19 Mar Raise Your Happiness by Adding Positive Thoughts
We can significantly increase our happiness by bringing more positive thoughts into our lives. Researchers measured brain activity and discovered that negative thoughts trigger the areas of the brain linked to anxiety and depression. Positive thoughts activate the brain regions that create relaxation and happiness.
Unfortunately for most people, 80% of their habitual thoughts are negative. Dr. Daniel Amen, a psychiatrist, and brain imaging specialist calls them ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts). To increase your happiness, it is necessary to squash the ANTs. The good news is that you have the power to do this. You can actually rewire your brain and strengthen the areas that stimulate happiness and positive feelings. My favorite technique to do this has two steps. First, you stop and notice the negative thought. Next, shift your focus and replace it with three constructive positive thoughts.
Let’s look at an example of what I am talking about:
The negative thought…I don’t know enough to give this talk.
The replacement thoughts…. I have been studying hard for this presentation; In the past, everybody loved my talks, and I am a good speaker.
As you start to consciously and deliberately interrupt your negative thoughts and reframe them in a positive way, you will notice the ANTs running away. It takes practice and time to master this seemingly simple technique. The results are worth it! I have seen remarkable changes in myself and my clients with this practice. So stomp out the ANTs and see your happiness grow