18 Positive Thinking Exercises to make your Day Count

Having a bad day? Maybe you missed a necessary appointment, a date failed, or your presentation turned out badly at an office meeting.

How do you keep it positive during the day or the rest of the week? 

Notably, as humans, we will always have positive and negative thoughts flowing through our minds. That’s acceptable.

The negative thoughts you are having in your mind right now could be bad news, an awful experience, or a negative remark about you. 

Is there something you could do about your negative thoughts and feelings, or should you let them settle in and make you bitter, angry, and miserable? 

Don’t think about that route because we got eighteen positive thinking exercises that could be the antidote you need for your negativity. 

Let’s get straight to them. 

1.Pause and Take a Breath

Have you ever talked so fast? Maybe the MC called on you to give a speech at a family meeting or the wedding of a friend, and all hell broke loose. 

After the speech, you don’t remember a word you said. 

You let nervousness reign messing you up. You probably finished talking while burning up on the inside on how you made a fool of yourself. 

Next time you find yourself in this situation, take things slow. Pause and take deep breaths.

Focusing on your breath will bring you back to the moment. You will stop focusing on yourself and get your mind to be calmer and handle the situation better. 

2.Use the Mirror Technique

When you stand in front of a mirror, what do you see? Yourself, right?

Can you use positive words to describe the image you see in front of you?

Your comments could go like, “I’m confident,” “I’m in control.” I love and accept the person I am.”, “I’m fearfully and wonderfully made.” 

You could make this a routine and do this every morning when you wake up. The positive words you speak of yourself keep you in a cheerful disposition, enabling you to handle the rest of the day with a positive mindset. 

3.Believe you are Succeeding

It’s easy to give up when you see everything is going to fail. That is going to make you negative.

Whether it was a short-term or long-term project you were dealing with, you don’t want to go through with it as if you are forced to handle it. 

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In everything you do, believe things will work out, and of course, you will start coming up with ways of making them work.

Thank me when you succeed. 

4.Be Active

One other way to exercise positivity is to be active. A sedentary lifestyle is more routine and doesn’t count much in keeping you positive, especially when you feel negative. 

Get out there and take a hike. 

Lift weights, and you will feel you have pumped something out of your chest. 

At the end of it all, you will feel more positive than when you started.

5.Talk and laugh at the Challenges you are facing

I didn’t say you share all your problems with the world, but making fun of them makes you ease up and stop killing yourself on the inside. 

In fact, you will see them as usual and something temporal that you can go through and overcome. 

When things get tough, we are constantly told, get tougher, but we should be careful not to do this at the expense of our health.

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Don’t play strong when you are dying on the inside. Talk and laugh at life challenges. 

6.Practice Positive Affirmation

Positive affirmations are positive phrases that you can repeat over your life.

They help you counter the negative thinking pattern you have always had and believed about you. An example of a positive affirmation could be, “I’m getting better and better every day.”, “I’m making it.” 

If you are having issues with your self-esteem, you could tell yourself, “I’m a problem solver,” “I’m beautiful.”, “I adapt quickly to change.”

Repeating these positive phrases in your life help to change the negative thinking pattern you have had before. 

Try it for some time and see the difference it brings over your life.

7.Don’t be too hard on yourself

Sometimes we set the bar too high, and when things go south, we hit at ourselves and put ourselves down.

That shouldn’t be you.

Accept that you are a human who is prone to err and give yourself a second chance. 

8.Keep the Company of Positive People

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How we feel can be infectious to the surrounding people.

If you enter a room full of happy and energetic people, chances are high you will be the most enthusiastic person in line.

The same is true when the people surrounding you are negative. You will be the next negative person.

If your company is always talking about scarcity, dirty politics, and rising crime, they will leave you with nothing else to see but only negativity.

The best way to think positively is to associate with positive thinkers. 

9.Set Realistic Goals

To prevent negative thinking from creeping into your life, you need to be realistic with yourself.

