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Just Say Yes

My aunt emailed me an inspiring article the other day: Words Can Change Your Brain. If you’re interested in how negative language affects your thoughts, then I highly recommend reading this article (c’mon, I can’t be the only psychology nerd here ;)). The article got me thinking about how easy it is to be negative. It even says in the article that it takes many more positive thoughts to eradicate a single negative thought. Even hearing the word “no” provokes anxiety. Additionally, the more one uses negative language, the more difficult it is to stop. I don’t know about you, but living my best life is important to me. This is something I say often, but then find myself allowing the naysayers to win. When I say “naysayers,” I definitely am not only talking about others, but myself as well. I am 100% guilty of getting in my own way from time to time and, you know what? I’m sick of it. I started to ask myself what I could start doing to be more positive. Here’s what I came up with so far:

  • Continuously remind myself of how far I’ve come rather than how far I have yet to go

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  • Write a gratitude list once a week and post it to the blog!
  • Continue exercising regularly (I fell of the wagon for a month or two and recently hopped back on)
  • Keep negative thoughts to myself
  • Get outside/say yes to more social engagements

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  • Verbally express every positive reaction that I catch myself having
  • SMILE 🙂

Last year, I did a project on Positive Psychology.  While there are some things I disagree with about Positive Psychology, the one part I liked was the gratitude exercise, which involves writing down three positive things every day. I’m really excited to start a weekly gratitude list on this blog in hopes of highlighting the best parts of each week. Who’s ready to live more positively? I know I am 🙂