A Simple Guide On How To Use
Positive Thinking In Everyday Life

You've read about positive thinking. You are ready.
Now, how to use positive thinking in everyday life?

Whatever the situation, you always have choices. Your core choice is how you react to what is going on.

You can choose to react positively, negatively, or even not to react at all.

You can incorporate positive thinking in everyday life by choosing to react positively.

Yes... but how?

Sometimes we may think negatively about certain situations, specially if they appear to be problems or we are unsure about their outcome.

However, using positive thinking in everyday life is easier than you believe.

All that you need to do is to learn to replace your negative thoughts for positive ones, one thought at a time.


You can find loads of opportunities daily in which to apply positive thinking.

The key to use positive thinking in everyday life is to be aware of when negative thoughts come to you, and rather than running with the negative emotional response they create, choose to focus on a thought that makes you feel good.

Just be aware of your thoughts. Breathe deeply. Resolve to replace the negative thoughts for positive ones.

In "Infinite Possibilities" Mike Dooley explains how to use our thoughts and emotions to uncover our limiting beliefs, so that we can use our thoughts to create the life we want.

Examples of when you can use positive thinking everyday

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The following are possible (and common) scenarios of everyday life in which you can choose positive thinking:

  • There is a client you are dealing with and you are unsure about the outcome of the deal (for the matter, any person with whom you have to agree on something).

    Reject any thought of the possibility of the deal going wrong and instead think about the best possible outcome.

  • The traffic is heavy and it seems difficult to find a parking place. The usual thought you may have is "It's going to take me ages to park", or something on the line.

    Think instead that you will find a parking spot easily and quickly. Even "see" the parking place available for you.

  • Your computer is not working properly and you don't know why. The usual reaction: panic, anger, frustration. Rather, calm down and think that everything will be sorted out smoothly, even magically.

  • You may think: "I won't have time today to do all that I want to do", coupled with a feeling of stress and anxiety. Instead, relax and think "I will have all the time I need today to do all that I want to do".

Although the thinking shift given in the examples above may appear "too easy" or even silly to you, it works. With each thought you have you are literally re-creating your present and your future anew.

If you are a Christian you may want to have a way to use positive thinking in everyday life that combines your Christian beliefs.

In that case, you may like to check Norman Vincent Peale's "The power of positive thinking", which is a Christian version of positive thinking.

The key

key on hand

The key to use positive thinking in everyday life is to be aware of when negative thoughts are developing in your mind.

Otherwise it is really easy to slip into "default mode" and react negatively.

A good book

You may find it easier to apply positive thinking in everyday life with an inspiring book on positive thinking that you can carry with you (Joe Vitale's "Life's missing instruction manual" is a good one).

You can read a few pages while you queue at the supermarket, in the public transport, whenever you have to wait, or when you have a break at work.

Reading a few pages of a positive thinking book every day will make it easier for you to maintain a positive attitude.

"What happens to a man is less significant
than what happens within him"

Louis Mann

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