Is the glass half empty? Is it half full? Or is it refillable? How you look at that proverbial glass reveals a lot about your overall outlook, and the metaphor has been used for years as a indicator of one’s positive thinking. While its founder is unknown, National Positive Thinking Day will take place on September 13, and we thought we would talk a little about the subject, since a positive mindset is a healthy mindset and, as you all know by now (😊), the TUNG Brush and Gel team is all about being healthy!

As children, our parents and teachers all used the story of a train to teach us the concept of positive thinking – each of us remembers The Little Engine that Could and how its optimism and hard work allowed it to pull the rest of the train over what was thought to be an insurmountable mountain.

The meme “I think I can” became the mantra to combat negative thoughts.  But just saying you can is easier said than done. If you tend to be a Negative Nellie, how can you change your way of thinking? It is important to try, because research has proven that not only will you feel better about yourself and your surroundings, you will project that positivity to those around you and will actually be healthier than if you maintain your Debbie Downer attitude. In fact, if you are ill, you will have a better chance of recovery if you are positive! So what do you have to lose?

Here are some simple ways to get your thoughts going in the right direction…

Steps to Positive Thinking

  1. Use positive language about and to yourself.
  2. Remember that turning around your mindset can’t happen overnight.
  3. Make a fuss over your own progress. Compliment yourself for a day well-spent, for a job well-done, even if your ultimate goals have not yet been achieved.
  4. Don’t beat yourself up. Remember, you are human. So if your day hasn’t been so terrific, rather than complain about how horrible it was, tell yourself tomorrow will be better.
  5. Don’t forget your past, but learn from it. Remember “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
  6. Be your own best cheerleader, but let your family and friends be on your cheer team.

The former principal of an elementary school in Sarasota, Florida used to start each day with a directive to the children.  After she made all of the day’s announcements over the loudspeaker, she said “So, boys and girls, have a good day or not…the choice is yours.” Not far afield from the writings of an unknown author who said “it takes just a moment to change your attitude. And, in that quick moment, you can change your entire day.”

So go ahead – make National Positive Thinking Day the first day of the rest of your happy and healthy life! Wake up on September 13, bounce out of bed knowing that you can conquer the day, brush your teeth, clean your tongue and get out there with a smile!