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Why Positive Self-Talk is Important to Lead a Happy Life

Ketki Dongare
We, most of the times, are aware of our subconscious or inner voice talking or running a commentary throughout the day into the night. Helpful, guiding, funny, or negative and biased, these inner monologues are termed as ‘Self-Talk’.

What Is Positive Self-Talk?

Positive self-talks are not just reassuring, but motivating in our day-to-day life. It’s a subconsciously created pattern that we choose to see the ‘bright’ side of everything.

The Root Source of Negative Self-Talk

Being under the critic's radar since childhood, our inner voice is subjected to develop negativity. This constant analysis results in fuelling our minds with guilt, self-doubt, sadness, anger, rage, and depression. These emotions tend to trigger 'Negative Self-Talk'.

How to Differentiate Between Positive and Negative Self-Talk?

A feeling of unhappiness or a discomfort with our thoughts, if evolved, is an outcome of Negative Self-Talk. They tend to be misguiding and create self-doubt.
Whereas Positive Self-Talk is assuring, encouraging and sympathetic, which allows us to nurture the non-success of an event or any kind of dejection, if endeavored.

Importance of Positive Self-Talk

A positive self-talk benefits the well-being of our mind, body, and soul.

With thoughtful understanding, it encourages us to do things better by enhancing our performance and magnifying the scope of thinking.
For one, we are happy and content in life.
  • Eliminates stress and anxiety
  • Directly results on positive and optimistic thoughts
  • Increases endurance level
  • Allows in making better judgments towards critical situations
  • Boosts self confidence

How to Inculcate Positive Self-Talk in Daily Life

At Home:

‘I look so fat in this shirt’ or ‘This dress is making me look unflattering’.

Instead why not say, ‘I will start going for a run from today’ or ‘I better start working out more often’.

At Office:

'This work is so complicated’ or ‘I’ve never done it before’.

An alternative way to say, ‘Let me work this out with a new perspective’ or ‘I will take this opportunity to learn something new’.

At Social Events:

'I don’t know why no one talks to me' or 'I better stay quiet or I’ll make a fool of myself'.

Take charge and say, 'I will take the first step and strike a conversation' or 'I need to put my point across, irrespective of what others think'.

The Realization Point

When you notice a sudden change in your attitude and body language, that is a major tipping point to begin a positive self-talk.

Tips to Practice Positive Self-Talk

  • Meditate and calm the mind regularly.

  • Analyze the occurrence of your negative self talks and thoughts.
  • Keep a check on your inner voice and thoughts.
  • Talk positively with everyone.
  • Don’t compare yourself with others.
  • Indulge in recreational activities you have never done before.
  • Encourage and motivate yourself every time.

A Word From a Legend

"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life a champion'." - Muhammad Ali