Positive Thinking and Cancer

What your Mind can Conceive, Your Body will response.
A Positive Mind is Vital in Treating Cancer.
Tips on how Positive Thinking will win the war on Cancer.

There are tons of books and material on the power of positive thinking. Many of them are valid and I have my fair share of reading and documenting many of them into my library. But when you are fighting a war on cancer, you do not have the time to read all the knowledge that is out there.

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Positive Thinking and Cancer

You want to come to the crux of the matter, find out what is relevant, eliminate the unnecessary and focus on the needy.

Here I have sieved through hundreds of books, articles and material and produce what is truly important in this life-and-death fight against cancer. I want to come to Positive Thinking that is vital in Treating Cancer. Like the saying goes: "as a man thinks in his heart, so is he" is so true.

There is no doubt that the mind is very important when you are going through such a critical sickness. The mind must be the master of the emotions, the feelings, the thinking, the attitude and the actions. The body must be the servant of the mind.

Diseases and cancer find their footing in sick thoughts. Sick thinking finds their expression in sick bodies. Anxieties will breakdown the body. Stress will lower your immune system. On the contrary, strong and positive thinking builds the body. Happy thinking gives thanks to God who is our ultimate healer.

Positive thinking leads to positive habits. Changing your diet alone will not guarantee a positive mindset. But a positive mindset will want to change your lifestyle and that includes changing your diet.

There is a commonly quoted poem that goes like this:

Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
It all begins with your thoughts.

The positive thinker sees the Invisible, feels the Intangible, and achieves the Impossible.

