Choose your thoughts wisely and avoid these effects of negative thinking
At times, we all have a negative attitude as a consequence of letting ourselves go through negative thoughts.
It is easier to complain than to make an effort to see the positive side of everything.
However, if we were more aware of the effects of negative thinking, both in the moment and in the long run, we would surely choose differently.
Negative thoughts are caused by ingrained patterns related to our own beliefs: about self-esteem, security, money, people, life, and everything else.
For instance, you may have thought at some point that life is difficult. Then, whenever you felt that life was being difficult, your thought was reinforced and grew on to being a belief.
By now, you may be 42 and fully believe that life is difficult, as you've made a habit of believing that.
However, it is never too late to start discovering yourself and what your thoughts tend to default to.
Self-knowledge and self-understanding surely take time, but the rewards are enormous. You will start seeing the picture of your life much clearer as you understand what beliefs cause you to think in a negative way.
These are some of the most common effects of negative thinking:
One of the serious effects of thinking negatively is that it causes physical illnesses and disease, as explained by Eckhart Tolle in 'Practicing the power of now' and Louise Hay in 'You can heal your life'.
In fact, Louise Hay states that ingrained negative thoughts and negative feelings that are not released can even cause cancer.
Switching to positive thoughts is just a matter of making a conscious effort. To get rid of negative thoughts you need not fight them, but rather replace them for positive ones, just like you can replace the beliefs that don't serve you for those that do serve you.
"Little minds... are subdued by misfortune... Great minds rise above them."