A positive mindset is an attitude of focusing on the bright side of life. It helps us keep ourselves resourceful, constructive, and optimistic. A positive mindset is infused with positive projections and happy hopes for a future, especially during times of difficulty.
How do you stay happy and positive when you don’t have access to any of the means to carry out positive mindset exercises? Well, you quickly pick up a positive quote and recite it as a positive affirmation mantra.
To help you, here are the most powerful positive mindset quotes:
Convince yourself every day that you are worthy of a good life. Let go of stress, breathe. Stay positive; all is well. ― Germany Kent
In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision. – Dalai Lama
Keep my word positive. Words become my behaviors. Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits. Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values. Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi
A positive mindset can build a positive physical and mental structure for an amazing life. ― Hormuzd Dossabhoy
Handling Rejections: Rejections are unmistakable cracks in your perfect image of an imperfect world.
- No one gets through life without being rejected at something, often many things. Learning to handle rejections is a necessary skill for living positively. One effective way is to interpret your endeavors as practice sessions in a game called life. The more you fail during practice, the more you learn how to win the match and the game.
- Also, do not expect worse things to happen further when faced with one rejection. Waiting for bad things to happen narrows down your mindset towards negativity.
There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. — Leonard Cohen
A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart. ― Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. ― John Wooden
We always have some goals, whether they are clear or ambiguous in our minds. Now, most of our ambiguous goals, and a few of the clear ones, stay stubbornly outside our control. These undefined and uncontrolled goals are the ones we are more likely to fail at.
And the failed goals leave us frustrated and demoralized.
However, if we have a positive mindset, we do not brand our failures as points of loss or frustration. Instead, we see them as windows of learning that open us up for future wins.
Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive. – Matt Cameron
As the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson sang, “If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change.” To make that change, we need to start building a positive mindset.
A positive mindset is a mental and emotional outlook that aims for a good future on the other side of a tough present.
You only have one life, or as they say, YOLO! (You Only Live Once!), so aim to live the best and happiest version of it. If you see your future self as the best version of yourself, you can begin your journey to a brand-new self right away.
Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success. – Joyce Brothers
Sometimes, what makes you act negatively is a memory of a bad day, a negative situation, a cynical person, or a guilt-ridden mistake from your past. These force you into having negative feelings.
Soon enough, that one act traps you into a toxic loop of overthinking.
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. ― Winston Churchill
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ― Oprah Winfrey
We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ― Swami Vivekananda
One small positive thought can change your whole day. – Zig Ziglar
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. ― Albert Einstein
If you are in the habit of describing your workday as busy, chaotic, rough, then you should be ready to feel their effects in other areas of your life. When you continually describe your leisure experiences as tiring, colorless, and soul-sapping, your brain settles into an overall negative pattern.
Soon you find your other life experiences have become insipid, chaotic, and bad.
But if you check yourself to recount the parts of your experience that were genuinely fun and relaxing, your brain wires up for a new pattern of positive thinking. Using positive phrases to describe your life while trying to see the good in most situations can help you reinforce your positive thinking mindset — science says so.
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. ― Willie Nelson
It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive. ― Ellen DeGeneres
The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination. ― Carl Rogers
You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ― A.A. Milne
Positive thinking can be contagious. Being surrounded by winners helps you develop into a winner. ― Arnold Schwarzenegger
Life is full of responsibilities, big and small. Each day you have to hurtle from one crisis to another.
You have to wake up, have to eat breakfast, and go out for work. You have to go shopping to buy clothes. And you have to pay for the insurance for your car and house.
Your life is full of these things that you have to do. But what if you change your viewpoint? What if you see these burdens of daily life as things life has blessed you with?
- You felt blessed to wake up today, so you savored this morning in its simple glory.
- You felt blessed to have your breakfast and go to work, so you packed some food for a homeless person.
- You feel blessed to go shopping for clothes and pay for your insurance, why not feel generous enough to donate some to a charitable cause?
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results. – Wade Boggs
It always seems impossible until it’s done. – Nelson Mandela
You always pass failure on the way to success. ― Mickey Rooney
Choose the positive. You have a choice. You are the master of your attitude. Choose the positive, the constructive. ― Bruce Lee
Society today actively promotes egoism and egocentricity, with social media bombarding you from all sides to get on that “me-first” bandwagon. It’s almost a trend to obsess about how one could make their own lives better, always and first.
But if people choose to go easy on that, they could spare a thought about others who are not as blessed or privileged as them — and do a bit for them. You can do that, right?
You do not need to buckle under that toxic social pressure. You do not need to forget you always had the power to look up from your smartphone to do things that put smiles on people’s faces.