One way we keep ourselves negative is by creating unrealistic goals that we cannot achieve. 

Your goals need to be SMART. If it is a big goal, break it down into action steps that will make it more manageable to avoid burning out.

That’s how you go from negative to positive thinking. 

10.Treat Problems as a Test to your Next Chapter of Life

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Whatever hurdle you face, always see it as a lesson to your next chapter of life.

No problem is permanent. Don’t look at the problem, but focus on the person you are becoming. 

A life challenge or a difficult situation right now is a test to your next promotion in life.

11.Can you use positive words when Talking? It makes a lot of difference. 

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“Can’t work,” “Not possible,” “won’t,” “just surviving.” Use less of such words in your daily talk.

And if possible, avoid them at all costs when describing or referring to yourself. 

Opportunities come dressed in overalls. When you cling to negative words such as above, “I can’t handle it better than Mr. X,” “it’s not my thing,” Then talk about what you can do best. 

If you stick to positive words long enough, your mind will start changing towards a positive outlook of life, and you will see life isn’t that bad as you thought it was. 

12.Track your Thoughts

We are good at watching other things but our thoughts. That’s how negative thinking finds a way into our brain, develops into a pattern, and becomes second nature to you. 

Learn to keep track of your thoughts. Treat negative thoughts as passing clouds and let the positive ones settle in. 

Some thoughts will make you angry, bitter, or unhappy with yourself.

Yes, those are the negative thoughts you should track and identify whether it is a pattern that you can drop altogether instead of allowing them to take root. 

13.You Could Use a Little Help from an Inspirational Book

Are you a reader? If yes, you could use your reading habit to be a positive thinker by reading the inspiration books around you. 

Reading about someone succeeding or going through a similar problem and overcoming it will motivate you.

You will be optimistic and open your mind again to endless possibilities to overcome your hurdles. 

14.Be Happy Where you Are

I get it. The pay isn’t good. Your relationship is turning out differently than you thought it was. You wish to live in a better place than where you are right now. 

Holding these kinds of thoughts only makes you miserable and negative. 

Is there another side of the coin? 

As Dr. Joe Vitale, “The fastest way to get where you want is to be happy with where you are.” 

Life is a journey, and the difference between where you are and where you want to be is time. What you are doing with the time you have is what brings the difference. 

15.Analyze a problem for what it is and find the best solution to it

Okay, you are heading to a destination North, and you just realized you don’t have enough bus fare. That’s a problem. 

Should you sit down and start counting the other problems you face and how they are making you miserable, or should you find a workable solution to the current situation? 

The fare to Destination North = X 

Cash available = Y 

Cash needed = X-Y

How to raise (X-Y) 

  • Check your emergency fund 
  • Borrow a loan 
  • Ask a friend
  • Postpone the journey

You just analyzed a problem and found out solutions to solving it. Could you use the same approach to solving other challenges in life instead of crying at your problems? 

16.Let go of the Past

The past is the last second. Whether you were bombarded with success or failure, it just remains the past.

Don’t bask too long in the glory of the yesteryears. Neither should you tarry longer than is healthy for you in your past failures. 

To move forward as fast, you need to make peace with your past.

You cannot change what happened in the past, but you can change your present for a better tomorrow.

Dwelling on the past makes you negative, killing your optimism in life. 

17.Count your Blessings

It’s easier said than done. But start counting, and you will get shocked.

In your pursuit for success and a better life, you have taken for granted the things you worked hard to gain. 

The smartphone in your hand just gave you the privilege to read this blog post from the comfort of wherever. Ooh no, you are in the toilet? Hahaha. 

But you get the drift, right? 

That time you feel you are losing it; when your life gets you between a rock and a hard place; when progress seems to be slow, count your blessings. 

You will find yourself more optimistic about handling the present challenges better.

18.Embrace your Inner Child

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It helps to be playful sometimes.