List of Positive Thinking Tips and Cancer

  1. Show a positive and mental attitude toward your own self, other people and surrounding circumstances. The greatest discovery of this generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude.
  2. It starts NOW. Everything that matters for eternity starts here and now. If you want to win this war over cancer, it starts immediately. Don’t put it off until tomorrow or another time.
  3. Choose to disengage in negative conversations among people of negative thinking. Surround yourself with positive people who can give positive feedback. Birds of the same feather really do flock together.
  4. Stay connected with people who are like-minded. This will keep your motivation level high and your mind positive. Connect with people who support you and your decision to be a positive thinker.
  5. Stop the negative voices going on inside your mind. It is a waste of your time and energy. Your self-talk is the continuous stream of thoughts that go through your mind every day. Promote the positive thoughts and stop the negative. Negative thoughts have no power unless you empower them.
  6. Refuse to allow disappointments, troubles and obstacles to influence your mind. Along your path to success you are going to encounter obstacles. They won’t stop you from doing what you really want for your healing.
  7. Tell yourself that you accept God’s healing for yourself.
  8. Tell yourself that you are nurturing yourself with good health and healing.
  9. Tell yourself that you deserve to be healed and even miraculously healed. You deserve the good things in life.
  10. At this very moment, tell yourself that you are on the turning point from sickness to health, from cancer to healing.
  11. Tell yourself that you believe in miracles and that they still happen today.
  12. Tell yourself that it is absolutely alright if you need time to heal properly.
  13. Tell yourself that you are healed from the past traumas and failures.
  14. Tell yourself that old mental scars are now healed within your mind.
  15. Tell yourself that you believe in your healing and you anticipate your healing now.
  16. Choose to be healed from all your emotional wounds today. You can choose to be either a victim or a victor.
  17. Pinpoint the source of the pain and sickness and cast them mentally out of your body.
  18. Visualize your cancer falling down and fading away today. Visualize a successful outcome.
  19. Visualize your toxins and cancer cells flushing out of your body system.
  20. Choose a diet that consists of more than 50% vegetables and less than 10% meat. Your body cannot digest too much of meat. It spends lots of energy in meat metabolism. A largely raw vegetable diet will equip your body with the nutrients and immunity to fight against cancer. When you eat right, you feel good on the inside and outside.
  21. Refuse and reject all forms of negative thinking and replace them with good thoughts, happy thoughts and pure thoughts. Negative actions and words come from your negative thoughts. Positive actions and words come from positive thoughts.
  22. Choose to occupy your time and energy with some social and charitable activities that will take your mind off the negative thinking. Help the homeless. Help those in need.
  23. Don’t allow what other people say about you to affect your mind and your attitude.
  24. Desire to mix around with friends who can add value to your life and in particular your fight against cancer.
  25. Choose to avoid people who suck your energy and dampen your enthusiasm.
  26. Constantly say positive things about yourself and about other people and that includes government authorities and politicians.
  27. Compliment people who have said nice and good words. Positive words can be contagious. Say “Please” and “thank you” often.
  28. Believe in yourself and your ability to be healed completely. The difference between success and failure is not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will, and the will is nothing but your thinking.
  29. Start doing something new today such as dress differently, eat differently, visit someone that you have not seen for a long time, buy a gift for someone, draw, paint, complete a puzzle or start a new hobby.
  30. Keep a house pet. Do you like dogs or cats? A good pet can be therapeutic for your mind. The time you spend taking it for a walk or playing with it, will be rewarded with love and companionship.
  31. Take up gardening. Seeing plants grow day by day is like seeing life springing forth everywhere. Enjoy the peace of grooming your garden and hearing the insects and birds fill you with their sounds. If you don’t have the land, try container gardening.
  32. Change your physical appearance by projecting a more positive outlook. You will unconsciously make yourself feel better.
  33. Make a list of all the areas in your life that you want to change. List all the negative attitudes also.
  34. Start reading short articles and inspiring books on how other people overcame their cancer and continue to be a cancer survivor.
  35. Start setting short and long term goals and keep yourself busy working out those goals. Work out your goals one small step at a time. When you start approaching these goals you will be more confident and begin to think positively.
  36. Your goals must be realistic and achievable. You will feel frustrated if you make your goals unattainable until you cannot reach them no matter how hard you try. Small attainable goals make you feel accomplished.
  37. Guard your mind with good mental images. Replay your situation similar to playing out a mental movie by visualizing positive thinking and positive action in every situation.
  38. Post positive images around you in your environment. Put up positive pictures of things that make you happy and that remind you of your goals. Put them on your desk, fridge, walls, doors and even in the toilet to create a calm and positive atmosphere.
  39. Keep a library of images and videos of positive images and media. As you increase your knowledge on positive thinking you will come across many resources and they can quickly be lost in the clutter. Keeping them handy makes them available to you every time.
  40. De-clutter your environment by getting rid of junk and things that do not make you feel good. Avoid pornography, obsession with social media networks, TV programs, and things that are not meaningful and helpful.
  41. Take time to analyze your attitude and behavior and deal with the source of the problems with positive thinking. Every problem holds the possibility of positive and negative attitudes. Choose the positive.
  42. Take time to exercise regularly and move all those blood vessels and lymph vessels. It may begin as just a daily walk or jog around the neighborhood. Physical activity releases chemicals that can give you a lift in your attitude.
  43. Smile often since you are already winning the war on cancer on your inside. Don’t wait for good occasions to smile. Smile and good occasions will follow you.
  44. Take time to laugh. Find something to laugh about. Think about past memories that always make you laugh. It is hard to be negative when you are laughing and smiling.
  45. Don’t allow yourself to think that you are the victim. You take charge of your life today and are responsible for the way you want your life to be.
  46. Help someone you know today. There are lots of other people who are less fortunate than you. Join a volunteer group and take the focus away from yourself. You will feel better when you do something nice for someone. Life salutes you when you make others happy.
  47. Don't dwell on your mistakes because nobody is perfect. Learn from those mistakes and move on. Let go and get going forward.
  48. Start to sing out to yourself loud and clear. Choose happy songs, energetic songs, and lively choruses and see those burdens lifted up. Whistle a happy tune to yourself.
  49. Listen to positive music that sooths the soul. Sounds of nature, sounds of worship, classical music and pleasant music are good for the soul.
  50. Dance around the house and do not be concern about how silly you look. If you don’t know how to dance properly, follow Psy’s “Gangnam Style” on Youtube. It is so simple and silly that you will have a good laugh every time you do it.

Positive thinking is a discipline that trains the human mind to change a perceived reality by repeatedly making positive mental statements. Positive thinking is a process of choosing positive emotions from stimuli in the environment and applying them to perceptions and beliefs.

