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The Truth About Positive Thinking (and how to get there)

The Truth About Positive Thinking (and how to get there)

On my path from a negative place in my life to positive thinking, I must thank the bad times. Those challenges spurred me into a transformation.

The truth about my path to positive thinking and living is this: I wouldn’t be where I am without the bad times. By accepting the negative, not rejecting it, by understanding the negative, not being ignorant of it, and by growing from the negative, not being stunted by it, I have changed for the better. As a result of this shift, I’ve been able to experience the real Power of Positivity in my life.

“There is nothing either good or bad, but our thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Correcting Course: Shifting from a Negative Place into a Life of Positive Thinking

Accepting the “Negative”

“Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu, Chinese Philosopher, Founder of Taoism

First, I had to accept the negative and not reject or ignore it. The fact is my life was, and is, imperfect, and our lives are imperfect. The key is accepting these thoughts, feelings, and events without judgment and self-criticism.

  • When I experience loss, I allow my heart to ache and the tears to flow.
  • I feel the anxiety and frustration when I experience disappointment.
  • When someone upsets me, I feel the anger and the resentment.

It’s human – we feel these things.

The key is not holding onto these emotions. Just feel them, allow them to pass, and move on. If you don’t give too much credence to any given feeling, they cannot grab ahold of you. Again, just move on.

In truly accepting the situation, I subsequently got rid of one of the most significant sources of unhappiness–the inability to accept things as they are. This inability is the crux of sadness for many people. But I realized that I could change my outlook by merely recognizing that the present is the only thing that exists.

  • By embracing the present situation, we steel our minds and bodies for action. We take on a warrior’s mentality – ready to take our blows, but never conceding defeat.
  • By accepting the negative things that happen, we can now begin to understand why they happen and how we can experience incredible growth and power as a result.

Allow and accept the bad things to happen. It’s not easy, but it’s a part of life and a crucial component to your growth as a human being.

Understanding the “Negative”

“Acceptance doesn’t mean resignation; it means understanding that something is what it is and that there’s got to be a way through it.” – Michael J. Fox

Understanding the bad things that happen to us is a crucial element in accepting them. Also, without understanding the negative, we could never take advantage of the situation and become a better person.

I began to understand the negative situation as temporary. In time, bad things that brought on negativity would pass. Even if it were a massive, looming problem, it would end soon.

Next, I began to understand how to deal with these adverse events in my life. I learned that to understand situations wholly. I had to deal with them without judgment or criticism of myself. Self-deprecation does nothing but add to the stress in making the situation more complicated.

Also,  I began to understand that what I was experiencing had to be truly resolved. As humans, our nature immediately desires to either get rid of or ignore bad feelings and thoughts. However, by ignoring the negative, we are making it worse. The stress grows and takes its place within our subconscious, darkening our disposition.

I began to understand the bad thoughts and feelings as the energy that needed to be released. We were not created to be negative beings with darkness in our hearts. We must release this negative energy and allow goodness to fill its void. By releasing this negative energy, I eventually understood and appreciated the gratification of positive energy taking its place.

Flipping the Mindset from Negative to Positive

I began to understand that my frame of mind determines just how detrimental a situation is, and what I’m going to gain as a result. Instead of thinking of the situation as a problem, I began to think of it as an opportunity; an opportunity to become stronger, wiser, and more resilient.

In addition, I began to understand the power of reframing. This process explained how I could reprogram my mind to switch negative words into positive words, and a negative situation into a more favorable situation. If you can transform your thoughts and language, you will see the scenario differently and experience dramatically different results.

Finally, I understand that in order to experience and appreciate the positives, there have to be negatives. I’ve been through the struggle, turned problems into opportunities, and became a better person. I continue to be mindful of this fact every day.

Growing from the “Negative”

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

Through my trials and tribulations, I have grown into a better version of myself. I have transformed in literally every area, all from first changing my thoughts and then taking action.

And this opportunity for growth is where the exquisite nature of our human mind and spirit culminates into something so positive and powerful that it causes the negative forces of our universe to shudder.

Sure… we’ll get hurt, disappointed, even shattered… but we can resolve to become better, stronger, more powerful, more loving, more appreciative, more positive people. In other words, we can take a hurtful situation and grow into a better version of ourselves.

Human beings are the only creatures on the face of the Earth that can consciously take a negative, harmful situation and mold it into something that benefits themselves and their world.

Through acceptance of the negative elements as they become present (even prevalent) in our lives, and by understanding that through the experience of the negative, we can grow into a better people, Furthermore, we learn that we have the capability and the courage to handle any situation.

Final Thoughts on Adopting a Mindset of Positive Thinking

We each have the power to handle the situation. Indeed, each of us can grow emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually every time.

So here’s to acceptance, understanding, and growth in becoming a more positive version of ourselves.


Get the Truth About CBD: 7 Little Known Facts About CBD

Get the Truth About CBD: 7 Little Known Facts About

Get the Truth About CBD: 7 Little Known Facts About CBD

Do you know how big the CBD or cannabidiol market will be by 2025?

