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How to Celebrate National Positive Thinking Day

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National Positive Thinking Day is on September 13, so if you're one of the many people who have a problem staying positive, use it as a target date to change your frame of mind. It's not as easy as it sounds, but it's completely doable to make your thoughts
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more positive, which in turn, can help you feel happier and improve your life. Start off with simple changes and they can create pretty big changes the longer you keep them up.

Read and watch positive things

There are a lot of people who no longer watch the evening news because they say it's too depressing. Well, reading and watching positive things can have the opposite effect. When you read and watch positive things, it can help boost your mood in a big way and keep you in a happier frame of mind. Do it every day, especially when you find yourself drifting into a negative mood, and you can lift your spirits in no time.

Volunteer or donate

Many who often volunteer or donate to a worthy organization say they feel more happy and in a positive frame of mind. Almost everyone can name a cause that's close to them whether it has to do with humans or animals. You don't necessarily have to commit a certain number of hours per week or month or even do it in person. In some cases, you can volunteer whenever you have time or even online. If you have no time to volunteer, you can always donate money or material goods.

Find the humor or positive in almost every situation

This is one of the most difficult things to do, and it's impossible to find the humor or positive in some situations, but many that we think are completely horrible actually have some type of positivity attached to it if we look hard enough. Every time a situation comes up where you start to see all the negative in it, do everything you can to find the positive. Even finding a little sliver of it can help make the annoyance and/or upset at least slightly better.

Set small goals

There have probably been quite a few times where you've set a big goal, didn't entirely accomplish it, then gave up or beat yourself up because of it. Instead of setting a huge goal, set small goals, and every time you accomplish one, add onto the ones you initially made. It'll seem like a series of doable goals rather than one large difficult-to-handle goal.

Retrain your brain

When you think negative and don't try to refocus on the positive, you're just going to keep the train of thought going down the negative path. Any time a negative thought pops into your head, immediately force yourself to change it to something positive and pretend like you have no other choice in the matter.

With National Positive Thinking Day approaching on September 13, now is as good a chance as any to turn things around. The more you work at having a consistently positive frame of mind, the easier it's going to be to just do it out of habit.

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Why? Who wouldn't want to live a more positive life?
When: September 13, 2011
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