Here’s how you can boost your positive thinking, according to science!
1. Ask yourself the question
Ask yourself whether or not you already think positively. If you think you’re a glass half empty kind of person, then this guide is for you! If you’re not sure where you sit on the whole ‘half full, hall empty’ debate, take this quiz to check your positivity score and ways to improve it.
2. Improve your memory
For some reason, it’s often easier to remember the bad rather than the good. When looking back at old relationships, do you focus on the good times or the heartbreak?
According to one study, not only can you improve your memory through specific exercises, but you can also improve your memory specifically for positive thoughts.
Memorising a list of positive words can help you retrieve positive phrases later. By doing this exercise, you’ll find that you use more positive words each day. If you are trying to think of a word when relating a story, positive phrases are more likely to come to mind.
3. Then improve your neural networks
Once you’ve mastered your positive word list, try to switch it up. Set an alarm and say the list backwards.
Well, when you first memorise the words, your brain will create strong neural networks and connections to them. But to really see the change, you need to improve how your brain actually uses and processes positive information.
By using the same words in a different order, your brain will start to create a stronger connection to singular words, rather than the list as a whole.
4. Learn to pay attention to the positives
Easier said than done. Anyone who feels naturally pessimistic will no doubt have been told to ‘focus on the good’ or ‘just think happy thoughts’. But these flyaway comments are rarely helpful.
Thankfully, there is actually a way to fake ‘till you make it.
If you find yourself constantly noticing bad things like food not hitting the spot as you’d expected, someone cutting you up in traffic, etc., it’s hard to undo this habit. Instead of trying to reverse the learning, it’s easier to learn something new. Try to point out positive things throughout the day or write them down when you get into bed.
5. Trying positive thinking training
At heavenandearthmassage.co.uk, you can book yourself in for some much-needed TLC in the form of a massage, or even speak to their specialists about positive thinking counselling. This could be perfect for anyone that feels like they’re out of options and ideas.
6. Allow yourself to be negative
While it’s all well and good trying to focus on the positive for a better outlook on life, there are situations in which it’s totally acceptable to feel negative. And you should allow yourself to feel this.
In times of pain or grief, having negative thoughts can help us communicate our feelings with others. It can help us gain support when we most need it.
When something isn’t going right at work, or you’re being mistreated, negative thoughts can be the driving force to make changes.
Not all negative thoughts are a downfall. Sometimes they can have their own set of benefits. But it’s definitely important to find a balance.