Positive Thinking Games

Updated February 21, 2017

Positive thinking games foster a sense of well-being when the thinker is in control of his thoughts. The first step to positive thinking is to become aware of the destructive or negative thoughts in the mind. Controlling and replacing negative thoughts with positive ones increases a person's overall happiness and mental health. Introducing and practicing positive thinking can be diverting and constructive when played as a game or activity.


While it may seem morbid to write a personal eulogy, this activity is often used to draw attention to a person's strengths. Taking the time to think through achievements, successes, accomplishments, good traits and qualities helps a person focus on the positive aspects of her life. This activity is not about the morbidity of death but of the vibrance of life.

Group Affirmation

One group member expresses an opinion that can be opposed but this game is the opposite of debating. Instead of trying to refute the opinion, the group reinforces and enhances the opinion. The person offering an opinion will feel supported, valued and that others are listening. The rest of the group changes any rebuttals to positive reinforcements.

Compliment Circle

Gather a group in a circle. One person should start and compliment the person to his left. Continue around the circle as many times as desired. This game can be done many times with people in different positions in the circle.

Will Power

This game can be alone or with others. Say out loud things that will be done. Focus on changing thoughts of self-doubt and discouragement. For example, if making friends is difficult, repeat positive affirmations that will lead to small achievements like saying, "Hi" to unfamiliar people. Replace, "It won't happen," with "It will happen."

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About the Author

Brittany McBride has been writing professionally since 2007. She worked as an editor for Brigham Young University's magazine, "Humanities at BYU," as well as for the Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center and Utah Valley University Turning Point. McBride is attending Hollins University and is pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in children's literature.