Training the mind to be positive
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The good part is, you can learn to train your brain to help stay positive when times are tough. Place your journal, a pad and pen or your phone with the gratitude app next to your bed each night. It can be anything from family and work to a good nights rest or the morning sunrise — whatever is positive in your life deserves a little thank you note from your soul.
7 Exercises That Train Your Brain to Stay Positive
If you've never taken the time to monitor your thoughts, go ahead and give it a try. It's estimated that your brain will produce approximately 70, thoughts per day. Clearly, your brain is going to think whether you're aware of it or not, and if you spend just 10 minutes monitoring your thoughts, you might be surprised by how negative you can be. Basically, we're habitually negative without even realizing it. The power of positive thinking has been studied, talked about and documented time and again.
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Past experiences, especially those from childhood, can be held in the mind and body for decades, dragging you down and inhibiting your potential. Exercises like tapping and neuro-linguistic programming can help you access these parts of yourself, and build a more supportive and affirming belief system creating and reinforcing new synapses, especially in your prefrontal cortex. You can experiment with multiple approaches, but the key message here is that creating and maintaining a truly positive perspective often starts with facing and letting go of long-term wounds. Even just taking a moment to do someone a small favor or help a stranger can put you in a better frame of mind, and break you out of a negative thinking loop. One of the best ways to train your brain to stay positive is to deliberately and repeatedly turn your attention to things that inspire joy.
Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. This motivates us to keep taking steps that stimulate our happy chemicals. You can end up with a lot of unhappy chemicals in your quest to stimulate the happy ones, especially near the end of a stressful workday. There are a number of reasons why your brain goes negative. The bad feeling of cortisol has its own survival purpose. But once you do that, your brain finds the next obstacle.
Whether you realize it or not, the negative experiences you have lived through often influence your decisions. Your brain learns from difficult situations and painful memories, and these experiences get sealed into your brain. Your brain naturally wants to do whatever it can to protect you by avoiding a recurrence of the negative experience. However, continually focusing on the negative can hinder our ability to find the positive and live a happy life. Success is based on recognizing and going after opportunities as they present themselves -- and that often requires having the inner fortitude to take a chance and navigate difficult waters. The more you exude positivity, the better your chances of finding lasting success and happiness. All it takes is a little training and focus, and you can rewire your brain toward the positive.