Children are always animated and have little time to worry about their problems because, well, there is always someone standing by to take care of it. 

Getting playful can change your moods. Like a child, you can trust in a higher power and let go of your problems. Play and let go. 

In Matthew 11:28, we are told to cast our heavy burdens to Jesus, and he will give us rest. 

Isn’t it positive to know that you cast your burdens on someone else? 


Positive thinking exercises are excellent to make you get rid of negativity in your life. You may not master them in a week or even a month, but keeping them with consistency will make you more optimistic and a positive person in life. You can also subscribe to our blog and grab yourself a free e-book on staying positive.

Positive Thinking: How to Think Positive for a Healthy Lifestyle

Is positive thinking a choice or people think negatively even when they don’t want to? The truth is, people, gain negative thinking patterns just as they would positive thinking patterns. The sad part is, people embrace negative thinking patterns more than positive ones without their knowledge. 

What do you look like inside your head? There those who see the glass half empty, and others see it as half full. In other words, those who see the glass as half empty are pessimistic, while those who see the glass as half full are optimistic. Embracing negative thinking instead of vivacious is akin to being sick because it leads to a lack of peace and mental stress. 

This article talks about positive thinking and how you can use it to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Let’s get moving. 

What is Positive Thinking?

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Positive thinking is focusing on the bright side of things. It’s choosing to see the light when everybody around you sees darkness.

I don’t mean it literally.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean that you ignore the bad in your life. On the contrary, it means you are conscious of the dark side of things happening in your life, but you choose to remain optimistic and confident about good things coming. 

Children are born innocent until they pick wrong cues from their parents, siblings, and society. However, as you grow into an adult, choose between positive thinking and negative thinking

Out of the heart, the mouth speaks. You will spot a positive thinking person by their perceptions about life issues and how they approach unpleasant situations. How you speak about your life is an accurate reflection of who you are on the inside. 

Positive thoughts will lead to positive self-talk. On the flip side of things, a negative mind will speak what is always negative. 

For me, I would say reading the Bible has made me a positive thinker. You may not be a believer, but the Bible can turn the most cynical mind into one that thinks positively. 

Positive Thinking for a Healthy Lifestyle

If positive thinking were not riches, I wouldn’t be talking or writing about it. Positive thinking is a source of healing and strength to your spirit and bones. 

What is your self-talk on money, relationships, career, and family, for example? When people check on you, what are you always telling them? Do you rant about the terrible weather and your pain in the butt, boss, or you choose to focus on the positive and tell them you are doing well? 

Here are the benefits of always focusing on the positive side of things:

  1. You will cope better with stressful situations
  2.  Prevents depression 
  3. Perfect physical and psychological well being
  4. Longevity in life 
  5. A healthy immune system against the Common cold.
  6. Reduced chances of cardiovascular diseases and death. 
  7. Reduced levels of distress. 

How to Develop Positive Thinking in your Life

In most cases, when the mind is in a state of anxiety or suspense, it always thinks of evil or something terrible happening. Imagine your spouse coming home an hour later than the time you always expect them. 

Your mind will race you through all the bad scenarios it can imagine, only to realize later on that your spouse was held up in a meeting or got caught up in a traffic jam. 

Or maybe your loved one is suffering from a chronic disease that doesn’t seem to go away. You have invested so much time and money in treating your child, but there has been little progress so far. 

Given the degree of the challenge, you will feel burned out, stressed, and have too many thoughts, which in most cases are negative. 

Well, the good news is that you can learn to unlearn such negative thinking in your life. We offer you some ways you can learn positive thinking in your life. 

Focus on the Good

We don’t live in a perfect world. Shit sometimes happens. But that shouldn’t give you a reason to cloud your mind with negativity. Imagine missing a flight? Or a necessary appointment?

That is going to cause you much stress. But on the flip side, there is never a problem without a solution. And if no solution is available, the problem is manageable.

