Have you ever noticed that when you think you can do something you usually can? For instance, if you feel confident you have the skills to succeed in a math class, you will. If, on the other hand, you start with a premonition of failure, you become your own worst enemy by letting the negative thoughts sabotage your efforts. Your brain is hardwired to think in a certain way, and the resulting mindset can have a big effect on the way you live your life. Thankfully there are ways to retrain your brain.
When you notice negative feelings clouding your thought process, stop yourself and refocus. Concentrate on thoughts that make you happy. You are the master of your brain; don’t let it take you down a dark and unproductive path. Even if depression runs in your family, you have the capability of setting up neuronal roadblocks which can alter negative habits. And while you may not be able to erase a genetic disposition towards depression, you can greatly reduce its impact and re-occurrence.
Three Ways to Think Yourself Happy:
- Count your blessings – Start an optimist’s journal and write down the good things that happen to you each day.
- Practice envisioning positive outcomes to the challenges in your life – tell yourself good stories with happy endings.
- Positive self talk –Pay attention to your inner dialogue. Take care to say positive uplifting things and treat yourself kindly.
It’s a scientific fact that optimists are more productive, have better social relationships, have statistically better health and lead longer lives. Your brain affects your mental attitude and this in turn affects your entire life. You are what you think, learn to think positive.