How To Become Totally Positive – Right Now!

The best and quickest way to improve your life is simple: just think more positively.

You’ve probably heard this many times before. And you’re probably thinking, “That’s a great idea, but in the real world it’s much easier said than done.”

It’s true; like a lot of things in life, becoming a “positive” person is an idea that is simple but not necessarily easy. The goal of this brief article is to give you a few simple and practical techniques that will help you make positive thinking an automatic and permanent part of your life.

Positive Thinking is Critically Important

Your thought patterns have a huge influence over every aspect of your life. Your thoughts determine your personality, the quality of your relationships, your financial success, your physical health, and much more.

You probably have an idea of the power of your thoughts. The fact that you’re reading this indicates you know it’s important. But if you’re like most people, you still grossly underestimate the powerful physiological effects your thoughts can have.

For example, by simply thinking of biting into a juicy, yellow lemon you can make your mouth water. That’s just a small example of how a thought can create chemical changes in the body.

The fact is that your thoughts greatly influence much more important things than saliva production. Science has shown that positive thoughts increase your white blood cell count which helps you fight infection and disease. In a study recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers at the University of Wisconsin proved that people who practice positive thinking are better equipped to fight disease.

In the study, a team of neuroscientists used electroencephalography to measure brain activity and then gave all the subjects flu shots. What they found is that positive thinking individuals had a significantly stronger immune response than those who exhibited more a negative thought patterns. The bottom line: positive thinking can make you not only happier but healthier as well.

How Do You Become a Positive Thinker?

If you currently have habitual negative thought patterns – and most everyone does – you can learn to eliminate them and replace them with positive thought habits. But it won’t happen on its own. You have to make a conscious decision to make a change. Once you do that – and with the help of a few simple techniques – it’s actually pretty easy to become totally positive.

Here are a few simple techniques you can start using right now:

Smile and Let the Tail Wag the Dog

Being happy can make you smile. But does it also work the other way? Can smiling make you happy?

Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco have discovered that mimicking the facial expressions associated with such emotions as happiness, sadness, and anger can trigger some of the same physical changes produced by actually feeling these emotions. By measuring an array of biometrics – such as heart rate, body temperature, and the electrical resistance of the skin – they demonstrated that simply smiling made the body “happy.” Apparently moving facial muscles sends signals to the autonomic nervous system, which controls certain muscle and gland activity. This, in turn, spurs the physical reactions. So, smile and you’ll be happy!

Create a Triggering Mechanism for Yourself

Now try your own smiling experiment. Put a big smile on your face right now. You may have to force it at first but do it anyway and see what happens. It’s okay if you feel silly. Let the silliness make you smile even more.

As you smile, think of anytime in the past when you felt very happy, joyful and positive. We’ve all had experiences in our lives when we have felt very positive. Let yourself replay some of those positive moments right now. Let yourself relive feelings of being positive and confident. Continue to smile. Release all cares and concerns and with a big smile on your face, feel yourself becoming more and more positive and carefree.

As your positive feelings continue to build, press the thumb and middle finger of either hand together gently but firmly, and say to yourself “I am positive!” Again, while you’re feeling very positive, press your thumb and middle finger together and say “I am positive!”

You have just programmed yourself with a mechanism that you can use to trigger these same positive thoughts and feeling anytime you choose. Practice this frequently and soon you’ll notice that you can have a positive attitude in any situation merely by pressing your thumb and middle finger together and saying “I am positive!”

Choose Your Words Carefully

What you say and the words you choose are very important to maintaining a positive perspective and eliciting positive outcomes.

For example, consider the word “don’t”. If you call out to a child “Don’t slam the door!” what’s the next sound we usually hear? Bam!! That’s right, the door slamming. It’s as if the child didn’t hear the “don’t.” Only the positive part of the statement got through: “Slam the door!” However, if you say “Close the door softly,” the child will be much more likely to comply.

Another dangerous word is “can’t.” People often say I can’t lose weight, or I can’t quit smoking, or I can’t remember names. The more they say that, the more it becomes reality. From now on, let the use of that word be like a red light flashing as a warning that this is negative programming that can create false limitations. Don’t let this word rob you of your true potential.

