Positive thinking and the benefits of happiness

In order to live a happier and healthier life, it is important to learn how to emphasize the positive side. Stick to the simple steps listed below for a week, and you will surely bring more positivity and happiness to your life. Think of it as a week-long experiment.

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What you will do: You can increase your happiness by focusing on positive things and reducing negative thoughts. This week, follow every negative thought with positive thoughts. This approach will help retrain your habitual thinking patterns and bring more positive thoughts into your life.

How it works: The ratio of positive to negative thoughts is a major factor in overall happiness.Your brain will constantly monitor the emotional tone of your thoughts-too many negative thoughts, your brain will respond by creating stress and sadness in your body. When you add more positive thoughts, your brain will create relaxation and happiness.

By training yourself to follow or reject negative thoughts with positive thoughts, you will increase your positive/negative thought ratio and be happier.

Gain motivation: After you realize your negative thoughts and feelings and work hard to eliminate them for a few days, they will gradually begin to lessen. You will be able to focus more on what you want to do without experiencing distracting emotions and stress. This will make you more efficient and energetic. Most importantly, it will make you happier.

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Note: Continue to practice smiling skills. It will help strengthen and strengthen the effect of this skill.

Steps to become more positive

  1. List happy thoughts. Take 30 minutes to list all the happy ideas you can think of. Just use a piece of paper and make a long list. Give yourself a good 30 minutes. List the people and places that make you happy: good friends, favorite holiday destinations, childhood memories, etc. List the things that make you happy: puppies, babies, the smell of a new car, lobster dinner, a relaxing day in the swimming pool. List anything you can think of to make you happy.
  2. Pay attention to negative thoughts and feelings. Throughout the week, pay attention to your thoughts. Whenever you find yourself thinking or feeling anything negative, sad, or stressful, label the thought “unhappy”. If you have a lot of unpleasant thoughts and feelings throughout the day, don’t worry. This is completely normal. Just pay attention and mark them.
  3. Follow a happy project. After you tag an unpleasant thought or feeling, immediately use a happy item on your happy list to track it. You can choose items that you use throughout the day, or choose different items each time you need it. Keep happy things in your mind for a second or two.

Commitment this week: This week I will mark my negative or stressful thoughts and feelings and follow them with a happy thought.

After a few days, the number of negative thoughts and feelings will usually decrease. It’s as if the brain is tired of negativity, because you quickly replace thoughts with positive thoughts.

The secret to increasing positivity and happiness

Don’t just wait for negative thoughts to appear before thinking about positive things. Increase this skill by consciously and systematically thinking about positive thoughts throughout the day. Decide to consider only positive thoughts throughout your lunch or break. Decided to consider only positive thoughts when driving.

Create time in the day that allows you to “just stay positive.”

Some more tips that highlight the positive aspects:

  • Don’t judge yourself. Everyone has a lot of unhappy and negative thoughts throughout the day. As you learn more about them, you may feel embarrassed or ashamed of the number you have. Don’t worry: it’s perfectly normal to have all kinds of strange thoughts. We usually don’t pay much attention to them.
  • Combine this task with a smile. When you bring happy thoughts to your mind, force a smile on your face. This will help eliminate the influence of negative thoughts.
  • Be sure to remind yourself that you have been doing this task all day. Don’t let the day pass without involving your negative thoughts and replace the positive thoughts.

This will give you more active and happy practice.

Press Play for advice on positive thinking

This episode of The VigorTip Mind Podcast, hosted by LCSW’s editor-in-chief and therapist Amy Morin, shares how to create a personal mantra to promote positive thinking. Click below to listen now.

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