If you aren’t naturally positive person, it is really hard to train your brain to stop thinking those negative thoughts.
When I was trying to train my brain to think more positively (I wasn’t always my perky self), the first step was to bring awareness to how often I thought negatively.
It all starts with a thought. As soon as a negative thought jumps into your head, recognize it as being negative. Then, try to combat that thought with a rebuttal statement.
- Today has been such a bad day but at least I had a good night’s rest.
- My hair looks so horrible today but at least my face is acne free.
- I really did not want to start my day off with that horrible nightmare but at least it wasn’t real.
- My shirt is ruined now but I am grateful that only my shirt was stained with coffee, I could have burned myself instead.
The idea here is that once the thoughts comes into your mind, it isn’t going to go away. Instead of trying to stifle it down (which usually just makes that bad thought simmer and grow larger), let it come out while quickly coming up with a positive rebuttal statement.
With time, you’ll start to only see the good and the bad parts won’t come as easily.
I hope this will help you start an attitude of gratitude!
Let everyone know your positive outlook tips in the comments! It can help someone more than you’d even know.