Engaging in positive thinking certainly makes life more pleasurable. One positive thought is likely to generate another, creating a cycle. The steady stream of thoughts will flow, whether you direct it or not. The happy and good life that may seem so elusive to some can become reality with a simple redirecting of thought. Positive thinking and goal-setting are now considered scientifically viable methods for changing a person's life.
Three Vital Components
Dr. Seligman and his associates have noted that there are three components associated with happiness: the pleasant life, the meaningful life, and the engaged life. These three components seem to be vital to having high levels of individual happiness.
Other scientists have researched the brain and identified a specific area called the reticular activating system (RAS). That part of the brain interfaces with visual mechanisms to enable you to disregard things that are not relevant to your goals and focus special attention on those things that are critical to attaining your goals.
Thoughts repeated daily become the instructions for your subconscious to carry out. The subconscious is also the site of your beliefs and habits. You can reinforce the instruction set by writing your goals, repeating affirmations, and spending time in creative visualization. You can impress upon your subconscious the belief that positive thinking brings you the good things you desire in life. In that way, habitual positive thinking yields faster results.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they will become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny. — Anonymous
People who win the lottery have managed to align themselves with abundance. Perhaps they followed the advice of Law of Attraction seminar instructor Michael Losier, who has been featured multiple times on Oprah & Friends, Oprah Winfrey's radio show, and offers worldwide training programs on deliberate attraction. In his article about how to win the lottery, he reminded would-be winners of three steps: desire, attention to desire, and allowing. Of the three steps, he noted, the one with which people seem to have the most difficulty is the third step, allowing.
Why that? You are a child of your divine Father/Mother/Creator. Your birthright is to have abundance in your life — not some paltry portion, not just enough and no more, but all that you desire. Grasping this with your mind and feeling the truth of it with all your heart enables you to establish a powerful attraction to manifest success consciousness. Open yourself to allow for the drawing in of the fruit of your dreams and deepest desires.