I have done a lot of reading on the power of positive thinking. A great author to read for help on using positive thinking to heal your heart, mind and body is Louise Hay. I have read her book You Can Heal Your Life many times. I keep it by my bed and I will open it randomly and read it whenever I feel the need.
Years ago I would have scoffed at the idea that mere thoughts can change your life, but now I believe.
I have been consciously adding more positive thoughts to my daily life and I do notice a change. It is important how you phrase your positive thoughts; the universe is listening carefully!
If you think "I wish to be successful one day", then you will be successful "one day". The problem is, "one day" never comes! Instead, you need to think, "I am successful". This thought assumes that the success has already been achieved and the universe hears you.
I work with students in the inner city, and many of them have poor self esteem. A few years ago I started working with some of the girls, trying to get them to repeat "I am amazing" each day. At first they were so embarrassed, that some of them couldn't even utter the words. But as time passed, the words came more easiily, and their confidence grew.... simple, positive phrases are powerful and can change your life.
I was prompted to write about this today because I found this website: Cleansing Thoughts. They sell sets of positive thinking cards that you can read each morning in the shower. "Morning time is the ideal time to surround yourself with positivity because your mind is most open and receptive."
I am thinking of ordering a couple of sets of these as gifts (they are only $10/on sale). A great way to help bring more positive energy into everyone's life!
PS: (I have no stake in this company at all, I just happened to find their website today)