Positive Thinking: Why Is It So Hard to Attain?

When it comes to our default mindset, it can be hard to remain positive every single day, amid the comments, judgments, hardships, and failures. From sly comments on social media posts, to unfair accusations by those closest to you, positive thinking is not the easiest mindset to attain on a daily basis.

What is Positive Thinking?

According to VeryWell Mind, positive thinking actually means approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook; it doesn’t necessary mean you have to be positive every single second. Positive thinking means making the most of potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light. Positive thinking is seeing the glass as half full, no matter how empty it wants to be.

So why do we all tend to drift towards the negative, no matter how hard we try?

One article in Psychology Today claimed it’s due to the brain’s sensitivity bias. Technically, your brain is more sensitive to negative news, causing it to work harder and process more information than if you hear about something happy. The brain reacts more strongly to stimuli it deems negative, as there is a greater surge in electrical activity.

Aside from the biological characteristic of negativity, anyone reading this knows it’s simply easier to be negative. The common saying “misery loves company” didn’t appear for nothing. It’s hard to hear something negative and try to find the positive light, no matter what. It requires more energy and perseverance.

But, we don’t have to accept that reality! Here are a few ways we can shift our way of thinking towards the positive:

  1. Make the Effort: As we just mentioned, it takes work to be positive. Get more sleep, eat food with more vitamins and minerals, and make the effort to positive. After awhile, it becomes habitual.
  2. Be Grateful: Really think about this one. When was the last time you sat back and felt gratefulness? Are you grateful for this computer you are using? Your smartphone? Having both feet and legs? A job? Take some time every day to be truly grateful.
  3. Talk About Good Things: The next time you are tempted to gossip or complain, think about something good that happened to you that day. Lead with that kind of conversation starter.
  4. Retrain Our Minds: Our bodies are highly susceptible to routine, which is why you can absolutely retrain your brain to think more about the positive over the negative. It all starts today!

Essence of OM

No, it’s not going to be easy; but it’s going to be worth it. All it takes is a little effort, and a community that will support you. Here are Essence of Om, we want to be that positive thinking community.  Need a little boost? The Positive Om shirt was created bring more positivity to your day, week, and weekend. 


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