You can choose where, when, and how much time you spend thinking negative thoughts, regardless of your circumstances. Research involving prisoners of war documented  that those who intentionally chose positive thoughts, such as thinking about people at home praying for them or the eventual end of the war, came through their ordeal with significantly better mental/emotional health and resilience.

What to Think About

So, Dr. Elaine Carol of Women of the Word asks, what DO you think about? Look through this list, and choose a few to incorporate into your daily thought process. Intentionally begin each day focusing on something positive. And do the same before you go to sleep at night.

You can think about:

  1. Someone who you care about
  2. Someone who cares about you
  3. A challenge you overcame
  4. A goal you have achieved
  5. Some way in which God has blessed you
  6. Something artistic you think is beautiful
  7. An inspiring or beautiful place in nature
  8. An accomplishment you can be proud of
  9. Something you have learned
  10. Someone you have helped
  11. The hope you have in knowing Jesus
  12. Someone who you would like to emulate (become more like)
  13. What you believe to be most important in life
  14. A character trait you would like to develop
  15. Something you would love to do
  16. How your life is different because of Jesus
  17. Some way in which you have grown or matured
  18. A time when you felt loved
  19. Something you DO have a choice about
  20. A time you felt God was close to you
  21. A story of someone who overcame big challenges
  22. A piece of music that lifts your spirits
  23. A Scripture you find meaningful
  24. Something you would like to make better for others
  25. What it feels like to worship God

Some of these thoughts involve memory. Some involve imagination. Some involve creativity. Some involve faith. All of those are great areas of your heart to draw on in choosing something good to think about.

The Apostle Paul offered his advice by saying, Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. So, before you go to bed tonight, give it a try. Doing so may not solve your problem, but it will sure give you a clearer mental edge in discovering what you can do about it. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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