According to experts, it could pull in anywhere from $15 to $20 billion in just 5 years, which isn’t surprising. Many industries seem keen on joining the CBD bandwagon, from pharmaceuticals to food and beverages to cosmetics, etc. 

Now, if you haven’t tried CBD products because you’re not sure if they really work, that’s understandable. You should know the facts about CBD before you incorporate it into your wellness routine.

That being said, let’s talk about some CBD facts so you can decide if it’s worth a try or not. 

1. It’s Available in Many Surprising Forms

Should you buy a CBD tincture, pills, or creams? 

You have tons of options when it comes to CBD products, but for quick results, your best bets are CBD liquids or tinctures that you can place under your tongue. You can also try vaping it. Just make sure you’re using a CBD vape juice for vaping or a CBD vape additive that you can mix into your e-juice. 

Aside from these forms, there are also CBD-infused products such as bath bombs, chocolates, gummies, and so on. If you like testing strange products, there’s a CBD mascara you can try, as well as a CBD hair pomade. Now, if those aren’t weird enough for you, you might want to get some CBD-infused toothpicks, CBD lube and suppositories, CBD-infused bedsheets and workout gear. 

2. CBD Could Help With Some Pet Issues

Humans and animals both have an endocannabinoid system, which is where CBD acts – either by preventing endocannabinoids from being broken down or binding to a receptor. The exact mechanism of how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid systems isn’t known yet.

What is known, however, is that because of this interaction, CBD can help with pain, nausea, and other conditions including anxiety and seizures. If you’re considering giving CBD to your pets, you can ask your vet about products specifically created for animals. These include CBD oils, liquids, treats, and more.

3. Some Celebrities Are Big Fans of CBD

Where did you first hear of the benefits of CBD? 

There’s a big chance you’ve read of some celebrity who has raved about its numerous benefits. These include A-listers such as Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, and so on. 

You don’t need to take a celebrity’s word for it though. The best way to know if it works for you is to give it a try. It’s relatively safe except for a few side effects.

4. There Are Some Side Effects to Consider

CBD or CBD oil products are often well-tolerated, but there are some side effects, as well as drug interactions you should take note of.

These include diarrhea, drowsiness, fatigue, rash, and decreased appetite. Some patients also reported elevated liver enzymes. Aside from these reactions, CBD can also interact with blood thinners, antibiotics, hypertension drugs, etc.

It’s important you consult a doctor before taking CBD, especially if you’re pregnant or taking other medications. 

5. You Need to Give Some CBD Products Time to Work

Let’s say your doctor has given you the go signal to try CBD, and you’ve opted to try CBD oil for migraines.

After a week, you don’t see any improvements and you’re thinking CBD isn’t as effective as advertised. Don’t give up on it yet. There are some reasons why CBD isn’t working for you.  

It could be because of quality issues. You have to get CBD from a reputable source.

Or maybe you just need to give it more time. It’s possible you haven’t found your “sweet spot” yet because the recommendation is to start with a low dosage first. Keep in mind that some people only saw a difference after using CBD for several weeks or even months.

6. There Is Only One FDA-Approved CBD Drug

With so many CBD products you can buy online and in-store, it comes as a surprise to some people that there’s only one CBD drug approved by the FDA.

Epidiolex is a prescription drug given to patients who have seizures caused by two forms of epilepsy: Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Its active ingredient is CBD and it is currently classified as a Schedule V drug. 

7. CBD Derived from Hemp Is Legal in All 50 States

CBD can come from both marijuana and hemp, but only CBD derived from the latter plant is legal. You should remember this as you don’t want to break any laws while buying CBD products.

This also applies to online purchases. You have to make sure the CBD products you’re ordering from an e-store, come from hemp and not marijuana.

Once you’re sure that it’s hemp-derived, you also want to check if you’re getting CBD oil and not hemp oil. One source of CBD oil is hemp leaves and flowers. Hemp oil, on the other hand, comes from hemp seed and can be devoid of CBD.

Other Facts About CBD That Might Surprise You

You probably already know that CBD cannot get you high, but it doesn’t mean it’s not psychoactive like its cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). The correct term to use is ‘non-intoxicating.’ That means it cannot produce that “high,” which you can get from smoking marijuana or using THC-infused products.

Don’t forget that CBD acts on the central nervous system, which is how it can affect mood and brain function. This makes CBD technically psychoactive.

Another thing you might find surprising about CBD is the fact that it could show up in a drug test. Some CBD products have trace amounts of THC, which a urinalysis could detect. If you’re worried about this, but still want to try CBD oil and other products, go for CBD isolate, a pure powder that contains 99% pure CBD.

Want to Know More About CBD?

Now that you know some facts about CBD, don’t stop there. Check out our other CBD articles for more information. 

We also have tons of posts on other topics including business, family, legal, home, and so on. Don’t forget to keep checking back as we add more articles you might find interesting.