Dr. Charlene M. Proctor

  1. List down ten things that you are thankful for right now. Appreciate what you have and be grateful for them. If you look at what you do not have in life, you don’t have anything. If you look at what you have in life, you have everything.
  2. Remind yourself of the blessings that you have. Tell yourself that you are blessed to have family, friends, job, savings, food on the table and other smaller things in life that you tend to take for granted. Appreciate the good things.
  3. Think of everything that you enjoy doing. Go to a quiet corner and come up with a list of things that you enjoy. Even small things like a walk in the park or a good meal with a friend will make you realize that your life is not so bad after all.
  4. Read and speak positive quotes. Write them down as reminders in your calendar and let them speak to you regularly.
  5. Write strong, positive, good affirmations and read them to yourself. Make a commitment to write and read your own positive words daily. Use words that remind you of strength and success.
  6. Make a recording of your favorite affirmations, positive quotes and positive songs or music on your MP3 player or IPod and carry them with you always. Listen to them when you are driving or waiting to move to a different task.
  7. Take time to pray to God who is the great Creator and mighty Healer. Things that you cannot change yourself, He can do it. Do what you can and let God do the rest.
  8. Meditate yourself to success. Meditation is not emptying your mind, but filling your mind with the tons and tons of God’s promises found in the Bible. I believe the Bible is the most positive book in the world!
  9. Use positive words like “I can” “I do” instead of “I can’t” and “I don’t”. If you find it hard initially, then tell yourself that you will do your best.
  10. Let go of all negative feelings and don’t let them overwhelm you when you are feeling down. Push your negative feelings aside and focus on the good things in your life.
  11. Do not let setbacks hinder your progress. Setbacks are like resting steps for you to take another breather. There are bound to be setbacks along the way. Don’t let them stop you from reaching your ultimate goal.
  12. Stop making excuses for what you should do. It is easy to make a million excuses. Stop putting obstacles in your path to healing.
  13. Let go of the past. The past does not determine your future. The past is behind you and no matter how bad things were there is nothing you can do to change them. Your future is determined today by your choices. If your thoughts are repeatedly dwelling on the past, turn them positively to a new direction.
  14. Don’t be overly concerned about the small things in life. Most problems are small things greatly exaggerated. Let go and concentrate on bigger goals of good health and healing. Sometimes a good sleep in the night can help you to refocus on it again the next day when you are not feeling so emotional.
  15. You need to relax and let things just happen. Some things just take their own course. If you are aware of this, it will remove your fret over these things.
  16. Get enough of rest and relaxation. Rest is getting your 8 hours of sleep daily. Relaxation is pre-planned holiday or break where you can let go of the mundane stuffs of life.
  17. Tell yourself that bad situations do not last. Good will always triumph out of bad. There is always a "silver lining in every dark cloud".
  18. Face up to the changes that are happening in you and around you. The world is always changing. Accept change and make peace with change. Change does not mean the end of your pursuit for good health and healing.
  19. Take a break from reading the daily news. Don’t you know that bad news is a top seller in newspapers and blogs? Take a day off from the news and do something that you find enjoyable.
  20. Go and watch a favorite movie, of course a movie with a positive ending. Watch a funny movie and have a good laugh. You will get a good attitude and forget whatever is getting you down.

Positive thinking can be described as a type of attitude. Happy, optimistic people are usually described as having positive attitudes and expressing positive thoughts. People who consistently "look on the bright side" are utilizing positive thinking.

