Negative thoughts are deleterious in their power to influence more negative thoughts.
Thinking about the unfortunate state of the world, for example, could set off a chain of thought that involves seeing that there is nothing you can do to change the situation and that your efforts are meaningless.
This kind of negative thinking also impacts those around you in a negative way, which makes your world considerably grim.
Luckily, you can kick off negative thoughts with these simple daily habits.
Smiling is a way to kick off negative thoughts and dark feelings. Studies have shown that even a forced smile brings a genuine smile as you think of the goofiness of it.
Try smiling at simple things like a happy child or the feeling of the sun on your face.
2. Be thankful
They say the best things in life are free. If the office feels a bit dull, take a 15 minutes break in the sun and get some fresh air.
Look at the world and be grateful that you are doing quite fine in it. Marvel at the setting sun and the endless sky just like you did when you were a kid.
3. Positive attitude
Kick away negative ways of looking at daily challenges. Instead of thinking of thinking ‘This logo design is so difficult,’ think positively like ‘This logo design can be done in 3 different ways.’
This positive attitude will make many challenges look simpler and easier to overcome.
4. Positive people
Stay around positive people. If you are always around people who have a brighter outlook in life, you will have bright hopes and the confidence that things can always get better than they are.
5. You are not alone
No one is perfect, so don’t feel sorry for yourself. Everyone has a flaw, and if you can identify yours, that is a good starting point as you know how to deal with it and remedy it.
6. Positive inspiration
Kick away negative thoughts by getting positive inspiration from good music, motivational books, and positive quotes.
You can post these positive quotes around the workplace or at home.
Have a favorite playlist that gets you feeling good about yourself, the world and the future. Sing along no matter how off key you sound. It will also make you smile.
7. Get involved
Talk to other people and listen to what they have to say. Most solutions to common challenges are to be found in those around you.
Offer a helping hand and be content with putting a smile on someone else’ face.
Now that you know the seven easy steps to get rid of negative thoughts, you can start living a brighter life. It’s that simple: embrace the way of life that always sees the full half of the glass.