Maintaining a positive mindset is something most people strive to achieve – but it isn’t easy! Not only does life continually throw challenges our way, but our brains are actually wired with a bias towards negativity.
With this in mind, it’s no wonder there’s a lot of negative thoughts and behaviour in the world - but thankfully, there’s plenty we can do to balance this out. When you understand your brain’s tendency to focus on the bad stuff you can choose how you react and start cultivating a positive response.
There’s no quick fix when it comes to training your brain, but when you stick at it, it can be a life changer. So, read on to learn five effective ways you can train your brain to see the bright side and choose positivity over negativity more often.
Make it a Daily Habit to Notice the Good Stuff in Life
To balance out your brain’s tendency to focus on the negative, spend time every day seeing and noticing good things. This could be anything that makes you happy or feel joy, such as the smell of spring flowers, your best friend’s sense of humour or a recent achievement at work. Getting in the habit of coming up with three things each day can help set your brain on a positive path.
Have A Positive Impact on Those Around You
When you do nice things for others, they feel good - and you do too. Small gestures of kindness go a long way to bringing more positivity to your day. There are loads of opportunities to spread good vibes – from providing a co-worker with positive feedback to helping an elderly stranger with their shopping. Being kind to others when you’re feeling down yourself is also an effective way to swing the momentum back towards positivity.
Look After Your Body with Healthy Habits
It’s hard to feel good about anything when you’re unhealthy, and your thoughts can often take a turn for the worse if you’re not looking after your body. Practising healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are not just great for your body, they are also beneficial for your mind too. If your lifestyle is hectic, it can seem hard to find the time to look after your health – but make it a priority instead of making excuses.
Spend More Time Doing the Things You Love
If your life revolves around work and family commitments, finding the time and energy to pursue your own interests is tough. However, when you fail to set aside time to do the things that stir your passion, it can seem like life is one big mission. No matter how busy you are, find regular time to do what you love. This may mean knocking back the overtime or getting up an hour earlier in the morning – do what it takes, because it will give your positivity stocks a big boost.
Live Mindfully and Make Conscious Decisions
Pay attention to your thoughts on any given day, and you’ll be alarmed at a how often your brain slips into autopilot (and reverts to that negativity bias). Practising mindfulness helps you stay in the moment, so you’re switched on and fully conscious of your thoughts, actions and behaviours. Being aware of your thinking is a critical step in successfully training your brain to look for the positives, so start cultivating mindfulness today.
Let Go of Your Negativity and Find the Bright Side
Training your brain to go positive instead of negative takes time, effort and patience – but the results are more than worth it. Every small thing you do is a step in the right direction, so try the suggestions above, keep at it and reap the rewards.
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