D’you ever read or hear a quote and think, “Wow! That’s totally got some meaning?” On occasion, words really can make a difference to our point of view or frame of mind.
So with that in mind, the following are 9 of our favorite quotes about positive thinking. Feel free to distribute and share – we’d love to scatter a little more positivity around the world…
1. We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead.” –Roy T. Bennett
This is a real showstopper, because most of us are guilty of passing judgment on others. But, when you think about it, just because someone is or thinks differently from you, does it make it right for you to judge that to be right or wrong? Instead, if you can open your heart to understand why the other person acts or feels that way, it will not only be nicer for them, but it’ll have a hugely beneficial impact on you too.
After all, our differences are something we should embrace. Not something we should be afraid of.
2. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”- Lyndon B. Johnson
Now there’s a powerful quote, if you just stop and think about it for a moment. Don’t we all spend way too much time regretting things that have already happened? Things we can’t change? What these few words so succinctly sum up, is that we need to leave the past in the past. But tomorrow – well, that’s a whole new ball game just waiting to be enjoyed.
3. “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.”- Winston Churchill
We can all be guilty of having a bad attitude over something or other. But Churchill’s words really are a truism about how acting or thinking in such a way has a massive impact, not only on how we deal with situations, but also on the attitude of those around us.
Think about it. You’re having a bad day. Someone acts in a grumpy, bad attitude way towards you, and your attitude also worsens. A bad day just got worse. But if you come across someone whose attitude is positive and upbeat, then it causes you to feel better too.
Now, wouldn’t it be nicer to be that ray of sunshine? Try it, you’ll be amazed at how even pretending to be in a good place can improve everything and everyone around you – and you’ll end up feeling far more positive as well.
4. “In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact.” – Les Brown
How cool a thought is this? That every minute of every day is a golden opportunity to do something positive. Once again, it’s all about viewing the here and now (and the future), as opportunities. Get the hang of that, and you’re already halfway to happiness.
5. “Send out a cheerful, positive greeting, and most of the time you will get back a cheerful, positive greeting. It’s also true that if you send out a negative greeting, you will, in most cases, get back a negative greeting.” – Zig Ziglar
Happy breeds happy. Grumpy breeds grumpy. Ziglar knows exactly what he’s talking about here. Sure, they’ll always be the one exception that proves the rule. But in general, if you exude cheerfulness and positivity, you’ll instill it in those around you as well.
6. “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.” – Wade Boggs
This one almost doesn’t need explaining, it’s so powerful. Your attitude is only the very beginning of the chain of events it begins. Start to think of your own positivity as the chemical reaction that lights up a chain of good things ahead. It really is an amazing tool at the disposal of each and every one of us.
7. “Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves.” – E. Joseph Cossman
OK, so this one might take a little more thinking about. What the quote means is that once you realize that your biggest and only barrier to a happy and contented life is you, then you’re a massive step towards reaching the nirvana you dream of.
It’s not about others and their lives and/or achievements. It’s about your own way of thinking, and your own positivity. Concentrate your efforts in becoming the best and most positive you possible, and we promise you’ll be amazed at the results.
8. “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi
What list of positive thinking quotes could possibly be complete without a quote from Gandhi? We love this one, because it’s telling us to never, ever, be discouraged if you come across a bad apple of humanity. Because there’s always going to be the odd person here and there who brings you down, betrays you, hurts you, or generally isn’t interested one jot in your well being.
But don’t ever let this cloud your judgment of the human race as a whole. Because for every one person like this, there’s a hundred or more out there who’re genuinely good. Just chalk it down to experience, and move on.
9. “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” – Joyce Meyer
Too true – the two simply cannot go hand in hand. And this should be a message we should all take home – that we need to work on the way we view the world and everything around us. Once we can persuade ourselves to think in a positive way, it will affect everything that goes on in our lives.
Positivity makes for more positivity. And guess what, if you fake it, it’ll actually fool your brain into thinking that you are, actually, in a positive mood. Try it the next time you’re having a bad day. Act like things are good, and we’ll put money on the fact that by the end of the day you’ll end up in a better frame of mind that where you started…