“Watch your thoughts, they become words; watch your words, they become actions;
watch your actions, they become habits; watch your habits, they become character;
watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
Did you know that the mere act of THINKING about something can cause your brain and
your body to act or react in different ways? When you engage in thinking, your brain
releases “chemical messengers” called neurotransmitters. Those neurotransmitters then
communicate to other parts of your body, controlling almost all of your body’s major
functions. Studies have shown that your thoughts can even affect the structure and
programming of the cells in your body.
Isn’t it amazing that our thoughts create such unique chain reactions and can have such
a real impact on our lives… physically, mentally, emotionally?
Okay, so, we can learn about and even acknowledge the power of our thoughts, but
then what? How do we put that knowledge into action to really get the results we want
Do you have a friend or family member that just always finds the silver lining or
naturally sees the bright side over anything else? Don’t you just love those people? Time
spent with people like that is always so enjoyable and uplifting… and it almost seems
like their optimism tends to rub off on those around them.
I do believe some people are natural optimists – born with a greater ability to feel, think,
and act positively – but I also think optimism is something we can learn and get better
at. Think of positivity like a muscle – the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets!
Here are 3 simple ways to “exercise your optimism.”
1. Start your day by taking a few minutes to think or speak 5 positive thoughts.
Your 5 thoughts don’t have to be anything huge or unique. They can be simple
things like, “I adore my husband and children and I am so lucky to have such a
great family!” or “It is a beautiful day outside!” This is a quick way to get your
brain thinking happy thoughts and to kick start your optimism.
2. Practice Gratitude. As your day goes on, take a few moments to think a grateful
thought. Chances are you have a busy life and some days there will be
unexpected disasters or challenges that pop up and throw you off. No matter
how the day progresses, remember to pause and think of something to be
grateful for. Gratitude is proven to increase happiness and overall wellness, and
is a great way to give your optimism a chance to shine.
3. Think before you speak… and rethink your thinking! It can be so easy to slip into
negative conversations, to complain, or to speak with anger, frustration, or guilt.
Even the most casual comments or conversations in our days can end up with a
negative spin. So, before you open your mouth to speak, stop and think. Is what
you’re saying negative? Is there a positive spin or a different approach that
would switch the conversation or comment to be more optimistic? Switch your
mode of thinking and the words that come out of your mouth to something that
will uplift yourself and those around you.
There are so many ways to change your thoughts and to really harness the power of
thoughts in your life, but even with these few simple positivity-boosting strategies, I
believe you’ll notice positive effects!
When you shift your thoughts to more optimistic, positive ones, your body will respond
and follow suit. You might notice that you don’t feel so tired or groggy or that it’s just
generally easier to smile and feel happy throughout the day. You might find that the
goals you’re working towards seem more doable and that new ways to reach them
come to mind when you least expect it. Or, you just might find that with your new
mindset and the positivity working in your brain and body, you’re ready to improve
other areas of your life and expand your positive thinking into positive action!
No matter where you’re at or what struggles you face in life, remember that your
thoughts can have a significant impact on your physical, mental, and emotional well-
being… and, more importantly, you will always have the power to improve and elevate
One of my favorite mentors who has helped me realize the absolute power our thought life has is Dr. Caroline Leaf