Positive Thinking: Focusing on the Positive

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Your Mental Health: Focusing on the Positive

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Mental Health and Positive Thinking: Focusing on the PositiveHow much time each day do you spend focusing on the positive things in your life? Research shows positive thinking can make a huge difference in your mental health, your attitude, your self-esteem and self-confidence. A famous book by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale titled, "The Power of Positive Thinking," discusses how positive thoughts can create lasting change in your life. A landmark study by Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, a positive psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, backs up this concept.

So you know, positive thinking is not about just putting on a happy face or carrying a happy-go-lucky attitude. Rather when you see things with a positive attitude, you see more possibilities in your life. This allows you to build new skills and resources that can provide value in different parts of your life.

Conversely, negative thoughts can lead to bouts of depression and negative thinking can kill your self-esteem.

How to Change Negative Depressing Thoughts and Think Positive

If you are a long time negative thinker, the ability to think positively will take practice and time. Here are two posts from our depression and self-esteem bloggers to get you started.

  1. Practice Positivity to Attain Depression Remission
  2. My Path to Positive Thinking

Also, take a look at our video interview with Julie Fast, who has written several best-selling books on living with bipolar disorder and depression. Julie has bipolar disorder and shares her ideas on how to change depressing thoughts.


If you're just starting out, a positive thought can be as simple as this one from HealthyPlace Facebook community member, Cynthia Lai: "I am still alive right now!!"

Related Information on Mental Health Recovery

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: When it comes to your mental health, what would you consider your biggest success. We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

Help Spread Awareness of Mental Illness

Get Our Mental Health Blog Widget

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As a bonus, put the blogs widget on your site or blog, email us (info AT with a page link where it appears, and we'll give a shoutout to your site, blog, or social site on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. Bipolar Disorder and Comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder
  2. What is Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)?
  3. Confronting the Postpartum OCD Monster

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.


Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.


Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Children with Asperger’s Syndrome Hurt by Asperger’s Stigma

Children with Asperger's Syndrome need to be diagnosed early, despite any parental concerns about the stigma attached to Asperger's Syndrome. The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, shares some observations on seeking a diagnostic evaluation for young children displaying signs of Asperger's Syndrome .

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

  • Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?
  • Cognitive Science Meets Pre-Algebra
  • Weather and Violence
  • Shorter Workweek May Not Increase Well-Being
  • Couples With Autistic Children
  • Adding Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to SRIs May Be Beneficial for Patients with OCD
  • Study Finds Men Are More Likely to Develop Physical Illness Than Women
  • Brain Clues Reveal Risk of Psychotic Illness
  • Depression Highlighted as Nonadherence Risk in Bipolar Patients
  • Gender Warns of Bipolar I Disorder Risks
  • Mental Health–Asthma Link Heightened by Obesity

That's it for now. If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week:

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, September 12). Positive Thinking: Focusing on the Positive, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 21 from

Last Updated: September 4, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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