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The Real Effects of Negative Thinking

Life isn’t always easy. Yet, we make life more challenging with negative thinking. The influence of negative thoughts is far-reaching. There’s no part of your life that it escapes. It affects you mentally, emotionally, and physically. It limits your ability to achieve and to enjoy life. There are reasons why pessimists are so miserable.



There are 2 primary effects that negative thinking has on your life:

1. It has a negative impact on your mood and outlook on life. Negative thinking feels bad. Thinking negative thoughts can make you feel sad, afraid, angry, hopeless, and negative in general. These emotions taint the way you view the world and have a deleterious effect on your ability to make wise decisions. 2. Negative thinking inhibits your ability to achieve goals. For any objective, you have things pulling you toward your goal and other things pushing you away. When you think negative thoughts about achieving a goal, you’re much less able to accomplish it. Imagine you’d like to take a trip to Hong Kong. This has always been a goal of yours. But then you start thinking about it: “It’s so far away, the jetlag will be awful. I’ll probably spend half of the trip just recovering.”


“The language is so different from English. How will I manage?” “I should spend the money on something else.” “I’ll lose a lot of money exchanging currency.”

“I’ve heard Chinese prisons are the worst in the world. What if I break some weird law I don’t even know about?”

All of a sudden, that dream trip to Hong Kong doesn’t sound so dreamy anymore. Negative thinking makes goals seem harder than they are in reality. These two negative effects are pervasive. They influence your entire life. But, there are additional consequences as well. More Negative Effects

1. Negative thinking has other consequences that limit your capabilities: 2. It’s damaging to your health. The stress caused by negative thinking is horrible for your health. 3. It lowers your self-esteem. When you think you’re ugly, fat, and stupid, you can’t feel very good about yourself. 4. It reduces your confidence. Negative thoughts about yourself lower your self-confidence. Negative thoughts about others make you less confident in their abilities. Your negative thinking can impact everyone around you. 5. It saps your energy. Negative thinking is exhausting and saps your resources.

Would you like to be calmer and have a more positive mind?


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Luckily, there are ways to limit your negative thoughts and bring in positivity each day: 1. Check yourself throughout the day for negative thoughts. Use a timer and perform a check every 15 minutes. Check yourself during your regular daily activities:


Lying in bed Shower Driving to work Work Lunch And so on 2. When you notice a negative thought, change it to one that’s more positive. For example, you can change the thought, “I hate driving to work and I hate the traffic” to “I am so lucky to be able to have this car that gets me from A to B without even walking! Driving sure beats taking the bus. I can listen to my music as loudly as I like.” 3. Get into the habit of thinking positive thoughts. Before doing any task, take 15 seconds and think a few positive thoughts about it. The task will be easier and more enjoyable. 4. Spend more time with positive people. It’s unlikely that you’ll rise far above the people you spend the most time with. Ensure that the people around you are positive and help to uplift you.


5. Change your Body Language. Put your shoulders back, chest out, head in the air and smile, this tricks your bodies nervous system into thinking it is having a great time and releases lots of feel good and repair hormones. Essential for your health and happiness.



Reducing the incidences of negative thinking is one of the most effective ways to spend your time and enhance your life. Negative thoughts can harm your happiness, success, and health. Spend time to ensure that your thoughts are supportive and positive and turn your life around.

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Miembro desconocido
12 sept 2021

Hi Jess. You have warned me before about negative thinking and for quite some while now I have applied what you preach. I definitely feel uplifted. I always have lots of tasks in hand, but many were not getting done because of low mood from negative thinking. I pushed myself to start on these tasks and not only is it enjoyable carrying out the task, but seeing the end result is also up lifting. If these tasks require expending energy, this itself will boost mood.

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Miembro desconocido
12 sept 2021
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Hello! Yes that is so true, sometimes the best thing to do is just getting on and doing something, in this way we get a massive reward which then spurs us on to further get on with life. When you manage to abolish negative thinking, even if only for a few hours, the world literally feels like it opens up and anything is possible! Thanks for the comment x

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