The Power of Positive Thinking

May 11, 2020

Welcome to our Hive Wellness Hacks, a series of practical weekly tips on how to improve your health and wellbeing.

This week we focus on the Power of Thinking Positive, even in challenging times.

Happy people seem to have a special quality that enables them to live a better life than the average. Can you guess what it is? It’s the quality of optimism! The best news about optimism is that it is a learnable quality. Optimists seem to have different ways of dealing with the world that set them apart from the average. First, they keep their minds on what they want, and keep looking for ways to get it. They are clear about goals and they are confident that they will accomplish them, sooner or later. Second, optimists look for the good in every problem or difficulty. When things go wrong, as they often do, they say, “That’s good!” And then set about finding something positive about the situation.

Power Hack: if you are looking for something good or beneficial in a person or situation, you will always find it. And while you are looking you will be a more positive and cheerful person.


Related to the power of positive thinking is also the topic of  How to Develop an Unbeatable Mindset

If someone asked you to name one trait that truly sets successful people apart, what would pop into your head? Talent? Resources? Network? All of these things make a difference, but the single trait that define the top 1% of income earners is that they read. A lot. Bill Gates reads 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg reads at least one book every two weeks.

And, it’s not simply how much you read, but also what you read that makes the difference. While people read mostly for entertainment, 85% of top earners read two or more self-improvement or educational books per month. Here are 10 books to get you to help you nurture your growth mindset during this lockdown.

  1. The Meaningful Life – Randeesh Sandhu
  2. The One Thing – Gary Keller & Jay Papasan
  3. 50 Ideas That Can Change your Life – Robert Anthony
  4. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway – Susan Jeffreys
  5. How to Stop Worrying & Start Living – Dale Carnegie
  6. 7 Kinds of Smart: Identifying & Developing your multiple intelligences -Thomas Armstrong
  7. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor E. Frankl
  8. The Cashflow Quadrant – Robert T. Kiyosaki
  9. The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferris
  10. Peaks & Valleys – Spenser Johnson

Power hack:  Have your heard of the 5-hour rule? This involves spending five hours a week, or one hour each working day, focused on deliberate learning. This means setting aside time to give your full attention to learning and development, without getting distracted by other work.