Stay Positive

Change Your Thinking for a Better You!

How you think, your choice of focusing on the positive or the negative, actually affects the way your body and your brain works. The more you focus on positive things, the more likely you are to enjoy a sense of well-being, and positive thinking brings positive responses in your body that boost your mood and diminish stress.

According to recent studies on its effect on our bodies, positive thinking boosts immunity, improves heart health, fights stress, increases resilience, helps us tolerate pain, prevents hypertension, and even extends lifespan.

One well-know study, The Nun Study, looked at the impact of positive emotions and attitude on longevity and well-being and showed that there is a direct relationship between being positive and longevity. Another study focused on  individuals who have lived to 100 years-of-age or more, looking for reasons they enjoy such a long lifespan. Lynn Peters-Adler, a contributor to Forbes writes: “Almost all of the centenarians we spoke to believe a positive yet realistic attitude is critical throughout one’s life and described themselves as optimistic people.”

Even more exciting, scientists have shown that positive thinking actually protects us! Alex Dranovsky and E. David Leonardo neuroscientists who are studying how positivity impacts the brain, state, “Stimulating neurons in the brain’s hippocampus that are normally activated by pleasurable experiences protects us from the depressive consequences of stress.”

So how do we counteract negative thinking and become more positive? What science is proving is true, God has always known, and He has provided us with the tools we need to stay positive in His Word. Positive thinking isn’t the same as trying to gloss over the negative, nor should you ignore your problems. Positive thinking is instead a way of approaching the challenges life throws at you with a positive attitude and the knowledge that God is on your side.“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)

Choose to focus on the right things. Philippians 4:8 tells us, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Feeling anxious? Stop and pray. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Phil. 4:6)

Know that God intends good things for your life. “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (Jer. 29:11)

Choose to get rid of the negatives. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Be conscious of your words. “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Matt. 15:11)

Don’t respond with anger. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Prov. 15:1).

Be confident. “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?’” (Heb. 13:16)

Acknowledge your gratitude. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col. 3:17)

Remember that Jesus brings us Peace! “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

Start EVERY day in God’s Word! “The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad.” Psalm 118:24

Martha Washington, the first First Lady of the United States said, “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” I challenge you today to remember that your circumstances do not control you, your attitude and your thoughts do. So stay positive!