3 simple tips on how to think positive—and pass it on

To understand the different factors and lifestyles that cultivate an optimistic outlook, Life is Good conducted a national optimism survey, just in time for Positive Thinking Day. With the results in mind, we asked fitness and wellness Instagrammer Tigisti Weldeab of Bella Diva Lifestyle to share her perspective on the power of optimism and our #OnePositiveThought campaign.

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow”

Did you know that starting off your day with just one positive thought can set off a chain of positive experiences throughout the rest of the day? Turns out, positive thinking is more than just being happy or acting upbeat; it’s been shown to increase energy, productivity, and optimism.

Since what happens in the brain influences what happens in the body, actively cultivating positive emotions has also been shown to boost the immune system and improve our health. And that’s not all. In a world overflowing with fear, positive thoughts also have the power to ground us and shift our scarcity mindset into one that recognizes abundance and generosity.

Holding Sunflower

But I know that maintaining a positive outlook is often easier said than done. Especially when it seems like there’s so much negativity all around us. Still, heartwarming stories of courage, kindness, and love is everywhere—and I challenge you to seek them out.

Positive Thinking Day is on Sept. 13, and for the days leading up to it, I’m teaming up with Life is Good to challenge you to actively think of one positive thought. If you want to take it one step further, we encourage you to post your positive thought on social media with the hashtag #OnePositiveThought and tag others to do the same.

To explore all the positive thoughts shared by the Life is Good community, be sure to visit the #OnePositiveThought website and photo gallery. I promise you’ll find lots of inspiring stories there.

Tigisti and Family on Stairs

Here are my tips for thinking positive during the challenge:

  1. Get into the habit of looking for little things to be grateful for every day. You’ll notice that the more you express gratitude, the more you attract things to be thankful for. Some days it may feel like you can’t think of anything you’re grateful for, but listing even the tiniest of blessings can make for a huge mindset shift. Today was a rough day, but I still managed to find something to appreciate: I’m grateful that I was able to cook and feed my family a healthy meal, and that I have a dear friend to vent to.
  2. Think of the last time something wonderful happened to you and soak in that feeling for a few minutes. I’m thinking of when we celebrated my son’s first birthday last weekend. We threw a big party, all our friends and family came, and we had a wonderful time together eating and dancing the afternoon away.
  3. Perform random acts of kindness without expecting anything in return. The warm feelings you’ll get is its own reward. You could write a heartfelt thank you note, or pay for the person behind you in line for coffee.

I hope you’re up for the challenge, and can’t wait to read your positive thoughts.

Xo,

Tigisti

Feelin’ those good vibes? Let’s share the positivity around the world. Now through Sept. 13, Life is Good challenges you to post your #OnePositiveThought. Visit our website for more information or simply post your picture on Instagram using the hashtag above.