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Thinking Positive: 11 Ways To Promote Positive Thinking
When you harness the power of positivity it is amazing the impact it has on your life. It can relieve stress and make every moment tangible. When you are thinking positively, you just can't help but be optimistic even when everyone around you is unhappy. As a result, you are happier and less happily depressed and happier. i believe in positive thinkingso muchthat I bring up the subject in almost every chapter of my book, Outsmart your smartphone and I've created a whole happiness program based on positive psychology to help you increase happiness.
The benefits of positive thinking are enormous. How do you train your brain to think positively?
1. Ask yourself, "Am I thinking positively?"
Not sure if you are a negative nelly? Take the Wellbeing Quiz, Not only does this give you a rating for "positivity," it can also help you identify the other skills that can help you the most in improving your happiness and wellbeing. If you are someone who needs to work on your positivity, read on.
2. Strengthen your memory for positive information.
Did you know that you can potentially increase your positivity by memorizing lists of positive words? Forcing your brain to use positive words often makes those words (and their basic meanings) more accessible, connected, and easier to activate in your brain. So when you're going to retrieve a word or idea from your memory, positives can get to the top more easily.
Not sure which words are positive? Psychologists have carefully measured thousands of words to determine how positive and negative they are. I have put together only the most positive of the positive words into a positive word workbook for adults and a positive word workbook for children. If you have trouble thinking positively, try this strategy first. It can help develop your brain so that the other positive thinking strategies are easier to implement.
3. Strengthen your brain's ability to work with positive information.
Once your brain has built strong neural networks for positive words, try expanding those networks by asking your brain to use positive information in new ways. For example, you can memorize positive words and set an alarm to remind you to reverse the order of those words an hour later.
Or you could print these words on cards, cut them in two, shuffle them all together, then find the match of each card. For example, the word "laugh" would be broken down into "laug" and "hter". To match the word pieces, your brain has to search through a lot of positive information to find what it is looking for. This positive memory recall task can make it easier when you are trying to think positively.
4. Strengthen your brain's ability to pay attention to the positive.
Are you one of those people who notice the bad things - like when someone cuts you off in traffic or your food doesn't taste as good as you wanted it to? Then you've probably trained your brain to focus on the negative, and your brain got really good at it. Undoing this workout can be very difficult. Instead, train your brain to focus even better on the positive.
Routinely focus on positive information and direct your attention away from the negative. Do you need help looking out for the positives? Check out these positivity games.
5. Condition yourself to experience random moments of positivity.
Did you know that you can adjust to positivity? If you've ever taken an introduction to the psychology course, you've probably heard of studying Pavlov's dog. Here's a quick refresher:
Pavlov had a dog. Pavlov rang the doorbell to tell his dog that it was almost time to feed. Like most dogs, Pavlov's dog would get very excited if he wanted to be fed. So he would drool anywhere. What happened? Well, suddenly, Pavlov's dog got excited by the sound of that bell, even when there was no food. Eating food and the sound of the bell were linked in the dog's brain. Something as insignificant as a bell was making the dog excited now.
This effect is known as classical conditioning. It is the idea that when two stimuli are paired repeatedly, the response that was first triggered by the second stimulus (food) is now only triggered by the first stimulus (the bell). This happens all the time without our even realizing it. For example, the favorite food for many of us is something we ate with our families as children. What likely happened was the positive feeling of being with family and that special food was paired in our brains. As a result, we now get the warm-fuzzy feelings that we had when spending time with family just because we ate the food alone, even if our family is not currently present when we eat it.
Although your environment makes you react in certain ways all the time, if you know what you are doing, you can do so using classical conditioning to increase your positivity. You're doing exactly what Pavlov did. You just keep connecting boring things (like ringing a bell) with positive thoughts and feelings. Pretty soon, these boring things will automatically generate positivity. This is classic conditioning at work. This can help you think positively because when you are out and about in your life and maybe even feel upset about stress or challenges, you will experience those little positive moments that will energize you and put you in a good mood.
