“When it rains it pours.” “That’s just my luck.” “Why do things always have to happen to me?” Do you or someone you know say any of these things when something goes wrong in life? Although statements like these may seem harmless, studies show that speaking negatively can actually help perpetuate negative events in our lives. Studies also show that not only should we be careful with what we say, but more importantly what we think. Our thoughts are more powerful than you might imagine, and when we think and speak negatively, it can lead to a very problematic life.
It took a few years in my sobriety before I started changing my thoughts to more positive ones, and it was well worth the effort. Today, I have very few problems in my life, and even when I do, I use them as a chance to grow.
I’ve learned that stopping negative thoughts as quickly as I can and watching what I say helps me live a happier and more useful life. Not a perfect one, but a better one than when I was drinking. That life, while not always miserable, sure seemed that way because of my negative thinking.