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If only we had a “happy” button. All we’d need to do is press it and we would instantly become happy.
Unfortunately, that’s not how life works and not every day is the same. Some days, you feel like you’re on top of the world. Other days, you don’t feel like getting out of bed.
While it’s easy to tell someone to cheer up and stay positive, we all know that it’s not easy to think positively when you feel like the world is working against you.
But just because it’s difficult doesn’t mean it’s not possible. There are plenty of ways you can train your brain to think positively. Here’s what you can do:
Try Changing Your Perspective
Changing your perspective isn’t easy but the next time you’re having a rough day, try looking at the glass of water differently.
If you’re upset because of something someone has said, think about it this way: maybe their intentions weren’t bad and they didn’t know how to phrase things properly.
Sometimes, people say things without thinking. If you feel that their tone is harsh, chalk it up to them having a bad day. This doesn’t mean that you should excuse their behavior. It just means that it’s better to talk to them when they’re in a good mood.
Explain to them how what they said hurt your feelings. Remember that communication is the key to healthy relationships.
Write Down How You Feel
Whenever you feel down, start jotting down your thoughts. You can write down about your day or about what’s bothering you. Remember that writing down what’s on your mind is a great way to release pent up anger and frustration, especially if you’re the type of person who doesn’t like sharing their private thoughts with others.
This will give you an outlet and allow you to express yourself freely, without the fear of judgment from others.
Count Your Blessings
One thing you can do is count your blessings. Sometimes, we’re so pre-occupied with the negative things in our lives that we forget about the people who love us, the opportunities we’ve had, and all the things we’ve achieved.
Write down 5 to 10 things you’re grateful for every day. You can even write down things you like about yourself. This will help change your perception and make you realize that there are plenty of good things in life.
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