During this article we will explore the power of positive thought and crucially, how you can ‘be more positive’, especially when you might feel anything but.
1. Set reasonable goals.
“A lot of people who see the negative side of things also tend to put themselves down because they set huge, intimidating goals that are difficult to attain,” says Lavinia Lumezanu, a marketing executive and leadership trainer. So instead of saying, “I want to earn more, work less and be happy!” start with a much smaller goal. We know that control is a constant so once we gain control from doing one small thing we can move onto the next. Small goals lead to bigger goals.
2. Turn “problems” into “challenges.”
We are less likely to produce the stress hormone cortisol if we view a situation as challenging but do-able rather than all doom and gloom. So, change the way you view a situation to decrease the amount of adrenaline you produce and consequently, increase the amount of serotonin (happy hormone) you produce.
3. Fake it to make it.
Even if you don’t feel happy or believe you can get to where you want to be, you can always pretend. Reset your default answer. Our brains can’t tell the difference between imagination and reality so reset your default to what or how you want things to be.
4. Surround yourself with positive people.
Culture is everything. Our brains naturally mirror people around us so if we are surrounded by people who drain us or indulge themselves in negativity, we will naturally mirror them. So, switch the polarity and surround yourself with people who radiate happiness and our brains will try-it-on-for-size i.e. we will be happier. Hey Presto!