It's not uncommon to hear that mindset is everything—but what does that really mean?

Well, while positive thinking is by no means a cure-all for all of life's hardships, research shows that it can help people find more joy and derive meaning from their lives. By this logic, adopting an abundance mindset can translate to a more abundant life in some ways.

Here's your guide to cultivating more abundance without sugarcoating the hard stuff.

What is an abundance mindset?

According to Stephen Covey, who popularized the idea in his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, mindsets are often centered around either scarcity or abundance. To have an abundance mindset is to believe there are enough resources to go around. The scarcity mindset, on the other hand, is defined by feelings of competition and lack. If you're operating from a place of scarcity, you might believe that someone else achieving something means you've somehow lost something.

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