Eject Negative Self-Talk

More important than the words you say to others are the words you say to yourself. We all have an inner voice that reflects our subconscious thinking. Unfortunately, a lot of our self-talk is negative. For example: “I’ll never be able to do it”, or “I’ll never understand it”, or “I’m not smart enough”, or “If something can go wrong, it will”.

To eliminate negative self-talk you must first become aware of it. What are the things that you say to yourself that limit your potential? The moment you become aware of the negativity eject it! You can eject it just as easily as you can eject a tape from a tape deck.

To make that ejection more vivid, you can press your index finger against your thumb, or against a table or a dashboard, as if you’re pressing a button, and at the same time emphatically say “EJECT!” Then immediately replace the negative with a positive such as “I can!” Over time, repeating this simple physical action will go a long way to helping you become totally positive.

Train Your Brain through Meditation

Research has shown that meditation increases activity in the left prefrontal cortex; the same area of the brain that scientists associate with positive thinking. And people who meditate regularly are typically found to be more positive and healthier than the population in general. So learn how to meditate – and practice it often. You’ll train your brain to use its positive thinking centers more readily and quickly become a more positive person.

Remind Yourself of What’s Important

A friend of ours who is a salesman and who’s away from his home and family more than he’d like to be, told us about a tape he put together that never fails to lift his spirits. The tape consists of a series of messages from the most important people in his life: his wife, his father, his kids, and his closest friend. On his tape, each of these people says, in his or her own words, how important this man is to them. They say what they like, admire, and respect about him. They say how much they appreciate him, love him, and miss him when he’s away. He says that after a tough sales call, or anytime he needs a lift, he plays that tape and instantly he feels very fortunate, very happy, and has greater sense of self-worth. It puts everything back in its proper perspective, and gives him renewed strength and a very positive attitude. Perhaps you could benefit from creating a similar tape of your own.

Wash Away Negativity with a Powerful Visualization

Another technique for feeling totally positive is called the funnel of energy. It’s a simple visualization exercise that can take less than a minute, but it makes you feel great.

Here’s how you do it. Imagine there’s a funnel of positive energy flowing in through the top of your head. This positive energy comes from the purist, highest, most divine source of energy in the universe. It makes you feel more alive, stronger, more aware and alert. The moment it enters your body you sense its positive, loving, healing effect. You feel it cleansing you of negativity. Washing away any past negative programming you have experienced.

It’s dissolving all the old fears, the old inhibitions, the old limitations. Feel this positive, loving, healing energy washing away all negative thoughts, images and feelings. Feel it releasing your inner strength. The energy continues to flow in, through your shoulders, arms and hands, your chest, your back, abdomen, hips, legs and feet, reaching every part of your body dissolving all negativity. It’s converting your entire body to healthful positive energy. Imagine all the negativity flowing out of your hands and feet leaving your body filled with only the purest positive energy. If feels so good to free yourself from negativity, it feels so good to be totally positive.

Practice this visualization any time you’d like. Allow the visualization to last as long as you need to feel revived and purged of all negativity. It’s great any time you need a lift.

Welcome Life’s Obstacles – Adversity is Opportunity

Life throws each of us a lot of curves. No one goes through life without problems, or without running into obstacles. And some of these problems or obstacles can be huge. But what’s really important is how we face these obstacles. If we think negatively, we can be overwhelmed, give up or become ineffective in dealing with them. But there is a much better way to handle them. We can choose to look for something positive in the situation. We can choose to consider it a blessing in disguise – even if we have no idea what that blessing might be.

We can look for an advantage or opportunity in any situation. As Richard Bach points out in his book Illusions, “There is no such thing as a problem without a gift in its hands.” And the Chinese word for crisis is written with two characters. One of them means opportunity.

Many of our students have become so positive that when an unexpected problem arises they automatically say “Oh good!” They then immediately start looking for the opportunity presented by the situation. And they inevitably find it. This can work for you, too.

Learning to deal successfully with obstacles can help you live a more fulfilling life. As Booker T. Washington said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the positions that we have reached in life, as by the obstacles which we have overcome while trying to succeed.”

