Practicing positive thinking allows you to focus on your strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. That allows you to make more progress in your life, feeling down far less.

These five tips provide practical suggestions for shifting your mindset into a more positive one, therefore taking control of your life.

1 – Take good care of yourself

This one makes sense, right? It’s much easier to have a positive outlook if you take good care of yourself. That includes eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

2 – Remind yourself of the things you’re grateful for

Challenges don’t seem quite as bad if you’re constantly reminding yourself of all the things going well in your life. Taking even just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things can make a huge difference.

3 – Stop making assumptions

Fear of not being liked or accepted can lead to us making assumptions about what others are thinking. But that’s usually not reality! Don’t waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have actual proof that you did.

4 – Refrain from using absolutes

Have you ever told someone “You’re ALWAYS late!” or complained to a friend ”You NEVER call me!”? Or maybe said, “I could NEVER do that!”? That’s very unlikely to actually be true. Using absolutes programs your brain into thinking that things can’t change, when they really can.

5 – Detach from negative thoughts

Your negative thoughts can’t hold any power over you if you aren’t having them! If you notice yourself having a negative thought, start thinking about or doing something positive instead of following that train of thought.

If you’ll start practicing some of these suggestions, you’ll shift your outlook to a positive one in no time!

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