When someone tells you to “think positive,” do you find yourself rolling your eyes? Surely, all of life’s problems can’t be solved just by changing the way you think, can they? Well, yes and no. A positive mindset isn’t going to change the problems you face on a daily basis. But, it can change your perspective, which will have an impact on how you deal with those problems and setbacks.
If you don’t know where to start, achieving a positive mindset might be easier said than done. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be something innately within you. There are things you can do to help you think and be more positive on a regular basis. Let’s go over a few practical tips you can start using today to achieve a positive mindset, and to change your perspective on things.
1. Start Journaling
Journaling is one of the easiest habits you can start to improve your mindset and your overall personal development. People journal to help them with everything from weight loss to anxiety, but it can also play a key role in achieving a positive mindset.
You don’t have to be a great writer to start journaling. Simply write down your thoughts, your goals for the day and your accomplishments. As you continue to write, you might start to notice patterns in your thinking or that certain things that trigger negative thoughts, negative self-talk, etc.
When you recognize those negative patterns, you can make active changes. They provide an opportunity to think and speak more positively, and they put you in control.
2. Show More Gratitude
There have been numerous studies on the benefits of showing more gratitude, and most of them have found that the more thankful you are, the better you’ll feel! Think about the last time someone did something genuinely kind for you. Even if it was something small, chances are it made you happy.
When you choose to be grateful for everyday things, you can experience that feeling of positivity all of the time. Wake up and be thankful for the air in your lungs, or the sun in the sky! You will never run out of reasons to show more gratitude in your life.
3. Fill Your Mind With Positive Literature
You have heard the saying “you are what you eat,” but the same could be said for the content that you consume on a regular basis. If you are feeling down, unmotivated, or you are stuck in a negative pattern, read something positive. It could be an uplifting quote, a chapter from your favorite book on personal development, or even a positive affirmation that will lift your spirit.
Sometimes, reading something (especially reading it aloud) can get you out of a negative mindset or cycle and bring you back to a positive way of thinking. Try carrying around a small notebook with you that is filled with positive quotes or affirmations that inspire you, so you can pull it out when you might need it for a positivity boost.
4. Look On the Bright Side
This is more than just an old saying if you truly want to be more positive! The reality is, just about every situation has a silver lining. It can be hard to see at times, and you might need to dig a little deeper to find it, but it’s always there.
Changing your perspective means seeing the bright side, even when things seem dark. Find the humor in any situation possible. Laughter often is the best medicine to fight against negativity. Looking on the bright side is a choice. While it isn’t always an easy one, it’s one anyone can make, and if you’re trying to develop a more positive mindset, it’s one you should actively pursue in times of trouble.
5. Practice Positive Self-Talk
Negative self-talk can harm your self-esteem, damage your sense of self-worth, and cause you to see the world from a dark and gloomy perspective.
You may not even realize it while it is happening, but negative self-talk is dangerous, and it can take some effort to fight back against it. It is often easy to see the worst in ourselves, and when you have a negative mindset it’s even easier to think things that aren’t necessarily true. For example, if you had a bad day at work, you might start to tell yourself that you’re a failure or that you’re worthless, when deep down you know that is just not true.
When you start to hear that little voice creeping in, feeding you negative lies about yourself, replace it with positivity. You could say something like, “I had a bad day today, but I know I’m good at my job.”
6. Surround Yourself With Positive People
If you want to develop a more positive mindset, look at the people around you. Who do you spend most of your time with, and what is their outlook like? Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the people around you could be bringing you down.
If your friends and family members are consistently negative, never have anything positive to say, or they always seem to be complaining, you might need to take a break or limit the amount of time you spend with them.
Instead, try to surround yourself with more positive people. Chances are, you already know some people in your life who always seem to be upbeat and in a good mood. It’s normal to be naturally-drawn to them!
While no one is happy 100% of the time, those with a positive mindset don’t let the things that are bothering them keep them down for long. You can live this way, too, and feel more fulfilled with your everyday life just by changing your perspective and having a more positive mindset. As you can see, it is quite easy to do by using these tips to get started, and kick negativity to the curb!
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
What are existential questions?
Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.
They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.
The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.
Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.
I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.
50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions
1. Are there limits to human creativity?
2. What makes something beautiful?
3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?
4. Who am I?
5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?
6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?
7. Are we given enough time?
8. Is privacy a right?
9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?
10. Are we alone in the universe?
11. What is love?
12. How would you define genius?
13. What do you think your purpose is?
14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?
15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?
16. Why do you think we are here?
17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?
18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?
19. What happens when I die?
20. What worries me the most about the future?
21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?
22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?
23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?
24. Does truth exist without evidence?
25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?
26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?
27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
28. Is it more important to love or be loved?
29. What would make the world a better place?
30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?
31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?
32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?
33. What advice would you tell your younger self?
34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?
35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?
36. What is the most important goal every person should have?
37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?
38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?
39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?
40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?
41. Where do you think we go when we die?
42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?
43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?
44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?
45. Is one lifetime enough?
46. What matters most in my life?
47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?
48. What is the meaning of life?
49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?
50. What does it mean to live a good life?
I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.
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