On day 144 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored thinking positively as a way to support the cognitive dimension of my health.
Maintaining a spirit of positivity is sort of like turning lemons into lemonade. You can’t prevent all of life’s sour challenges, but you can make them sweeter.
Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive Thinking (Amazon Associate Link), is a classic. His emphasis on the importance of positive thoughts was novel in the 50’s, and although he’s been criticized for his tendency to tell stories rather than basing his ideas on scientific facts, his work is still highly regarded today.
Positive thinking–sometimes referred to as optimism – is a mindset. It involves having a positive outlook on the future despite life’s interesting twists and turns. And it’s how we think about those twists and turns that has an impact on our overall level of happiness and quality of life.
My self-care activity for the day was to think positively about the week ahead, envisioning myself completing the high-priority tasks I’ve outlined, and leaning into best possible scenarios.
I’m fully aware that not everything will go according to my plans. (It rarely does.) But that’s what makes life interesting, don’t you think?
It’s a whole lot easier to move forward and see what happens without the weight of pessimism on our shoulders.