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Positive Thinking

We all can get bogged down in negative thinking, waste time and energy in worry and fear. Why not make the most of life no matter what the stresses and challenges are? You can do that by changing your thinking. Cultivate a positive mental outlook and you’ll feel more energized and empowered, more peaceful when times get tough.

Our stories and positive thinking tips will help you build and maintain an optimistic attitude—and live a happier and more meaningful life.

Recent Positive Thinking Stories

The faces and voices may have changed, but this holiday tradition keeps family connected.

by Katie Allen Berlandi

How to be grateful everyday of your life

Being thankful for life's blessings is the key to a happier life. 

by Guideposts.org


Jefferson Bethke shares his own personal struggle with depression
Jefferson Bethke shares his own personal struggle with depression and how God's word helped him overcome it.

Mother holding her child

A band from Texas set up a social experiment to change the way women feel when they look in the mirror. What they accomplished is a lesson on the value of inner beauty. 


Hannah Higgins holds her hairbrush while talking about being brave.

Hannah Higgins may be fighting for her life, but she wants all of us to know one thing: "You can be brave also." 


a globe sitting in the grass

These small good deeds can make a big difference. 


An artist's rendering of a lit candle, a pumpkin and a pine cone

Thanksgiving wasn't the same without so many beloved relatives who had passed on, but they found a way to celebrate their lives with gratitude.

by Paula O’Donnell
, Springfield, Missouri

little girl smiling

A group of children and adults were asked the same question. Their answers show how beauty and body image is viewed differently as we grow older. 


Devon Still with daughter Leah in the car

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still shared a special moment and some words of encouragement with his daughter before she went in for surgery. 


A young girl with cystic fibrosis shares the perks of going to the hospital.

A young girl with cystic fibrosis shows that a sense of humor and positive outlook can make all the difference. 


Actress Lupita Nyong'o poses with Elmo on Sesame Street

The Oscar-winning actress teams up with Sesame Street for this adorable video.


Carol Trousdale

It wasn't easy tackling unfamiliar tasks while work-camping in Alaska, but she found that prayer and patience did the trick.

by Carol Trousdale
, Mars Hill, North Carolina

Jake expresses support for David Quessenberry, who's also battling lymphoma.

NFL player David Quessenberry finds out he's not alone in his fight with lymphoma when a third-grader with the same cancer sends him words of encouragement. 


Jon Gordon

Author and motivational speaker Jon Gordon offers tips for maintaining an optimistic outlook.

by Jon Gordon
, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

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