affirmation with someone who could use a happy reminder today.
You have the power to transform anything negative into something positive .
Free watercolor pattern by Angie Makes; lettering by Aim Happy.