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Positive thinking. Positive results
When you are nearing an exam or a competition that is important yet stressful, always think positive! Research has shown that negative visual images held in the mind greatly decrease performance. Getting stressed out about something isn’t going to make the situation any better; it can only make it worse. Hence, faced with competition of any kind or even when things are going downhill, try to think positively and things may just turn for the better.
Another advantage of thinking positive would be that you tend to live longer and retain youthfulness, both physically and mentally. Stress lines are so named for a reason! Research has shown that people who think positively actually live about 19% longer than those who are pessimistic about life. This would be probably due to the fact that they were more likely to look after themselves and not have a fatalistic attitude about their health as they grow older.
Even though a positive outlook towards life would be the best, we are after all human and would definitely have times in our lives where everything just tends to go downhill. It’s alright to feel depressed, everyone does sometimes, but don’t let it affect you too much. Just remember there is always light at the end of a dark tunnel. Instead, ponder on the things that you feel that you should be grateful for - for example a healthy body, good food, shelter and clothes on your backs. Look into the little blessings that go unnoticed, and focus on them. Always know that there are others that are suffering to. Also remember that, no matter which situations you are in, whether it is good or bad, happy or sad, all of those experiences are giving us precious lessons on life.
"No matter what happened to you yesterday, your attitude is your choice today."
Some Activities to Stir Up Your Positivity & Alleviate Stress
- Live life as it comes, enjoy it to the fullest.
- Write positive notes to yourself and put them around places that you frequent at home.
- Set daily goals for yourself and when you achieve them, you will feel more accomplished, and thus your level of positivism will increase.