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The importance of a positive mindset

The most wonderful time of the year may be over, but January brings with it a whole new wave of excitement. The idea of having a clean slate ahead of you is an incredibly liberating and satisfying thought and provides the perfect opportunity to focus on adopting a positive mindset.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Guatama Buddha

Never underestimate the power of your own mind and its unique ability to create your own happiness and success. Mental health benefits of a positive mindset include being less stressed, happier and being more likely to find the motivation needed to achieve your goals.

According to the Mayo Clinic*, positive thinking can have a significant effect on our physiological wellbeing too and can include the following health benefits:

  • Increased life span

  • Greater resistance to the common cold

  • Better physical wellbeing

  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease

Now that we understand both the importance and power of a positive mindset, how do we go about implementing this new state of mind? The following tips should help you to adopt an optimistic outlook for the year ahead and beyond:

  • Smile! It may sound simple, but smiling releases feel-good hormones like endorphins which will make you feel amazing.

  • Practice positive affirmations on a daily basis. Write down a quote or instruction to yourself that features encouraging and motivational words, and read it aloud in the mirror every morning. You will be amazed at how great it makes you feel and how well-equipped you are to tackle the day ahead.

  • Attitudes are contagious. It’s very difficult to be negative around a positive person, so surround yourself with the right type of people and notice the difference it makes to your own mood. You may also find that people start being attracted to you and your positive vibes, which in turn will boost your self-confidence and make everything seem brighter.

  • Schedule in fun. Open up anyone’s diary and you are bound to see a multitude of meetings, appointments and conference calls – but what about ‘play’? Allocating some time to relax or simply do something you enjoy is essential to your inner happiness and overall wellbeing.

Achieving your goals and resolutions will ultimately depend on your own self-discipline and drive, both of which rely on a positive and resilient mindset. Make the change today and get ready to begin your journey to reaching optimum happiness.


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