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Positive Thinking Day

Positive Thinking Day raises awareness about and celebrates the benefits of positive thinking, and has the goal of making the world more positive. Positive thinking may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, increase immune function, help with stress management, decrease depression, improve mood, reduce pain, and boost productivity. Positivity should be practiced every day, but extra effort is put in today. Through today's efforts, the world can be made a better place!

Positive Thinking Day has been observed since at least 2001. Dr. Kirsten Harrell and her business partner and sister, Traci, of Popular Inspirations Ltd., started celebrating it in 2006 in Centerville, Ohio. Kirsten tried to find out who had started the day but was unable to find out who did. The sisters promoted the day on their website and held a contest for an iPod Nano.

The following year they launched a new website, the now-defunct, and a new contest, a "contest to find the most positive person." The sisters have also used the day to raise money for the Christopher Reeve Foundation, later named the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which raises funds to research spinal cord injury. They chose the foundation because Reeve inspired them "with his positive attitude despite very difficult life circumstances." Kristen said, "Christopher Reeve represented the best of positive thinking. It is because of his unwavering positive attitude that we are proud to be raising money to benefit this foundation."

How to Observe Positive Thinking Day

Some ways to celebrate Positive Thinking Day include:

  • Make a goal not to have any negative thoughts today. Start with the first part of your day. If some negative thoughts creep in, attempt to counter them with some positive thoughts. If you can't stop them, reset and move forward with your day, trying to keep more negative thoughts from arriving. You could have family and friends join in the challenge.
  • Use some of the following techniques to create days full of positive thought: use affirmations, start each day with the intent to be positive, practice mindfulness, be grateful, read and watch motivational and inspirational material, surround yourself with positive people, practice kindness, have faith that each opportunity can lead to something positive, and don't forget to smile.
  • Donate money to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
  • Learn more about the health benefits of positive thinking and ways to focus on positive thinking.

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