Most of us know that looking on the brighter side of life can make us happier. However, most of us don’t know how to switch it on at will.
Instead, we easily fall prey to negative thinking, and once we do, it seems like one small negative thought can turn into a huge, speeding ball of ugliness.
On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.
Below, I’d like to share 10 tips to switch off negative thoughts so we create a positive mindset (and life!).
1) Meditate or do yoga.
Have you ever tried meditation or yoga? If not, you might want to. Countless research studies have shown that meditation and yoga can decrease stress and anxiety, as well as offer health and memory benefits.
By focusing on your breathe and sensory experiences, they take your focus away from your thoughts and help calm you down. It brings you back to the now – the only moment, the most important moment.
Yes, smiling, even if it’s forced can help boost your mood, according to research. Why? Because simply act of stretching your face muscles in that way signals to the brain that you’re happy. Give it a try! The great Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh said:
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, and sometimes your smile is the source of joy.”
3) Surround yourself with positive people
A famous quote from life hacker Tim Ferriss says that “you are the average of the five people you associate with most.” So if you want to be more positive, hang out with people who are more positive than you! Get talking with positive people, who can put things in perspective for you and won’t feed your negative thinking.
4) Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive
I know, it’s easier said than done. But, sometimes it can help to challenge your negative thoughts. When a negative thought pops into your head, ask yourself if there is any evidence to support it. Try to be objective. Most of the time, you’ll realize that isn’t really much basis in it.
5) Don’t play the victim.
You create your life – take responsibility. You may have control over situations or circumstances, but you can control how you react. There is always a way out. You don’t win points for feeling sorry for yourself. Sometimes you just need to accept that things aren’t the way you want them to be and move on.
6) Help someone
Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person. Gandhi once said that “the best way to find yourself is to get lost in the service of others.”
7) Remember that no one is perfect
It’s easy to self-criticize and dwell on your mistakes. But every single person makes mistakes. The difference is how respond to those mistakes. Do you learn from it and move on? Or do you dwell on it and start feeling negative?
8) Play your favorite music
Music can be a great mood booster. According to research, it’s similar to drugs in that helps release feel good chemicals called dopamine. So find some time to yourself and wack on your favorite tunes!
9) List 5 things you are grateful for
Being grateful helps you appreciate what you already have. It’s a fantastic way to change your mindset from negative to positive. So take time to think about what you really are grateful for in your life right now.
10) Read positive quotes
These are just simple reminders to help you stay positive. Here is one of my favorite quotes by an unknown author:
Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.
Happy positive thinking!