Life situations, people , things that happen to us can make us feeling down and negative.
Most of the times a person’s personality plays a big part in how he/she responds to certain situations. People who take things personally usually feel less happy than those who seem to be indifferent.
The good part is, you can learn to train your brain to help stay positive when times are tough. By actively choosing different thoughts, you can reinforce the habit of thinking positively and decrease the habit of thinking negatively.
When you learn how to think more positively than negatively you will feel happier than ever.
TRY THESE 7 TIPS TO HELP TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO STAY POSITIVE:
- BE GRATEFUL
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom”. Marcel Proust
10 minutes of gratitude a day can change your life in a wonderful way.
Start training your brain to look for everything that is good in your life, rather than concentrating on the bad things. Everything that is positive in your life deserves a little thank you note from your soul. When you fully focus tour attention on gratitude, that which you feel grateful for will expand.
According to research, if you set aside 10 minutes of listing things that you are grateful for (your family, friends, health etc..) this will have a powerful mental effect om your brain: positive thoughts and positive attitude will come naturally and automatically.
- STAY CENTERED
“Meditation brings wisdom; lack of meditation leaves ignorance. Know what leads you forward and what holds you back and choose the path that leads to wisdom.” – Budha
Try to stay centered during the day. This will help you stay away from negative energy that tries to consume your positive attitude.
Various activities such as deep breathing, yoga, walking in nature and meditation will make you feel relaxed and you will find the balance you need.
“A research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at brain scans of people before and after they participated in a course on mindfulness meditation and published the results in Psychiatry Research. What happened? After the course, parts of the brain associated with compassion and self-awareness grew while parts associated with stress shrank. Studies report that meditation can “permanently rewire” your brain to raise levels of happiness”
3. STAY ACTIVE
Negative energy is powerless when the mind is centered on completing the day’s schedule successfully. Exercises for concentration and staying centered will help you stay positivr during he day.
According to research “the more physically active people are, the greater their general feelings of excitement and enthusiasm’’
Thirty minutes brisk walks or jogs can do wonders for improving your negative attitude, thoughts even depression.
- EAT, DRINK WELL, SLEEP WELL AND READ INSPIRING BOOKS
This is familiar to all of us: We are all aware that our lifestyle, more specifically our diet, drinking water and having a good sleep can have tremendous effect on our mood and health.
According to different studies, vitamin deficiency can cause declines in mental health leading to anxiety, stress, depression and other mental and physical conditions.
Follow the golden rule: eat healthy foods, drink at least 2 liters of water a day and sleep 8 hours or more .
Reading a good book can also influence your mood, inspire you and motivate you do do better.
“Reading inspiring tales of how others came out on top, against all the odds, can help you start to look at your own problems as challenges or stepping stones to success, rather than disasters”
5. HELP OTHERS
Help others and you will feel good about yourself!
In his book Flourish, Professor Martin Seligman says that “we scientists have found that doing a kindness produces the single most reliable momentary increase in well-being of any exercise we have tested.”
If we help someone to stay positive, we will also be positive and happy about what we did to improve their mood. Instead of avoiding their negative energy, jump in and brighten their day. You will leave the situation knowing that you have created a ripple effect and multiplied the positive energy in your environment, and this energy will return to you ten fold
6.DON’T COMPARE, BE INSPIRED BY OTHER PEOPLE’S SUCCESS INSTEAD
Instead of comparing your life to someone else’s and indulge into thoughts like: “ he/she has got this and I don’t, how can he/she be so successful and I’m not?”, try to be inspired and motivate yourself to do better and be a better person.
Research has shown that people who constantly compare themselves to other people who are far better off, than themselves are the most likely to be unhappy. There is no point in comparing your life to that of a multi-millionaire and feel frustrated. Instead, look at where he is coming from, probably he used to be in a total misery and he could do a great breakthrough and achieve his dreams…If he could do it, then you can too; be inspired by his life-story, instead of comparing…
- FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
Following your passion and doing what you love is very important for your positive attitude. It’s obvious that if someone loves his job he/she will be happy and vice versa.
Write down three things you love to do, followed by three positive changes you’d like to see. Then make a comparison with this to your current lifestyle and see if there is any connection. Being in alignment with what your soul calls for is one of the most important aspects of staying positive throughout life.