Don’t Worry – Be Happy

In order to be totally positive, we need to know how to deal with worry. Every thought we have affects us physically as well as mentally, and worry can be very harmful. Dr. Charles Mayo said; “Worry affects circulation, the heart, the glands, the whole nervous system, and profoundly affects the health.”

Think about the process you go through when you worry. In your mind you picture a negative end result. It takes no effort or willpower; you just dwell on it. And in a short time this negative end result appears very real to you and you generate the same emotions that you’d experience if it really happened. You experience the same fear, anxiety, or discouragement. Consequently, you end up feeling bad right now for something that is merely a thought in your mind.

At the same time you are setting up patterns in your mind for future negative experiences. The more you worry, the more you train your mind to expect bad things. Even if your “problem” never manifests itself, the worry takes its toll through immediate discomfort and the harmful effects of excessive stress.

It’s said that worry is interest paid in advance on a debt you may never owe. And Mark Twain put it this way; “I’ve had a lot of troubles in my day – most of which never happened.” So, most worry is useless. You’re better off ejecting it.

But you can take the same process you use to worry, change just one thing, and it can help you immensely. Instead of imagining a negative end result, imagine a positive one! This, too, takes very little effort or willpower. Just dwell on that positive end result and in no time at all you’ll be generating the emotions that are associated with that experience. You’ll feel great immediately as a result of something that is merely a thought in your mind. You’ll feel joy, happiness, and self-confidence. Plus, you’ll be setting up patterns in your mind for future positive experiences.

So make the worry process work for you rather than against you. Get into the habit of expecting good things.

Start Today

There are many other things you can do to become more positive, but this handful of ideas is a great start. Begin today and you’ll soon realize what a tremendous impact they’ll have on your life.

Good Digestive Health – Beneficial Bacteria Are Essential For Improved Digestive System

Most of us think that all bacteria are harmful to the human body; but the truth is that there are harmful bacteria as well as the beneficial ones. In fact the beneficial or friendly bacteria are essential for good digestive health and general well-being.

The good bacteria and the bad guys live in the intestines. Too many bad bugs lead to health problems such as indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, boating, gas and many others. On the other hand if the good guys outnumber the bad ones, then you would be sure to have better digestive health, which would in turn, affect your overall health positively.

The good bugs are also called intestinal micro-flora; they help to promote digestion and efficient removal of waste materials, thus clearing the intestines of obstructions.

You can increase the number of the friendly bacteria in your system by taking probiotics foods or supplements – this is why a lot of people are taking yogurt today. The probiotics in these supplements or foods are the same as the micro-flora naturally found in your colon.

However, taking foods or supplements that contain probiotics is not enough. Why? Because, they are not self-sustaining, they will die off without food. So, this brings us to the role of prebiotics.

Prebiotics also known as dietary fibers are what the good bacteria feed on. When the fibers ferment in the colon, they serve as a breeding ground for probiotics, thus ensuring their sustainability and multiplication.

The best part is that prebiotics also inhibit the multiplication of the bad bacteria. The bad bacteria are responsible for most of the diseases that affect people today. They attach themselves on the wall of the colon and compromise the immune system and could even lead to the growth cancerous polyps.

The unfortunate thing is that most often, we are the ones that feed the bad bacteria by eating the wrong foods. Fatty foods and refined sugar are not only bad for the arteries or heart, but also promote the reproduction of the harmful bacteria.

These foods also clog the colon, thereby causing sluggish digestive system among many other health issues. So if you want to enjoy excellent digestive health and improved general wellness, you should always eat healthy diet of mainly fruits, vegetable and whole grains.

Adding a quality prebiotic supplement is also highly recommended because it may be difficult for a lot of people to eat the right portions of prebiotic foods every day. But you should really start by cutting down on your sugar and fats intake – that will certainly help to boost your digestive health.

Peculiarities of Behavioral Health Jobs

Working with individuals in behavioral health jobs has its advantages and disadvantages. Many different job opportunities exist in this area, but there are a wide range of disorders, illnesses, and situations which those employed in the health sector must deal with on a regular basis. Perhaps the best thing that anyone who’s employed in this field can do for themselves is take a step back, realize that you’re truly helping those who need assistance, and be prepared for anything that comes.

