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2 Great Exercises For Positive Thinking

Updated on December 10, 2014

Thoughts affect water. Imagine what they do to you, considering you are mostly water!


Why we Need Exercises for Positive Thinking

We all wish we could be happy and smiling all the time, loving our work and waking up looking forward to a day filled with happiness. The truth is all that just isn't happening is it? We are even at the stage where we are annoyed with those who smile too much and always seem to look on the bright side of life! Amazing really, when you think of how useful positive thinking is. It allows you to get more done as well as make everyone around you happy, which is a nice bonus, I'm sure you'll agree. I'm afraid the scales are tipping in the favor of negativity and have been for a while, which is why the only way to get back on the happiness track is for us to practice exercises for positive thinking each day.

Water and Thoughts

Before I get to the exercises for positive thinking though, let me just give you some proof of what being predominantly negative does to us.

Perhaps you have heard of Dr. Masaru Emoto and his famous water experiments? Well, I won't go into detail, I'll just give you the quick version to get my point across. Using highly sophisticated techniques, he discovered that thoughts when directed at water consistently, on a daily basis actually have an effect on the water. Water taken from polluted sources or subjected to daily negative verbal thoughts produced warped, dull colored crystal forms. Whereas water taken from clean sources like springs or subjected to positive thoughts produced beautiful, symmetrical crystals! I guess now that makes those positive thinking affirmations easier to repeat daily, considering we know we are made up of I think it's 98% water.

"Half of the earth is water; our body is three-quarters water. Water represents the interface between the 4th dimension in which we live and the 5th dimensional sphere of our soul. Many studies have shown subtle effects of healers upon hydrogen bonding and infrared absorption of water. None of these scientific studies can compare with the beauty and clear messages shown by Dr. Emoto's elegant work. The impact of thought and beauty has never before been demonstrated so well."- Norman Shealy, M.D, Ph.D

An exercise for positive thinking-Collect smiles like this one!

The first exercise for positive thinking

The first positive thinking exercise I'm going to share with you is something I've been doing for only 1 week now. However, I mean it when I say it "works" because I'm smiling more than ever these past few days and negative thinking has hardly gotten a look in.

Collect Smiles

Yes, you read that right, collect smiles!

I must admit, I love my little notebooks which is why my techniques always involve them, however, they do work!

1. Buy a notebook, pocket-sized.

2. Label it my "Smile Collection Book."

3. On the first page, write: Smile Quota___ plus the following day's date. Next to smile quota, write the amount of smiles you are challenging yourself to receive. I started at 5, nice and easy and I attained that amount within 2 hours! Not easy these days!!

4. This is the most fun part of this particular positive thinking exercise. The next day, go out and search for those smiles. Do whatever you can to get the smiles, and either as you get them or later, jot them down. Write, where, who and how nice the smile was, rate it too if you want!

5. You won't believe how much pleasure you get from sitting there before bed, recalling the smiles you got. That's why I love this exercise for positive thinking. Imagine 1 year down the road, reading through your smile book, recalling all those small moments of happiness that we normally overlook.

Challenge yourself by raising the quota by one each day. Wow, you will end up with a lot of smiles! Where's the bad in that? Exactly!

It's time to start seeing these things again, and enjoying them as they happen.

Positive Thinking Exercise 2-Hunt For Those happy moments and Record Them

Practice positive thinking exercises with the help of these great books

Exercise For Positive Thinking- Find The good stuff

The Happiness Hunt!

This exercise for positive thinking involves purposely seeking out and recording the positive aspects of your day.

1. Again, you'll need a small pocket-sized notebook (Yes, I do have about 20!) and in this one write: "The good things that happened to me today."

2. Each day, go out and seek out the positive things you see around you. If someone holds a door open for you, mentally make a note of it, so you can record it later. We do the opposite so easily don't we? Can't we seek out the positive instead?

3. You can challenge yourself each day by beating the previous day's amount of happy events, or you can just record as many as you want.

These 2 exercises for positive thinking are wonderful because when I sit down at the end of my day and recall both the smiles and the positive events, I feel great! The images of the smiles and the happy times flood my mind leaving no room for anything else. Needless to say, I sleep like a log.

However, if you don't do these positive thinking exercises daily then be assured that you are either going to just stop after a few days, perhaps a week or the effect is not going to be significant enough for you to become full-time positive. Tip those scales back in favor of positivity, happiness, joy, any of those are better than a mind constantly switching back and forth between negativity and positivity.

Don't think about it, just do it. Your mind will try to dissuade you from doing these exercises for positive thinking and that would be your habitual mind, the one that is used to being mediocre or negative. Therefore, just go out and buy the books, and do it. Then after 2 days you'll notice that you wake up feeling great and looking forward to the challenge of beating yesterday's positivity quota!

Thoughts Affect Water!

What do you think? Are you practicing exercises for positive thinking on a daily basis?

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      Heather Cartman 

      5 years ago

      HI find this hub very useful and a great addition to improve my personality. Cheers!

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      Kristen Howe 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub about smiling and to think about good things to get you to think positive. What a great idea.

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      7 years ago

      Maybe you won't believe it but possitive thinking is a cancerous attitude and nothing more than seeing blindness to avoid reality.

