Positive thinking is a mental attitude that radiates positive energy.  It feeds the mind with thoughts, images and expressions that are conducive to growth and success.  It is a way of conditioning the mind to expect good and favorable results, including joy, happiness, health and success.

Despite its good intentions, many people still don't believe in the power of positive thinking.  Some even consider it as sheer nonsense.  But the number of people who believe in positive thinking is growing, although not everyone of them knows how to use it effectively to get results.  It is the reason why it has become the subject of many self-help and self-improvement books.

Here are some of the ways to think positively.  These can help to give you an optimistic outlook in your life.

1. Whatever your endeavors are, it is important to have a sense of direction.  It can help you to get somewhere, and when you know where you're going, prepare for the journey and never give up.

2. Life is not all about what happens to you.  It's what you do with what happens to you that matters.  Life is a matter of choices and you should be prepared for the consequences.  But you should pick what you think is best for yourself.  The best is what makes you happy and fulfilled.  It's your life.  Live it the way you want.

3. If you can help others to cope with their problems, there's no reason why you can't cope with your own.

4. Impossible is a word used by people who are afraid to try.  Always give things a second and third look before you give your case a rest.

5. Trust and believe in yourself.  The more you are determined to do what you desire to accomplish, the nearer your goal becomes.  Self-trust is one secret formula that can drive you to action and bring you to success.

6. Stand for what you believe in despite opposition and obstacles, and do something about them.  Determination will tell you that these barriers are not strong enough to stop you from realizing your dreams.

7. By giving away joy, you will discover that it increases and returns to you.  Keep it for yourself and it will fade away.

8. Every problem has a solution and how you deal with that problem is more important than the problem itself.  Always stay on top of it.  A solution is always there somewhere – if you have the will to find it.