How To Train Your Brain To Stay Positive
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“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done.” Bo Bennett
We’ve talked about positivity a lot these past days, and you may say that it’s easier said than done. You are right. Because being positive takes a lot of brave actions and commitment. Aside from that, it requires a lot of change of mindset, and that’s hard.
But who says, change is easy? Or that life is easy? Nothing is easy in this world. But it’s how we see things as they are that makes them easy. Does that make sense? I hope it does.
For us to be able to maintain positivity, we should be intentional with our decision. This will help in overcoming our brain’s tendency to focus on threats rather than on staying positive. It has also been said that those who are optimistic are more physically and psychologically healthy compared to pessimistic people.
So, how can one maintain a positive attitude despite life’s adversities?
First, stop the negative talk. How? Learn to distinguish facts from fiction. Most of our negative thoughts are just thoughts, and they are not facts. Being able to stop the negative feelings will make you more rational and clear-headed.
Second, identify and learn to focus on the positive. This is much easier when you already know how to stop the negative thoughts, but it requires a lot of practice. Sometimes, you start your day right, and everything’s going your way, then that’s easy to think positively. But when everything’s not going right, you tend to drift into thinking negative thoughts.
When this happens, think about your day and identify even one positive thing that happened. Remember, there is always a single positive thing in your day, no matter how bad your day is. Even small things that make you happy, that’s a positive thought that you can focus on.
The point here is that when things go bad, you have one positive thought that you can easily switch your attention to.
Lastly, be grateful. Being grateful reduces your stress hormones, according to a study conducted at the University of California. It has been said that people who are thankful in life have an improved mood, energy, and less anxiety; this is because they have low cortisol levels.
Take time each day to be thankful for what you have. Write it in a journal or say it out loud.
Do all these together, and in time, you’ll have a positive attitude that will become a way of life.
Again, you may fail at one step, but don’t worry, you can always repeat it. Take one action at a time, until you’ll know how to maintain positive.