Think Positively: Your New Year's Resolution

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Think Positively: Your New Year's Resolution

Let's face it, most people are not realistic with their New Year's resolutions.  However, I have a resolution you may be able to keep without breaking the bank or your back which could yield huge results in improving your mental health. Think positively! That's right. Think positively.

Here are some ways to accomplish that. All you have to do is everytime you begin down that path of negative thinking, stop for a moment, reflect on your negative thoughts and reframe them to a positive frame of reference. Our Adult ADHD blogger, Liz Prager, shares a technique called "Thought Stopping" to help you accomplish this. Using a thought log can also help you stem the tide of negative thinking.

Another self-help tool, affirmations, can help build self-esteem, which leads to more positive thinking. Our "Best Mental Health Quotes" on Pinterest may be another helpful tool to assist in accomplishing that.

Humor, Smiling and Thinking Positively

Think Positively: Your New Year's ResolutionLighten up a bit. Enjoy humor. Be open to recognizing the potential humor in a situation. It can lessen your stress and brighten your outlook. And smile a lot. If you're not used to smiling, in the beginning, you may have to force yourself to smile to get in the habit of smiling.

Finally, I want to stress the importance of optimism in relation to thinking positively. To put it lightly, it is challenging to live with a mental health condition. There are symptoms and medications to deal with. It affects the ability to get and keep a job as well as important relationships. But if you are working on managing your mental health, there's plenty of reason to feel optimistic. Congratulate yourself for that. Give yourself credit for moving in a positive direction. In fact, when things go right in your life, don't forget to give yourself credit for that. And they don't have to be huge accomplishments. Give yourself a pat on the back daily if you can for even the small things you are achieving.

Practice these things every day to get in the habit of thinking positively. If you can reach the goal of thinking positively in 2014, I have a feeling it's going to be a great year.  All of us at wish that for you.

(For additional help, read this article on "Positive Thinking: Focusing on the Positive." You'll find more ideas on how to change negative depressing thoughts and think positively.)

Your Thoughts

Today's Question: What one thing would make a big difference in your mental health recovery efforts in 2014? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page.

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Stand Up for Mental Health

Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign

But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.

Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


Is My Teen College Ready Or College Unready?

Is my high school senior ready for living away at college next year? The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield, shares some signs that your high school senior is not ready for living away at college.

Latest Mental Health News

These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:

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  • Marijuana Use Linked To Schizophrenic-Related Brain Changes
  • FDA Approves First Generic Versions Of Antidepressant Drug Cymbalta
  • Diabetes Blamed For Brain Neurochemical Abnormalities In Bipolar Disorder
  • Rich Club Disconnectivity May Be ‘Core’ Schizophrenia Feature
  • Bipolar Disorder Patients Hold Contradictory Self-Associations
  • Quitting Cannabis Improves Psychosis Treatment Adherence
  • Marker For Inflammatory Bowel Disease Linked To Bipolar Disorder
  • Teenager’s Sentence in Fatal Drunken-Driving Case Stirs ‘Affluenza’ Debate
  • Listening Skills, Reapplied
  • DSM-5 Mania Duration Criterion Questioned

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2013, December 30). Think Positively: Your New Year's Resolution, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 19 from

Last Updated: September 3, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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