Positivity Post #2
The Power Of Positive Emotions on Opportunities [Part 2]
So we know from the last Positivity Post that when you are in a positive state of mind (experiencing a pleasant emotion) you are able to create more opportunities in a given situation. I’m no scientist, but this was proven in a real scientific experiment and it is true!
So now we know, positive feelings can make you a better thinker. It’s easy to know stuff though; the hard part is taking action. How do you think more positively when you need solutions? Here’s 4 simple things you can try so you can do this:
Breathe and pay attention to it – think of this as a quick, easy meditation. Slow deep breaths will help bring your heart rate down which will immediately make you feel more calm. Staying centered and in the present, by focusing on your breath, will help prevent your mind from racing down a negativity spiral.
Smile and think about what makes you smile – We’ve all heard that looking in a mirror, forcing yourself to smile can actually make you happier. Fake it ‘til you make it, right?! Well while you are pasting a fake smile on your face, go through a list of things that would naturally make you smile. This will only take a minute and with all of these happy thoughts, you will get happy!
Rephrase your thoughts - When you’re stuck in your head and it all seems to be negative thoughts, rephrase those thoughts to flip them around. Even if you don’t believe them, still rephrase them. This can turn your mood around and even give you a new perspective. For example: I hate sitting in traffic = Sitting in traffic allows me to listen to more good music on the radio!
Sing – No matter who you are, you know how good it feels to belt out a song when you’re alone in the car crusin’ down the highway. It may be embarrassing and out of place, but it will definitely make you feel better. Try it next time you’re standing in the slowest grocery store line and someone pulls out hundreds of coupons after they’ve already made their purchase.
Now that you have put yourself in a better state of mind, you’re feeling all warm and fuzzy, and you will be able to come up with more solutions and more opportunities for any situation you’re in.
Now these may sound simple, but we all know nothing is ever as easy as it sounds. That goes the same for this, it is probably not you’re first instinct to hold a smile you’re not exactly feeling when you get angry or frustrated. It will take practice to have things like this become a reaction when you’re in a situation that fogs your head with negativity. Give it a shot, get happy!