What is Positive Thinking?

26 November 2023by crbwebsite0

And why positive thinking is so powerful

Thoughts are like a domino effect, where one can topple the next. It sets the stage for a cascade of emotions and actions. It’s fascinating. How a single thought, whether negative or positive, can initiate a chain reaction. Simultaneously influencing your mindset and emotions in profound ways, which is why positive thinking is so powerful. So what is positive thinking?

Positive thinking is

An optimistic attitude. A belief that you can overcome challenges with confidence. Even if you aren’t sure, you trust that you can do it. It offers resilience and enhances well being. It’s not necessarily ‘ignoring’ anything negative – especially our feelings, as that can tip into toxic positivity.  Overall It’s more about maintaining an optimistic outlook that you will cope and be OK.

Link between thoughts and feelings

The link between your thoughts and your emotional state is undeniable. When negative thoughts dominate, we experience anxiety, stress, and despair, which, in turn, evidently reinforce the negative thought patterns. Our feelings and thoughts are deeply intertwined, creating a cyclical relationship that can be challenging to break.

Positive and negative thinking spirals


On the flip side, a positive thought can be the spark that ignites an upward spiral of optimism and resilience. This is what psychologists refer to as a “growth mindset.” It’s the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through effort and learning. By cultivating a growth mindset, you open the door to endless possibilities.

To develop a growth mindset, you must actively manage your thoughts. Therefore when you’re slipping into negative spirals, be aware. Thus being explicitly and consciously aware you can steer your thinking towards positive thought.

5 ways to gain a more positive mindset

Practice Self-Compassion

Firstly, treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d offer to a friend. Remember that everyone makes mistakes, and setbacks are opportunities for growth

Challenge Negative Thoughts

When a negative thought creeps in, question its validity. Is it based on facts, or is it just a product of anxiety and self-doubt? Challenge these thoughts to break the cycle.

Gratitude Journal

Regularly jot down things you’re grateful for. This simple practice can shift your focus from what’s lacking to what you have, fostering positivity.

Set Realistic Goals

Setting unattainable goals can lead to disappointment and negativity. Define achievable, smaller goals to help you on your path to success.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

Seek out people, books, and resources that inspire and uplift you. A positive environment can be a powerful catalyst for a growth mindset.

Finally, the interplay between our thoughts, feelings, and actions is a delicate dance. The power of thought should never be underestimated. Whether you’re succumbing to the spiral of negativity or riding the wave of optimism, it all starts with a single thought. By nurturing a growth mindset and practicing positive thinking, you unlock a world of opportunities and courage to explore new horizons.

Because it’s your positive thinking style that propels you to venture beyond your comfort zone, embracing change and growth.


If life has made it tough to hold the positive in mind, please click on the contact page to get in touch see how I can help you.

About the author: Chris Boobier is the owner of CRB Counselling specialising in anxiety, trauma, Bereavement & loss. Supporting adults and adolescents, she is passionate about helping people be their authentic self through counselling.




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