If you missed the critical appointment, tell yourself you can schedule another one at a reasonable time. 

Keep Company with Positive Thinkers

The people you spend most of your time with determine whether you will be a positive or a negative thinker. Stay with the positive ones, and you will be the next in line.

I once dreaded marriage because I had kept the company of people who felt that marriage wasn’t worthwhile and led to lots of frustrations and loss of freedom.

The truth is, no marriage is perfect, but you can choose to work on yours to make it look like you want it to be. If you stay close to positive people longer, your perception of life will be positive, and you will also have higher self-esteem. 

Practice Gratitude

Recently, while attending a Mind Wellness class, the instructor was quick to point out the importance of being thankful.

Practicing mindfulness helps you forget the bad and start focusing on the good. The instructor pointed out that we need to point out something that worked well at the end of each day.

Talk about having a gratitude journal. Practicing gratitude improves your self-esteem and optimism in life. It’s an easy pathway to positive thinking. 

Also, it will help you navigate the difficult time in your life. 

Embrace Humor

If you are not a fan of humor, maybe it’s time you start being one. Past studies on humor have found it to be stress-relieving.

Humour also helps you get rid of depression and anxiety. Learn to embrace humor and laugh heartily. Numerous stand-up comedy shows could help you crack your ribs for a moment.

Play nice and allow yourself to laugh. Laughing, in itself, has been said to be a mood booster. 

Start your Day Positively

How you start your morning determines how the rest of your day will be. You want to begin with stuff that will uplift you and give you the energy to sail through.

I pray and listen to uplifting music. The great motivational guru, Tony Robbins, has a unique morning routine for fifteen minutes that keeps him fueled up for the rest of the day.

Here is a summary of his morning routine: 

  • Moving and breathing ( five minutes )
  • Emotional State of Enormous Gratitude ( five minutes) 
  • Incantations/Mantras (five minutes) 

Your mornings don’t have to start like that of Tony Robbins. You could come up with your way of starting your day positively. 

Practice Positive Affirmations and Self-talk

Everyone has a voice in their head that speaks to them either negatively or positively. Positive thinking demands that you have positive self-talk.

We can be hard on ourselves, but it also helps to look at ourselves like a normal being prone to errors.

Learn to be optimistic about yourself by being mindful of your self-talk. Instead of telling yourself, “I can’t afford it.” Give yourself to possibilities by saying, “How can I afford it?”

Fix your negative areas

If you are not a positive thinker, chances are high; there are negative areas in your life that you are yet to identify and fix. Maybe you hate it when people tell you what to do.

This isn’t wrong because you can’t have it all figured out, but you may have created negativity around it, making you negative.

Or maybe you always turn negative at work because of one reason or the other. It would be best if you identify these areas and correct them.

You could also use help from people around you to identify your negative areas. 

Positive Thinking in Difficult Times

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Positive thinking doesn’t mean suppressing your negative thoughts. Feel free to allow the negative thoughts to come by but make them a passing cloud. 

This might be near impossible, especially when grieving or going through a difficult period in your life. But trust me, you can still choose to have positive thoughts.

The trick is not to focus on the problem at hand but embrace the support of other people. Also, look into ways you can be supportive of other people.

Imagine yourself giving advice or encouragement to a grieving person; what would you tell them? You are likely to tell them you know how they feel and that you have been there before.

I know you will tell them that it’s okay to feel that way and then encourage them and gently remind them that it will pass.  

Practice Positive Thinking Everyday

Practicing positive thinking every day in your life is extremely rewarding. It will reduce negative self-talk, improve your self-esteem, and change the perception of the world around you. Positive thinking has a direct correlation with your health. Positive thinkers maintain good health, while negative thinkers are prone to stress symptoms and heart diseases. Choose your path today. We offer you a free e-book on positivity that will help you practice positivity every day of your life. Subscribe and grab your free copy.