The brain is such a fascinating and complex organ. Did you know you can train it to think happy thoughts? Yep, mind-boggling! But how can you trick your own brain into working against itself when it’s feeling negative or unhappy?
As they say, the average human thinks 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day, wherein all that think-muddle do you find the skills to counteract? How do you navigate the overwhelming amount of negativity that bombards the mind every day?
Did you know that, according to some speculation, we think more negative thoughts than positive? Renowned people believe we train our brain to think more negative thoughts over positive ones. 80% to be exact! So, do we love punishment then? Do we love to be in the dumps?
According to Loretta Breuning, Ph.D., that’s our brains are not designed to create happiness! Our brains evolved to promote survival, so our brains store the happy chemicals (dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin) for those opportunities of survival need and will only release them in small bursts. This process motivates us to take steps to stimulate happy chemicals.
Considering our brain’s capacity for negativity, it is incredible that there are ways to reverse some of these inherent mind behaviors. Continue reading to find out how!
8. Examine Your Thought Pattern
Start by examining your thoughts for 10 to 15 minutes. Are you anxious about something? What is stressing you out? Is a colleague at work getting on your nerves? Did you fight with your spouse? Chances are something is nagging on you!
Once you have settled on what’s not sitting so well with you, it is time to decide what you are going to do about it. Tell your brain you will not stand for it by tackling these bothers immediately.
For example, makeup with your spouse by whatever means or ask your boss to relocate you so you won’t see that person as much at work. Simply reprogram your thoughts.
7. Choose Three Daily Positives
Training your brain before you go to bed at night is very powerful. Do some inventory and reflect on the day you just had. Dwell on the positives, no matter how small they may be, and write down three.
It could be a pleasant encounter with an otherwise unpleasant boss, someone offering to buy you lunch, being paid a compliment or just watching your pet fool around. Whatever brings a smile to your face and a twinkle in your eyes.
6. Give a Shoutout To Someone
Research shows that gratitude can play a significant role in lifting a person’s spirit. Practicing daily gratitude creates optimism and can even reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. A gratitude journal is good to have, but sharing your gratitude is much more liberating and beneficial.
It could be anything from complimenting an employee or a colleague. It could be catching up with a friend over facetime and expressing how thankful you are for them. Or maybe have a conversation with your spouse about the highlights of their day. You’ll experience a special upliftment and a feeling of satisfaction.
5. Surround Yourself With Positive People
Emotions are contagious. So, it makes perfect sense as to why having positive, supportive, inspiring and empowering people around you is life changing.
Surrounding yourself with mopers and complainers will only lead to drowning in your sorrows. You will get whatever you spend more time seeking, so seek out positivity!
4. Help and Support Others
If you are helping others, you are helping yourself! Any act of kindness is uplifting and is a positive development. It could be helping an older person to cross the street or bringing a homeless person something to eat.
It could be helping a co-worker or a fellow student. Focusing on someone else’s needs takes your mind off yourself and teaches you that you are not so bad off after all.
3. Take Care of Your Mind and Body
Research shows that taking care of ourselves physically and mentally gives an overall sense of well-being. It helps train our brains and puts us in a positive mindset. Eating healthily, in particular, can boost your spirit tremendously. Your body is a temple, so treat it kindly.
Taking care of ourselves includes exercising at least 20 minutes per day to release mood-improving endorphins. Meditation and Yoga will help with calming and the mind. Mindfulness through meditation is being aware of your thoughts but without judgment. This process helps bring more balance to all aspects of your life.
2. Inner Healing With Positive Affirmations
To become more positive, you must release and uncover negative experiences of the past you are holding onto. Daily affirmations are an excellent way to train your subconscious to become more positive. Words are powerful and will help you build a supportive belief system within. This will keep you on a firm footing the next time you face any traumatic situations.
1. Set Time Aside To Do the Things You Love
Although this might be easier said than done, it’s truly one of the easiest ways to develop a positive mindset. It doesn’t even matter what it is–you only need to know that it’s something you love.
It could be reading a book from one of your favorite authors or watching your favorite series. Maybe it’s cooking your favorite meal! What’s brings you pleasure? Set yourself some boundaries and take the time to do things that bring you genuine joy!
We all must try our best to stay positive, especially these days. Staying positive ensures that we’ll overcome whatever we face. With our brain’s ability to hold on to negative things in our lives, we are fighting back with healthy doses of positivity. Let’s continue to have a positive attitude and win the battle against negative thoughts one fight at a time.