How I’m Trying To Become A Positive Realist

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! I’m hoping you’re all having lovely days so far. Today’s post is going to be a follow up from one of my previous posts. I recently wrote a comparative discussion on Optimism & Realism reaching the overall conclusion that Positive Realism is what I want to implement into my life. So today, I’ll be sharing how I’m planning to do this. Let’s jump into it!

What Is A Positive Realist?

‘The attitude of positive realism combines both the visionary view,  as well as a realistic mode of thinking.’

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In simpler terms, positive realism is essentially having a mindset that consists of a balance of optimism (positive thinking) and realism (realistic thinking).

Read My Blog Post on Optimism & Realism

Now I’ll be speaking about what steps I’m taking to make positive realism part of my own method of thinking!

1 – Reframing Dreams Into Reality

The key aspect of positive realism is that it’s the balance of two mindsets (as stated above) so it’s important to still have both of them. But instead of them contradicting eachother, they’re working in tandem in your mindset.

So, what I’m trying to do is continuing dreaming big – just as I normally would as an optimist. But, I’m trying to place those dreams in real world scenarios to imagine how they’d play out – just as a realist would. (And if you’re more of a realist, then do these steps just in the opposite order) Then, I’d be able to see how I can achieve those dreams all while being realistic. Usually for me, this is by setting realistic targets!

2 – Being Aware Of The Facts While Thinking About Your Desires

This sort of links into the last one, and is a bit more beneficial if you were someone who was solely an optimist prior. After setting your dreams as well as the realistic targets to achieve them, it still might be beneficial to do a bit more research to know what you’re getting into. So, it wouldn’t be harmful to do a little bit of research, maybe to see the odds of achieving the dream, or the methods people used to get there!
And whatever facts you may find, (positive or negative) you can use them to your advantage and know more information about the dream you’re chasing!

3 – Being Content With Changes

Changes in the road can hinder both an optimist and a realist. So, positive realism gives a good perspective on how both can get back from them!

As someone with a predominantly optimist mindset, I know firsthand that I expect things to go 100% smoothly. But, this isn’t always the case – and being a positive realist means you acknowledge this, and now just focus on the new targets to get back on track!
A realist may probably be someone who has prepared for setbacks – which is great! But this could hinder the scale of what they want to achieve, and may not think they can fulfil their full potential. So, while a realist is already going to be content and prepared for the changes, it mustn’t stop them from dreaming what they truly want to achieve because they know they can use realistic goals to get back on track from the expected setbacks!


Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope it was helpful! Let me know in the comments what you know about positive realism and whether you try to practice it in your life.

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How The Placebo Effect Can Play Into a Positive Mindset

Hello everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to my blog! So, I was in a lesson and my teacher decided to show me this really cool video called: The Incredible Power Of Your Thoughts (embedded at the end of this post). It talked a lot about your subconscious mind and how your thoughts can play into your actions constantly. In the video, it mentioned The Placebo Effect which I remembered learning about in a school Biology lesson – it’s an effect used in medicine but when I got to thinking, it can actually be a great way of achieving more positivity. That’s why this post will be me sharing my thoughts on how I think the Placebo Effect can actually benefit your mindset!

What Is The Placebo Effect?

The Placebo Effect is an effect in medicine testing when scientists want to see if a specific new tablet or pill will treat a person. The testing consists of people with the illness and some of them are given the real medicine and some are given a fake one (known as a ‘placebo’) at random which has no treatment purposes . The idea of this is that scientists want to make sure that the medicine is actually curing the patient instead of the patient just thinking they’ve been cured if they’ve taken the placebo.

This is the Placebo Effect, sometimes patients who may have been given the placebo might still feel better because they think they’ve taken the real medicine. Leading people to believe that the mind can be a tool to healing, but a powerful connection is needed!

Learn More About The Placebo Effect at WebMD

Learn More About The Placebo Effect at Harvard Health

How Is It Linked To Positivity?

As stated above, the Placebo Effect worked by patients not knowing what they were given, so assuming they took the real treatment pill (even if it was just a placebo) would physically and mentally benefit them.

This means some patients who just decided to think, ‘I’m probably taking the real one’ despite maybe getting the placebo, had that positivity which genuinely helped them, and this has been shown in many studies!

Read The Results of a Placebo Study Trial Conducted By Ted Kaptchuck

What Can Be Learned From It?

The first time I heard about this effect in a Biology lesson, I really thought it was just a a coincidence what happened to patients who took the placebo. Yet, studies are proving this is real and very effective in treating people.

For me, the key thing to take away is that we can’t change what will happen for us, but maybe we can change how we think about them?
In a world with lots of stress, this effect is signalling to us that optimism is the way we can keep going. Now, not only mentally, but also physically! This teaches me so much about positive thinking. Don’t get me wrong, it can be so hard, especially if you’re a patient who could possibly be getting a placebo and I’m not saying to think everything will be butterflies and rainbows.

All I’m saying, is even if you have an inkling of hope and optimism, it can do wonders!

The Incredible Power Of Your Mind

The Incredible Power Of Your Mind was a video I was shown in a lesson which really made me rethink how my thoughts and how I choose to think about something. It was produced by YouAreCreators and this particular video will definitely leave you questioning your thoughts at the end – I would 100% recommend you watch it if you’d like to see how I got my inspiration for this post, and it talks about the placebo effect a bit more in depth. Watch below or by clicking here!


Thank you so much for reading, if you want to learn more, I’d definitely recommend The Incredible Power Of Your Mind video as that was my inspiration for writing this post. Let me know in the comments if you agreed with me or had a different idea about the placebo effect!

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How To Feel Positive Around The Holiday Season

Hey guys it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Happy Christmas Eve! As tomorrow is Christmas for today’s blog post I thought it would be a good idea to share some ways to be positive around the holiday season; especially this year due to everything that’s happened this year!

Keep In Touch With Family:
If you’re in a lockdown and are going to be alone this Christmas, you should make sure your spending the whole day talking to your family. Whether it’s on video call, phone call or anything else; just keep connected to be positive!

Have Your Own Celebration:
Another way to be positive around the holiday is to just make the celebration your own! Even if you’re alone, or don’t have all of your family with you; make it a big deal and have a big day!

Blocking Out The Negatives:
This year especially, there were a lot of negatives so to be positive around a happy holiday season; you’re going to have to block out the negatives. You can do this by switching off your phone and the news because the news has a lot of negatives!

Thanks so much for reading guys, let me know how you’re staying positive in the holiday season in the comments!

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