Think of a time when the only thoughts in your mind were positive and every action you took that day or every reaction you may have had towards the people you interacted with lead to having a great day. The positive thoughts enable the mind to think clearly and have a wonderful effect on the body, because they are associated with emotions like happiness, excitement, etc.
On the other hand, negative thoughts tend to manifest in our minds, which leads us to mental scenarios that enhance those negative manifestations resulting in emotions that are toxic to the body. The body will instantly slouch to protect the heart from whatever emotion we are experiencing, whether it is anger, distrust, disappointment, or sadness. Our breathing becomes shallow, and our mind could be triggered to react negatively to any interaction we may have with others that day.
The mind is everything; what you think, you become ~ Buddha
Intuition (the gut feeling, instinct) is often clouded by negative emotions. It is important to distinguish between thoughts that may lead to negative outcomes and an instinct that triggers caution in our mind to avoid negative scenarios or events in our lives.
On a personal note, I work on staying present in the moment and challenging the mind to turn a negative thought into a positive one. I realize that my mind is a powerful tool with a healthy imagination; therefore I am consciously aware of thoughts that may emerge from events or things that are beyond my scope of control. As a teenager, I frequently worried about what people would say or how they would interact with me. As an adult, I say what I mean and mean what I say; I find it to be rewarding to be transparent with my thoughts and emotions.
How will you challenge your mind today? Think positive thoughts and you will attract positive events to your life.