Six Positive Words That Will Change Your Life

Even in stressful times words — free and abundant– have the power to turn our thoughts to happier ones. Positive thinking techniques work. And words will change your attitude about yourself! And I’ve got a way to use six positive words that will change your life.

No, this isn’t about going to get a dessert and having a happy sugar high. (Unless you want to do that and come back and read. I’ll wait!)

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This post isn’t about sugar, it’s about the power of thought. An overarching concept if I’ve ever heard one.

Quotes abound about the power of our minds, thoughts, attitudes, and perceptions. I like this one. 

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” — John Milton

Milton’s quote is so literary that it makes me feel smart. The power of the mind, coming in to play. Am I tricking myself? Who cares!

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This quote is great, too.

“I found that when you start thinking and saying what you really want then your mind automatically shifts and pulls you in that direction. And sometimes it can be that simple, just a little twist in vocabulary that illustrates your attitude and philosophy.” — Jim Rohn

I don’t know who Jim Rohn is but that quote makes perfect sense. (Okay…. I just looked him up. He was a motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur) Here’s a link to a few of his books.

I’d venture to say that most of us know who Sigmund Freud was. He said, “Words have magical power. They can bring either the greatest happiness or deepest despair.”

So much for sticks and stones may break our bones but names will never hurt us. (Such a dumb, old timey saying!) Of course words hurt. 

So let’s flip that and find some words that help our mindset. Twisting of words, so to speak.

If you’re skeptical, don’t be! Studies have shown that tiny, simple words can drastically alter our thinking, behavior, and mood.

Skeptical? A negative word if I’ve ever heard one. Let’s not go there…let’s stay positive!

Small positive words result in more energy, enthusiasm, and productivity. Small negative words do just the opposite.

University of Pennsylvania has a Positive Psychology Center. (This link goes to Penn’s research page. Click around in there. Their website has a plethora of information) Twenty-five years of research has proven that positive attitudes improve self esteem, well-being, optimism, and success.

We can wield the power of positive words unto ourselves!

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It won’t take much work! Really. 

Even reading a list of words before we start our day or a task can shift how we behave.

All right, don’t kill me, but I want you to grab a piece of  paper. I’m not much for exercises either but this is easy. Written words are key to success here! 

STEP ONE: Set a timer for five minutes. Make a list of short, simple words that make you feel happy. (phrases are okay, too) Keep at it. Try to list a lot of words, so you have a selection. 

One of my words may surprise you. Trees! I love trees. Just breeze through those gorgeous tree pictures below.

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  • Banyan tree

Another word I’d choose is puppies! (or maybe you like kittens.) Baby elephants? Bear cubs?

More words on my list? Sunsets! (check out my Instagram account. People there must think that I’m obsessed with sunsets.)

Sparkle, oceans, beaches, coffee, mountains, family, wind, sunshine, sailboats, music, color, Louie (our dog!), fireflies, moonlight, stars, birds, the woods, chocolate

(I am getting out of control here.) Back to the point.

Step one is complete. You’ve got your words.

STEP TWO: Read through your words. Choose half a dozen you like most. Write those on a post-it or separate piece of paper.

STEP THREE: Read these six words several times.

STEP FOUR: Put this piece of paper with your six words on the fridge or tape it to your laptop, so you can see them every day.


STEP FIVE: (okay, not quite done….) Read your word list daily for two months for the happiness to settle into your brain.

Studies say it takes that long for a new habit to form. A long time = two months. (Believe me, I know. It took a long time for me to stop eating gluten.) If you want to read a study for yourself, here’s one that is often cited. (450 times, actually)

If your word list is accidentally lost, you can always come back here for a refresher, or to peruse the photos. I’d be happy if you did!

Hm…maybe I better add ‘subscribers’ to my list! 

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What are your six happy words?

Remember, optimists are happier, healthier, and more successful. Let’s turn ourselves into optimists! 

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For more ways to be happier, check out my post here!


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March 13, 2020 12:09 pm

What a fabulous (upbeat) post! And an important lesson! I’m off to write my word list – step one – and ‘let the happiness effect’ sprinkle down 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

March 13, 2020 12:36 pm

Love this, Sue. I always try to be a glass half-full kind of girl!

Carolyn Holton
Carolyn Holton
March 13, 2020 3:25 pm

this is great! we all need some optimism right now!

Eva Apelqvist
Eva Apelqvist
March 14, 2020 4:00 pm

I like the tone of your posts, light and cheerful. Nice article.
words. love. books. nature. Namekagon. Cherry Garcia (okay technically two…)

A Capone Connection
March 21, 2020 8:09 am

I love this so much. I have labeled myself as a “hopeless optimist” and I agree with your thought process. Mel Robbins is a speaker who talks about the brain and how it works. She said that our brains process anxiety and excitement as the same emotion so you can “trick” your brain when you are nervous by saying out loud, “I’m really excited”. Your brain doesn’t know the difference in feelings so it will respond more positively according to what you just said. I love learning about these types of things so thank you for sharing!

A Capone Connection
Reply to  Susan Berk Koch
March 21, 2020 8:20 am

I love her and her 5 Second Rule too trick your brain. I hope you like her too.

March 30, 2020 3:18 pm

This is interesting! I often heard words help you visualizae and reach your goals but maybe I should use these happy words. I’m going to try this 🙂

April 5, 2020 2:08 pm

I love the positivity that you have shared. This is the time when we truly need all of the encouragement we can get. I love all of these different things we can do to help ourselves. Thanks for sharing!

Nancy ♥

Sandra Ans
Sandra Ans
May 14, 2020 6:23 am

Great post! I was reading with a lot of interest and it reminde me also the movie ”The Secret”. We are attracting what we are thinking about!

May 18, 2020 5:21 pm

I love this! So important to focus on the positives and try to see the best in things always. That definitely helps your week for sure!

Magical Travels
Magical Travels
July 14, 2020 4:28 pm

Really interesting post. It’s not always easy to be positive but this post reminds me that is important and necessary in order to live an happy life

November 7, 2021 12:41 am

Great post, and I love all the pictures!

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