      Reality is not possitive and not negative.... it just is as it is. The word says re-al-it-y and this means... ''life is dying''.

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Hassan,

      Thanks for sharing that touching story. Smiles can be such wonderful things. They lift your spirits when you're down and start off a chain reaction of smiles that resonates like a ripple in a lake.

      I understand your difficulty speaking in front of 4 people or more. I too suffered from that problem myself.

      Here's some tips for you, based on my own experience.

      1. Don't ever judge anyone. When you judge others, it creates a habit in your brain and if you are a sensitive type, you'll be afraid of meeting others because you begin to fear their judgement of you. Accept everyone as they are. They just are, you just are.

      2. Don't ever be hard on yourself. If you make a mistake, take it as a sign you need to improve and move on. Don't dwell. This will help to improve your self image and you'll be more confident.

      3. When around others, remember to let your body relax. Often, if we are nervous, our body is tight like a fist. This causes the nervous system to react and start the 'fight-or-flight' response. Adrenaline floods your veins, causing your voice to change, face to redden and your breathing to become shallow. Let your body just hang and take your time, say only what you need to say. No small-talk, no clever jokes. Don't put pressure on yourself by needing to impress others. Just be. Remember to breath and best of all, throw yourself into the situation quickly and bravely. If you are about to do a presentation, volunteer to be first and get up early. At a meeting, sit in the most obvious place, be seen by everyone. Never hide as this makes your brain protect you by making you want to get out of there.

      Those are the three main ones, Hassan.

      I hope they help and if you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.


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      7 years ago

      Hey,one time I was going to the school, walking, I face a girl suddenly and we smile to each other , and guess what all my day was wonderfull ,I feel happy ,I noticed after I read this great article that I feel in a lot of happiness when people smile to me , so thank you very much...and one question do you have any tipps to talk easly in front of more than 4 people because I feel in stress and my voice change thank you (sorry if my English was bad)

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      7 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Pete Michner!

      Thanks for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Have a great day!


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      Pete Michner 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Very nice Hub, thanks!

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      8 years ago

      What great ideas! A positive attitude is really so important, without it nothing else will work. Great job on this hub.

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      8 years ago

      Nice thanks.

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      9 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Starstream.

      Yes I agree. Those energy rays are sent out in our smiles and good deeds and sharing them spreads healing throughout the places we go to.

      A smile is free. We should give more of them. Here is one for you - :) hehe

      Peace and light!

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      9 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Barbergirl! Lovely profile pic, by the way! ;)

      Luckily, I am outside a lot and I do see a lot of smiles of all types. Sometimes I do forget to be grateful for them though because I'm rushing around working etc, but I always think back to them and appreciate them.

      My baby son's smile is worth a thousand other smiles though. Incredibly beautiful to see it. The little gurgle of laughter is an added bonus as well. Wonderful!

      Thanks for stopping by Barbergirl.

      Peace. :)

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      Dreamer at heart 

      9 years ago from Northern California

      There are positive energy rays sending out radiant energy if we wish to express them to others. This can be very healing.

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      Stacy Harris 

      9 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I absolutely love this.... what a great exercise - collecting smiles. I have noticed that since I became a stay at home mom I don't seem to go out as often... I also notice that the only smiles I see are the ones from my family. Not bad, but if you don't have a variety of smiles you definitely can tell the difference. I am much happier if I see a lot of people's smiling faces - particularly strangers. Great hub... sharing so I can spread the smiles!

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      9 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Thanks Einstein!!

      Let me know how that goes for you!

      Take care. Richawriter.

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      9 years ago

      Interesting techniques.

      I shall give them a go tomorrow. Great article!

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      10 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Thanks Suziecat7. Yes, a smile can completely change a person's day. Perhaps you are walking down the street and see a person looking down in the dumps, a bright smile from you could completely change the outcome of their day such is the power in a smile!

      Thanks for stopping by! :)

      Take care. Rich

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      10 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Great article. I work with the public and know how a smile can make a difference. Thanks for positive tips. Rated up and I'm a fan.

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      10 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Robert! Thanks for stopping by here and taking the time to read my hub. :) I believe that we can learn pretty much anything from being lucky to being happy, it is just a matter of repetition and control.

      I used to be a serial moaner and complainer but in the last few years I have molded myself into a serial smiler and optimist. If I had known back then, what I know now, It would not have taken me so long to change.

      Thanks again. I'll come and visit your hubs too and join your gang.

      Take care. Rich :)

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      Robert Veight 

      10 years ago

      thanks for the tips. The smile one is definitely for me. I have thought this before, but not stayed with it. I think of those I know, who have the most natural smiles... do you really think it can be a learned attribute? anyway, I will be reading your other hubs, and now following you. voted this up and useful.

    • Richawriter profile imageAUTHOR

      Richard J ONeill 

      10 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      Hey Cardisa, thanks for reading. You are right, if we think positive, then positive things will happen because we will be more inclined to take positive action. Therefore, we must strive to keep our thoughts focused on only the positive. Take care, Rich :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      10 years ago from Jamaica

      I must try these exercises because I believe thoughts affect everything. I we think positive then positives things will happen.



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