Dealing with Behaviors:
One of the peculiarities of jobs in behavioral health is working with and dealing with a variety of behaviors. For example, working with young children means that you may be exposed to autism spectrum disorders, behavioral conduct disorders, and a wide range of other issues common to youth. Exposure to these types of problems inevitably leads to experiencing anger outbursts and communication problems just to name a couple issues.

Adult Disorders and Illnesses:
Aside from the issues found in young children and even adolescents, a major experience is dealing with peculiarities in behavioral health jobs working with adults. Adults can experience many different types of mental disorders and illnesses, such as depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior or one of the many personality disorders such as narcissistic personality disorder. Depression and anxiety may lead to abnormal suicidal tendency behaviors which must be dealt with appropriately and personality disorders may lead you to confront a vast array of other symptoms from adults in your jobs in behavioral health, such as major mood swings and poor impulse control.

Another peculiarity that you may experience when working with children or adults, and especially on trauma units or in mental health treatment facilities, is the exacerbation of symptoms and behavioral problems during the full moon cycle. Though frequently dismissed as superstition, individuals in behavioral health jobs do, in fact, report that individuals with mental health and behavioral disorders do act worse around the time of a full moon.

Training Programs:
Fortunately, many training programs exist to help individuals overcome abnormal behaviors. In addition, these types of training programs enable you to work more effectively in behavioral health jobs as you have been taught proven techniques and methods for dealing with behavioral problems. For example, autism spectrum disorder specialists learn to work with kids on communication problems, conduct disorders, and relating to friends and family members.

Several mental health training programs also teach you about the different range of behaviors you’ll experience while working in behavioral careers as well as how to deal with them. For example, an associate’s degree in mental health technology and or other crisis management certificate enables you to resolve emergency situations with individuals experiencing severe depression and suicidal tendencies or thoughts. You’ll learn stress management techniques and how to diffuse an emergency situation among other things.

As you can see, there are many peculiarities and situations that you may have to deal with when working in behavioral health positions. However, many people experience great internal satisfaction by helping to resolve these types of problems and aiding those who need behavioral training or extra care. Attending a training program to further your education in one of these fields, though, gives you extra knowledge and the right skills needed to work successfully in behavioral health careers.

Health And The 5 F’s

What’s more important to life and vitality than health? If it’s not the most important factor of longevity, it’s one of the most important. Health is not only about one’s physical well-being. It’s also important regarding mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial stability, among others as well.

Some things contribute to health (positively or negatively) while others depend on the condition of health and/or are a result of the condition of health.

Consider the 5 F’s: Food, fitness, finances, fulfillment, and fun.


What is consumed, which is often called food, has a direct effect as well as an indirect effect on one’s physical health. When considering that the word food can be used metaphorically in many different ways, it is why the word consumed was used. Metaphorically, what we seek, read, see and hear are also forms of food to a similar extent that gasoline is food for an automobile.

Regardless if it’s literally or figuratively food, its quality or lack thereof has a major effect on health.


Like food, fitness applies to more than the physical. At the very least it also applies to mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial.

A case could also be made that fitness and health are one and the same. However, it’s probably more accurate to say that it’s a key factor that includes other factors. In this case, at least one of the other factors is food.

Together, food and fitness are two important components that affect health.


The reason this is the third of the 5 F’s is because it is central to what the 5 F’s are. Finances can be and often are both affected by health as well as to affect health.

One’s health condition can and often does affect one’s finances, especially one’s ability to earn an income. On the other hand, the condition of one’s finances can and often does have an effect on one’s health. It’s a double-edge sword.


The word is synonymous with completion. The completion can be anything from a simple task to a lifetime dream. The probability or ability of fulfillment becoming a reality can also depend largely on health as well as have an effect on one’s health.

Finances often play a key role in the ability to fulfill. Fulfillment may also contribute to financial health.


Do fulfillment and fun have an effect on one another? Does fun or lack thereof affect health? Does health or lack thereof affect fun? The answer to all is probably yes.

The 5 F’s as a whole are cyclical and affect or are affected by each of the F’s as well as life itself. They may not be the only keys to health, nor are they the only result of good health, but they are integral to one another and to health as a whole.

A healthy person is probably more financially fit, probably more apt to live a fulfilling and fun life, and more apt to remain healthy.