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How Positive Thinking Can Enhance Your Relationships
Being human means constantly searching for connection and intimacy with those around us – from romantic relationships to familial bonds and even to the deep friendships that you enjoy. They’re key to us leading satisfying and happy lives because these are our main sources of emotional and psychological support.
Simply put, our mental health and wellbeing are both heavily dependent on the relationships that we have with others.
Ideal relationships, though, are oftentimes hard to achieve. Social media has given us an extremely rosy and unrealistic picture while our fast-paced lifestyles leave us unable to form deep connections with others.
This is why many of us are stuck in a seemingly never-ending cycle of mediocre romantic relationships or why some families aren’t as close as they should be. In the end, these kinds of relationships leave long-lasting negative effects on us, making us feel frustrated, angry, and overwhelmed by the lack of meaningful connections that we have.
Positive thinking, however, can change all that.
Here are a few tips on how to change your mindset into a more positive one so you can enhance and improve your relationships with others.
Be Grateful For Everything
Many of us have experienced a bad relationship; it left us feeling small, insignificant, and worthless. Additionally, the toxic environment, as well as the trauma, still remain with us and we find ourselves unable to form relationships with others out of fear that the same thing will happen again.
However, it’s important to acknowledge the individuals who did stick by us, those who helped us through whatever complicated situation we were in, and those who sacrificed so much for our happiness.
Bad relationships are unavoidable but you shouldn’t let them define you. Rather, let yourself focus on the people whom you should be grateful for.
Protip: Don’t wallow in the pain of a bad relationship. Instead, put all your energy remembering and recognizing the people who helped you get through it. Thinking only positive thoughts about a relationship – even a bad one – will allow you to heal and move on faster
Prioritize And Care About Yourself
Listen, there’s nothing wrong with putting others before yourself but there’s a point when it becomes too much. Don’t try to be as selfless as Mother Teresa or the Pope because constantly neglecting yourself in a bid to be unselfish will only do more harm than good. Not only will it have a negative impact on your self-image and self-esteem, but it will also result in people only using you for their own gains.
Protip: Caring about yourself isn’t a bad thing at all. If you want to enter relationships where the other person won’t put you last, then you should prioritize yourself, your feelings, and your wellbeing too.
Keep Negative Thoughts At Bay
Having positive thoughts means constantly feeling happy, content, and at peace, which will allow those around you to also feel the same way. Think about it – do you really want to spend time with someone who won’t stop moaning and groaning about their lives? Who constantly complains about even the smallest of inconveniences? Who approaches everything with sighs, grumbles, and whines?
Protip: Strive to always have a positive mindset, as well as an optimistic approach to life. You’ll find that the people existing in your orbit are those who have positive attitudes and the same perspectives too.
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Positive thoughts will undoubtedly lead to more satisfying and fulfilling relationships. If the only ones you’ve ever had in your life are toxic and bad ones, then take a good hard look at yourself. Are you allowing the negativity, trauma, and toxicity to take over your life?
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