I think most everybody would agree that positive thinking is better than negative thinking. The many benefits of positive thinking are well documented, and just to name a few, they would include lower rates of depression, an increased life span, ability to cope with stress better, and an overall better psychological and physical well-being. What you may not have considered though...
Positive thinking is attractive
If you think about it, who really wants to be around people who are negative all the time. On the other hand, there is something very attractive about people who are generally optimistic about life and have a positive outlook. I think we can assume that a positive thinker is going to have a smile on their face more than a negative thinker, and we all know that there is something about a smile and a friendly face that draws us in and says “hey, I think I could hang around this person.” In fact, don’t be surprised if you gain some friends once you decide to start thinking more positively.
Positive thinking is a choice
Before any one of us takes an action, it must first start in our brain and our thought processes. This is why our thoughts are so powerful. In fact, I believe it is God’s will for us to take a timeout sometimes and consider exactly what it is that we are giving our thoughts to. The Apostle Paul tells us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2).
Generally speaking, what you spend most of your time thinking about you tend to become. Norman Vincent Peale famously stated “change your thoughts and you change your world.” Positive thinking must become a way of life, not just a one or two-day event. This will take both time and practice. You can begin by practicing positive self-talk, or finding humor in the mundane things in life, and definitely surround yourself with positive people. Yes, like anything else worthwhile it will take some real effort, especially for those of us who may have let negative thoughts become the norm in our lives. But once you decide to become more intentional with your thoughts and choose optimism over pessimism, I promise you will begin to experience the kind of life the God has planned for you.