Are you suffering from a bout of the blues? Not to worry, Health n Wellness are here to share a few secrets with you, to help you learn how to cultivate a positive attitude, and how to keep thinking positively. If everyone knew these secrets, pharmaceutical companies would find their anti-depressant sales dropping significantly…. So here is the recipe for natural happiness, to share freely around!
1) Turn your negative thoughts into positive thoughts
We each have around 50,000 thoughts per day, both positive and negative. Certain negative thoughts are very strong and can take up space in our minds, but thanks to techniques such as meditation, for example, we can transform these negative thoughts into positive thoughts.
If people in your family or circle of friends are very negative, try to get them to up-skill in the art of positive thinking. If they are not interested, encourage them to make an effort by suggesting a few simple exercises.
When you experience:
- regret: try to remember what you have achieved and not what you failed to do, or concentrate on the cause of the failure and figure out what you can actually change or do to avoid doing the same thing in the future.
- anxiety or fear: try to transform these emotions into courage, and commit to living and fighting for what you want.
- rage: this negative emotion is difficult to manage, but you need to try to re-channel this energy into achieving positive goals (sport, starting a business or a club, volunteering, etc.)
2) Stop the continuous flow of news
TV, radio, PC, mobile: the list is never ending and we are “contaminated” by a continuous flux of information. The constant bad news is often nothing but a headache, if it doesn’t cause depression. Stop following the mainstream mass media for one month, and you should start to feel better. Afterwards, limit yourself to only looking occasionally at the news, as it has a major influence on your thinking, particularly on your negative thoughts.
“We are what we think. All that we are results from our thoughts. With our thoughts, we build our world” (Buddha)
3) Take stock at the end of the day
Every evening, take out a notebook and write down 5 positive things that happened during the day. This exercise forces you to think positively and teaches you to see the positive things around you and in your life.
4) Appreciate life’s little pleasures
Every time you experience something positive, take note of it, and try to fill your mind with these kinds of positive thoughts.
5) Get moving and get involved!
Some people report that they tend to “overthink”. Be aware that the more you think, the less connected you are to the physical world, the Earth. And the less connected you are to the physical world, the less happy you will be.
Ensure you participate in sporting, cultural or voluntary activities, regardless of what kind, to keep you in physical shape and to make and maintain social links. Training your body and focusing on your performance will rid your mind of negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. What’s more, physical activity releases endorphins, man’s pleasure hormone.
“A healthy mind in a healthy body!”