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Think Good Thoughts

Posted Dec 09 2011 7:30am

Only recently have I really recognised the power of thoughts - and although they are not something we have full control of they are something we can definitely guide and point in the right direction. Whether or not you are a believer in the law of attraction it seems common sense to me that we learn to control our thoughts.

When you are in a good state of mind the world becomes a lighter place – problems don’t seem so bad and we put things into perspective. This is normally when we think good thoughts. On the opposite end of the spectrum we can have our thoughts drag us into some pretty dark places – all it takes are a few things to go badly in a short space of time and our thoughts can slowly become more and more negative leading to a downward spiral.

So what can we do to make our thoughts point in the right direction? firstly do not try to force your bad thoughts away – accept them as they are and know that they will pass like any other thoughts.

Make Lists of Positive Things – It can sometimes be as simple as taking out a pen and paper and writing down a list of positive things in your life now. It could be good things in your work life, love life or pretty much anything that is going well now. Things may be hard but if you dig deep enough there are always good things to look for.

Count Your Blessings – Ever heard the term ‘Luxury Problems’ well these are the types of problems that most of us experience and let get us down. Look at the things in life you are good and that you can count as blessings – the bigger things, not the small stuff going on now. Check out this Twitter – for a humorous look at our problems.

Look at How Far You Have Come – Sometimes it is worth looking back at your life one, two or five years ago and see how far you have come. How much you have developed as a person, all the things you have achieved in life that you would not have dreamed of a few years ago. We all grow and learn throughout life.

Listen to Feel Good Music – Music is hugely important to our minds and feeling good. Just as scary or sad music can set the scene in a film feel good music can pull your thoughts into the right place. Listen to what makes you feel good and watch your thoughts slowly shift into the right place. And there is the other side – avoid listening to music which reminds you of bad times or makes you sad. Music is hugely influential to our minds!

Go For a Walk – Get in touch with nature. Many of us are so out of touch with our surroundings that it is no wonder our thoughts tend to get drawn in the wrong direction. Ultimately it comes down to doing what makes you feel good and for most of us walking, especially walking in nature makes us feel good. It helps calm the mind and put things into perspective.

The list could go on and on – I haven’t included things like keeping active, having a strong social circle, finding purpose and job you enjoy! Basically comes down to doing whatever you need to do in life to make your thoughts shift in the right direction. Only then will life start to flow and make sense.

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