6. Think positively, but not too much, and think negatively when you have to.
Positive thinking, of course, has its advantages. Positive thinking isn't always the best answer, however. Sometimes negative thoughts also have their advantages.
When we are sad or grieving, it helps us to think negative thoughts and show the emotions that generate those thoughts, to let others know that we need their support and kindness. When we are treated unfairly and get angry, our thoughts can motivate us to take action, make changes in our lives, and change the world. Casually brushing these negative emotions aside without seriously thinking about their origins can have negative consequences. So when you focus on the negative, you are wondering if that negative emotion leads to an action that improves your life? If so, keep it. If not, work on changing it.
7. Practice gratitude
I'll be the first to admit that there are an infinite number of things that can be angry, sad, or angry with fearful about. But the truth is that there are also an infinite number of things to feel passionate, joyful, and excited about. It's up to us to decide what to focus on.
One way to train your brain to focus on the positive is to practice gratitude. Gratitude is when we feel or express gratitude for the people, things, and experiences we have. Expressing gratitude at work makes it easier for us to win the respect and camaraderie of those we work with. When we are grateful to our partners or friends, they are more generous and kind to us. When we are grateful for the little things in our daily life, we find more meaning and satisfaction in our lives.
Do you need to build a gratitude habit? Try these 5 ways to practice gratitude.
8. Enjoy the good moments
Too often we let the good moments pass without really celebrating them. Maybe your friend gives you a small present or a coworker makes you laugh. Do you stop noticing and appreciating these little joys that life has to offer? If not, you can benefit from enjoying.
Enjoying just means holding onto the good thoughts and emotions we have. You can enjoy by holding on to the emotions you feel in positive moments. Or you can enjoy by reflecting on positive experiences from a long time ago. Enjoyment is a great way to develop a long lasting stream of positive thoughts and emotions.
9. Generate positive emotions by watching funny videos
The theory of expansion and construction suggests that experiencing positive emotions strengthens our psychological, intellectual, and social resources and allows us to benefit more from our experiences and be happier. So how can we fill our lives with small bursts of positive emotions?
One way is to watch positive or funny videos. Watching cat videos or inspirational videos can create a quick burst of positive emotions that can help fuel an upward spiral of positive emotions. Just make sure you mentally hold on to the positive emotions created by strategies like indulgence so that you take your good mood with you when you get off the couch. And be careful not to get sucked in for too long or you will feel guilty if you stop doing more.
10. Stop minimizing your successes
We have a bad habit of downplaying our achievements and not fully appreciating our victories. For example, we could say, "Everyone can remember positive words" or "I haven't increased my happiness as much as I wanted." However, this does not recognize the effort you've made - efforts that not everyone has made would These phrases minimize your small achievements instead of celebrating them.
I struggle with this a lot. People will commend me for building my own business - a business that helps people increase their happiness and wellbeing. But I say, "Anyone can do it. I just got lucky." That kind of thinking downplays all the little efforts I've put into making my business successful. Someone could do it, but you Not;; I did.
That goes for you too. Even as you read this post to this point, make an effort to improve your ability to think positively. Give yourself some credit for it. If you seek positive thinking, happiness, or wellbeing - whatever your goal - take note of your gains. Celebrate a little after every small win.
11. Stop thinking all or nothing
All-or-nothing thinking is when we view a situation as all good or all bad. This is another difficulty in overcoming negative thinking habit. For example, I might think I'm a failure because I haven't been particularly successful in helping children develop the skills that will help them think positively and increase happiness. I even had to close my first business aimed at promoting the wellbeing of children.
On the other hand, I have had great success working with companies to help them develop their happiness apps, write content for those products and courses, and sell workbooks that help people learn happiness skills. What do you think? Does that make me a failure or a success? If I had a tendency to think all or nothing, I would have to choose one or the other.
There is always room for improvement, but don't think that you are a complete failure just because you are not a complete success in every way you hoped for. You gain something, you lose something. So life is.
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