If, like me, you were not encouraged to open up and talk about things as you were growing up, concerns, worries and problems will never have been discussed. That doesn’t amount to positive thinking.
Perhaps our parents didn’t talk about their concerns and feelings, so we learned not to talk either. Or perhaps it was because we weren’t sure how our thoughts would be received, whether what we were saying was something our parents would think was stupid. But whatever the reason, if parents are open with us, we will learn how to be open.
We function better when we talk about things, and that helps give us a more positive outlook. Being able to think positively comes with many emotional benefits. Issues become less stressful and less stress means increased mental clarity. Those of us who continually think positively also experience better health.
Positive thinking is a great way of reprogramming the mind, so that we can tackle issues that crop up. But to deal with our issues, we must think positively and change any negative thinking. For us to practise positive thinking we must believe in the power of positive thinking, because that will bring about positive change.