Here are 5 ways to train your brain for positivity

Your thoughts control your life.  How you treat yourself plays a big part in your attitude, so why waste time thinking negatively?  At some point or another, we all doubt ourselves and second-guess the decisions we’re making.

In the end, these thoughts end up harming you more than you think.  It eventually takes a toll on your physical and mental health.  But the good news is that it doesn’t have to stay that way!

Here are 5 steps that you can take for a happier brain and a more successful life:

1) Be Kinder to Yourself.

When you’re talking with a friend, do you criticize and judge them?  Probably not.  But what about when you talk to yourself?  You’re a little harder on yourself, right?  We, as humans, tend to over criticize ourselves.  Don’t blow your mistakes out of proportion.  Everyone makes mistakes!  Be a little more compassionate towards yourself and you’ll end up with increased motivation and even a better body image.  

2) Be Grateful.

Gratitude is an important step in working towards a happier mind.  When you’re more thankful for the things you have and the people who love you, you’re well on your way to living a more successful life.  This is a habit that you should be practicing regularly and you’ll be training your brain to always look for the good in your life and in other people.

3) Know Your Emotions.

Talking about your feelings openly with other people can be scary.  Because of the fear, a lot of people will distance themselves from their feelings as if they’re “bad”.  This keeps you from recognizing how you’re feeling in any given moment.  To make it easier on yourself to talk about your feelings, take a few minutes every day to think about your emotional state and put a name to how you’re feeling.  Your emotions affect your decisions, so being aware of them is extremely important!

4) Know the Difference Between Obsessing and Solving the Problem.

If something isn’t going right in your life, sitting there and obsessing and mulling over it isn’t going to help anything.  When you feel yourself spinning into that cycle, take a moment to think about what it is you’re doing.  Are you moping or are you actively trying to solve the problem?  Once you’re able to identify it, go forward with trying to solve whatever problem is at hand!

5) Be Logical.

Tough decisions are a part of life.  They come around unexpectedly sometimes and when they come up, you need to be able to think logically in order to come up with a rational decision.  When you feel your emotions getting the best of you, step back and take a minute to relax.  You aren’t being rational when your emotions are running wild.  Once you’re able to leave your emotions out of the decision, you can think more rationally on the situation.

The way you talk to yourself affect how you perform in your life.  In order to be the best you can be, it’s important to have a better understanding of yourself and your emotions.  Over time, you’ll end up being more successful and happier in the end!

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Lachlan Brown

Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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