How to Rephrase Negative Thoughts

You may not even realize how many negative thoughts you let creep in. Sometimes they even hide behind positive ones. When’s the last time you gave someone a compliment (“What a great dress!”) and felt the tug of competitive self-doubt? Challenge yourself to look at the world and see out the positive.

If you can rephrase your inner monologue, your outlook and your outer world are going to get better. Learn how, here:

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” –Willie Nelson

Acknowledge any lurking, nasty underbelly–know it’s there and call it what it is–jealousy, or anger, or fear. Then let it go.

Meditate for a bit and come up with three satisfying memories, three positive thoughts and/or goals for today, and three totally out-there wild hopes for the future. Let yourself smile. Then pick one thing you are not looking forward to doing today and find a way to think about it in the most positive light possible. Instead of picturing the pile of laundry, remember how good it feels to slip into clean, crisp sheets at night. And let yourself smile.

Adapted from Half Full, by Mina Parker (Conari Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Mina Parker. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from Half Full, by Mina Parker (Conari Press, 2006).

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Angie V.
Angie V.2 years ago


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Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Amandine S.
Past Member 2 years ago

Noted ! Thanks for sharing

Tamara r Pearlman

I realize a negative thought creeping in the minute it enters my mind. I turn around and reverse the thought into a more positive way of looking at a situation, life, challenges and more. The only way to succeed, be truly happy and productive in life is to keep our thoughts positive. I have eliminated words from my vocabulary. I no longer "try" I strive. Yoda once said to Luke Skywalker, "Do or do not. There is no try."

Ana R
Ana R2 years ago

Thank you for the reminder:)

Nimue Pendragon
Nimue Pendragon2 years ago

Try meditation, it's brilliant for this sort of thing. It's hard but the results are worth it. For a start, you can try this: Sit on the floor. Cross-legged. Hands on knees. Palms upward. Close your eyes. Focus. Breathe. Relax. Put all your negative thoughts in a pink balloon and blow it away. See yourself doing this in your mind. They are leaving. They are going away. See the balloon floating high up in the sky. They will not hurt you anymore. They are gone. Breathe deeply. Focus on a pleasant thought, something that makes you happy. And breathe. And relax. And feel better :)

Sohail A.
Sohail A.3 years ago

is the first step that is difficult

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

a. y. m. Says"easier said than done"...

Gotta take that first step sometime or you'll be saying the same thing on your deathbed!

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

Flat out Rebuke them and replace with the positive!