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one. ― Hans Selye, Father of Stress
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. – Marcus Aurelius, the philosopher-king
You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. ― Joyce Meyer
Like the rest of us, your inner voice is quick to remind you of all the wrong things you have done till that day. It criticizes all of your flawed actions and minor mistakes. It points out you could have done better and even says you are not good enough.
But if you constantly stay tuned to that negative self-talk playing in your head, you gradually change into a person with a deeply negative mindset about yourself.
Over time, these add up into a pile of lame reasons as to why you are not a good fit for anything. You gradually notice more and more of your mistakes and even come to think you are no good at all. In time, it becomes a cycle of self-fulfilling prophecy and you slip up more.
Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will. ― Zig Ziglar
If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. ― Vincent Van Gogh
Positive thinking is a valuable tool that can help you overcome obstacles, deal with pain, and reach new goals. – Amy Morin
If you have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give your best effort, eventually you will overcome your immediate problems and find you are ready for greater challenges. – Pat Riley
I really believe in the power of positive thinking and the collective power of people’s thoughts spawning something into becoming reality. – Finn Balor
An unpleasant exchange can eclipse our entire day. A coarse interaction at home, work, or commute can demoralize us for the rest of our day.
Our minds tend to cling to the negatives. So, a single event can fill our day with fury, stress, regret, and other negative emotions. To offset this, we could focus on the good parts of our day and record them in a journal.
What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity. ― J. Sidlow Baxter
If things aren’t going so well, I try to stay positive and not give in to negative thoughts. – Rosanna Arquette
Change your thoughts and you change your world. – Norman Vincent Peale
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people t make it worth the effort. – Herm Albright
If you regularly use a slew of negative words to describe your life, you probably spend a good part of your days in a climate of negativity.
So, add more positive words to your mental vocabulary. Give it an extra push to describe the joyful parts of your day. In time, your mind and your life will fill up with practical positivity.
When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It’s very simple. ― Paulo Coelho
Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera
I shall stay calm in moments of stress and anxiety, so as to allow positive thoughts and actions to manifest from me. – Leon Brown
When you see your daily chores as burdens, they sound imperative and carry a negative undercurrent. But when you see them as blessings, they feel permissive and bring a sense of gratitude and joy.
Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better. – Harvey Mackay
If you are living with an overly negative person by compulsion, you might try Guided Therapeutic Imagery. Research shows it can decrease depression, fatigue, and total mood disturbance. It can also affect mood positively and reduce cortisol levels. Guided imagery scripts are available online, and you might practice the technique by yourself.
Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude. ― Lou Holtz
Every day may not be good… but there’s something good in every day. ― Alice Morse Earle
It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts. – Robert H. Schuller
When the negative thoughts come – and they will; they come to all of us – it’s not enough to just not dwell on it… You’ve got to replace it with a positive thought. – Joel Osteen
Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results. – Willie Nelson
It is easy to fall into the trap of focusing only on the problem because it might derail your train to your goals. But by focusing again on the process itself and changing tracks to find novel solutions, you help yourself get into a higher state of positivity.
You can’t control the world, but when you control your thoughts, you bring order. – Bernie Siegel
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford
Sometimes, the people around you are each a little swamp of negativity. They say and see things from a pessimistic point of view. They maintain a steady focus on the negative aspects of life. These are the perennial complainers.
For example, it is common to hear some of our friends whining about the weather. People like them feel good only when they have aired their many complaints. Even if it were within their power to change things they grumble about (not the weather, obviously), they would not want to change any of it.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. – Buddha
When I got fired from my first sales job, it seemed like I had fallen at the first hurdle. As it turned out, it was the best thing that could have happened. It lead me into a job where I really learned the ropes and showed me that even disasters have positive sides. – Tony Clark, Iron-Man
Success is falling nine times and getting up ten. – Jon Bon Jovi
When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything. ― Todd Kashdan
A positive attitude is a critical ingredient for our mental health. Studies have found those who are more positive have much better psychological well-being. A positive mindset can protect us from having heart attacks and going into depression. Optimism, one of the six qualities of a positive mindset person, lowers the risk of dying from several diseases.
A positive-mindset person has the following six key traits:
- Mindfulness — staying aware and mindful at the moment.
- Optimism — keeping the hopes up about good outcomes.
- Gratitude — appreciating life’s goodies, and being thankful.
- Resilience — bouncing back strongly after falling down.
- Acceptance — accepting that it is only human to fail.
- Honesty — remaining upright at all times, in public and alone.
There’s a cool mnemonic to remember those six qualities: MOGRAH, from the first letters.
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Author Bio: Written and reviewed by Sandip Roy—a medical doctor, psychology writer, and happiness researcher. Founder and Chief Editor of The Happiness Blog. Writes popular science articles on happiness, positive psychology, and related topics.
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