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Changing Negatives to Positives 

By Dan McKinnon

Do you ever recall a time when you felt so down that it almost seemed like nothing could bring you out of the depths of your depression? It felt as though although life was moving forward, but you were moving in reverse? Often depression can be a very powerful force to reckon with. If positive action is not taken, depression can take over and sacrifice your quality of life.

Learning to see the positive side of things during a negative experience can be difficult. This is especially true if you are the type of person prone to depression. Learning how to deal with negative emotions in a productive manner can help you develop personal development skills that will last a lifetime.

As many of us know, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of the depths of depression when you feel as though nothing will help. This is when it is essential to realize everything you have going for you.

Focusing more on what you have, as oppose to what you do not sets you on the right track towards success. When you focus on negative thoughts, guess what? Yup, that is what your life becomes, negative.

This is when you have to think to yourself what is being accomplished by thinking this way? Are you benefiting anything from thinking this way? If the answer is no, then ask yourself why are you doing it?

Did you know that by thinking negatively you are not only hindering your mental well being, but your physical well being? When you think negatively there is a change in the body physically and mentally, which can directly affect your quality of life and your happiness.

Studies have shown that people who have a history of depression are more prone to thinking negative thoughts. Over time this can change the chemistry in the brain and affect the serotonin levels. Serotonin levels are known for promoting mental well being and give us a feeling of contentment.

Positive thoughts can also directly affect brain chemistry. The more positive your thoughts are the more likely it is that you will do what you set out to do. This is because there is an influx in the serotonin levels in the brain.

Serotonin levels have been shown to be linked to mood. Therefore, the more positive and productive your thoughts are the better you will feel about yourself from within.

Often your confidence is also affected and everyone knows when you feel better you also tend to look better. Having confidence is one of those things you cannot fake, no matter how hard you try. So by starting with how you think and changing those negative thoughts to more positive and productive thoughts the more confidence you will build in yourself.

Learning how to change thoughts takes time, but the more practice you put into this exercise the more positive your life will become. The same philosophy holds true to this exercise as do many things in life. Sometimes the more difficult decisions are what are best for us. Even though they take time, these choices are well worth it in the end.

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