The benefits of positive thinking
October 12, 2020
by Joshua Cook

The benefits of positive thinking

Do you consider your glass to be half-empty or half-full? Many have heard this question either at school, home or work and likely view it as cliché. However, your answer can signal your tendency to use positive thinking in your daily life.

What is positive thinking? The concept is straightforward: if you think positive thoughts you can improve your life! Though initially sounding absurd, research indicates that positive thinking has proven psychological benefits when performed correctly.

The importance of positive thinking has undoubtedly increased during COVID-19. This is because the pandemic has highlighted the difficulties of our busy lifestyles and created new and frightening challenges. Many people are now experiencing higher levels of anxiety, depression, or other mental distresses. However, despite these challenges, positive thinking can assist us in becoming happier and more contented. This is because this mentality aids us to see new opportunities in both our personal and professional lives.

How positive thinking builds your future

A positive mentality can help you to realise the possibilities within your life. Emotions, such as joy and love, grow your confidence and assist you to take advantage of new opportunities and try new activities. This aids you to develop new skills and make better use of resources. Having a positive mindset helps you to learn from previous experiences – both positive and negative – to build your future.

For example, consider an experience when you encountered rejection. This may have been an unsuccessful interview for a position you wanted. Understandably, you can feel unhappy about the outcome; however, how do you use this experience to build your future? The answer is with positive thinking! By thinking positively you can ask yourself, or the person who interviewed you, ‘what did I do well?’, ‘what could I have done better?’ and ‘what should I do next time?’ Reflecting on your past experiences with a positive mindset will unlock more possibilities and create a brighter future.

How to increase positive thinking in your life

Establishing a positive mindset can sometimes feel difficult; however, can be nurtured by completing activities that inspire positive feelings. You probably know what makes you feel confident and at-ease. Here though are three ideas to help you:

  • Meditate. Recent research has revealed that people who meditate daily display more positive emotions and build valuable long-term skills.
  • Write. A study highlighted that writing about positive experiences everyday improves mood, reduces doctor visits and minimises illnesses.
  • Play. Schedule time to play, explore and experiment. Give yourself permission to smile and enjoy the benefits of positive emotion.

How Breakthru can help

Breakthru understands that life can feel difficult and overwhelming. We incorporate positive thinking exercises into our counselling and psychology supports to help you feel happier and more confident. These supports include:

  • One-on-one or group counselling sessions to assist in managing stress, anxiety, anger and depression.
  • Additional support by working in partnership with carers, families and other health professionals to develop and implement tailored recovery plans.
  • Behavioural and vocational supports to help build capacity for independence and transition into a new educational or professional environment.

Breakthru can now offer most of these services online; however, we also offer face-to-face Psychology and Counselling services in the following locations:

  • Tuggerah (Central Coast, New South Wales).
  • Western Sydney and surrounds (New South Wales).
  • Western Melbourne and surrounds (Victoria).

Many of Breakthru’s customers receive funding from the Australian and State governments for these supports. However, we also offer fee-for-service options. These fees are highly competitive and low compared to other service providers.

We also work with other community organisations, like headspace, to ensure you receive all your needed supports.

Breakthru’s services will aid you to achieve your goals and lead your best life. To learn more about positive thinking, or to receive assistance improving your mental health, contact our friendly staff today.

About the author

Joshua Cook

Holding dual degrees in Business Marketing and Commerce Accounting, Josh brings more than half a decade of experience to his role as National Marketing Manager at Breakthru, based in Brisbane, Queensland. His life's journey has uniquely equipped him to serve in this vital position. Raised alongside his younger sister Katey, who has Down Syndrome, Josh has gained an intimate understanding of the challenges and societal stigmas associated with disabilities. This personal connection fuels his commitment to the mission of Breakthru - to empower individuals like Katey to access the resources and support they require to live fulfilling lives. Through his role at Breakthru, Josh aims to break down the barriers and dismantle the misconceptions that often surround people with disabilities.

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