Mike San

  1. Take time to review what went wrong. For every effect, there is a cause and that includes cancer. Positive thinking does not mean you deny that there is something wrong. Instead, take time to think about the things that led you up to your current situation so that you can avoid future mistakes. Take positive steps after your analysis.
  2. Focus on the solution not on the problem itself. Don’t have a self-pity party and wallow in your problems. Work towards solving the problem and getting the cancer resolved. Be proactive. Be in control of your life. Deal with the negative things in your life head on.
  3. Once you have decided to pursue health and healing, take control of your decision. You are the navigator of what is going on in your life even if you feel like you have no choice.
  4. Look for opportunities to improve your life. In every failure or sickness there is always an opportunity to improve. Failure is like a stepping stone to success so don’t be afraid to fail.
  5. List down the reasons why you will get healed and win this war on cancer. Tell yourself you will get what you want. Don’t focus on the reasons why you will not get healed.
  6. Try to see things from a different point of view. Change your pattern of thought by trying to see things from another person’s perspective. It will help you to see a broader picture of your present situation.
  7. Believe that you are doing the best to win this war on cancer. Truly believe that you will succeed. Tell yourself that you are good at this and you will begin to put in greater effort and performance to make it good. Do not put your future in the hands of someone else. Your future is for you alone to shape. Take control of where you are going.
  8. Find a friend that you can share with – a friend that shares the same values and positive thinking with you. Know that you are not alone in your fight against cancer. Share your negative feelings with that friend and you will feel better when the load is shared and the burden lightened.
  9. Explore the world around you. Take your mind off your negative thinking by having a curious sense of adventure. Explore a different part of the town that you have never been before. Take a trip to the farm. Take a short walk in a new area of the park.
  10. Encourage others in the same predicament as you. If you are fighting against cancer, encourage those who are in the same arena. When you encourage others, you reinforce your own fight as well.
  11. Attend talks and read articles that will encourage your fight against cancer. Read testimonials of cancer survivors. If you can, talk with them and learn from their past experiences.
  12. See the beautiful side of life. There is beauty in everything. Taking the time to ponder on the beautiful things that surround you can instantly lift your spirits.
  13. Keep yourself on track by checking up on your progress. Provide reminders to stay positive in your thinking and to stay with the program.
  14. In life you need to be durable and patient. Some battles are tough and victories take time to win.
  15. Compliment and praise yourself every time you feel good and have done something right.
  16. Exercise your positive thinking repetitively. Positive thinking exercises are like any other form of exercise. Repeating them daily makes you mentally fitter and healthier.
  17. Discipline is important. Discipline your own mind intentionally will change your way of thinking and way of life.
  18. Do not underestimate the power of your mind. Respect your mind and what you put into it. The power of positive thinking can greatly improve your life and turn every situation around.
  19. Have clearly defined life goals. Ask yourself what you want to be when you have attained good health and won the war over cancer. Your life goals will spur you in the early stages of practicing positive thinking and help you set up your priorities.
  20. Find out what is your purpose in life. The more meaning you see in life, the easier it is for you to be more positive. Spend time thinking about why you are here in this world – and then let that sense of purpose direct you.
  21. Celebrate your successes with your friends. Every small step of success should be celebrated with people who have supported you in your life. Make use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter and email to share your success stories.
  22. Take time off to de-stress yourself. In any battle, there will be weariness. Stress will add on to the problem. Get away for a while and recharge your mind and body.
  23. Go to nature and sit in front of moving water. Water in its natural environment has a very soothing effect. Sit in front of a river, a stream, a lake or by the sea, and allow yourself to relax in that environment. See yourself one with the environment and the universe.
  24. Keep your courage up. Discouragement will pull down positive thinking. Encourage yourself before you sleep and the first thing you get up in the morning.
  25. Do the work you like and stop doing the things you dislike. You can’t feel positive if you spend most of your time doing things you hate. If you are in the wrong job, change your job. If you are in a wrong relationship with a boy or a girl, stop it and move on.
  26. Take time to play and communicate with kids. See the life in them and the enthusiasm of growth. Enjoy yourself feeling like kid again.
  27. Continue to stretch your mental muscle and go beyond your comfort zone. Push yourself to be positive just to keep making progress. To become a more positive person you have to keep challenging yourself if you want to grow.
  28. Love yourself and love others. Be generous with your love and you will find that love will return back to you manifolds. You are created to be networked in loving relationships. Life is too short to be at odds with other people. Be kind to everyone you meet. Tell those close to you just how much they mean to you. It is hard to be negative if you have love.
  29. Be content with what you have. If you don’t have the best of everything, make use of the best of everything you have. Do not be jealous of what others have. Happy and positive people make the best use of what they have got rather than worrying about missing out on what they don’t have.
  30. Give yourself a treat once in a while by pampering yourself. A good pampering session will make you feel great. Try traveling to a new destination or have a good body massage. When you feel good it is easy to be positive.

Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right.

Henry Ford

Further Readings:

National Geographic - Positive Thinking can increase your Performance.

Researchers from the campus in Canada recently found that lonely older adults have more health risks and maintaining a positive attitude is paramount for keeping the body healthy.

BBC: Paula's cancer testimony: "It was enormously helpful. I've got a lot to be thankful for and with a bit of positive thinking I know I'm going to get through this and get over it."

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