His mother sent him to the car alone and told him not to return until he thought of 10 positive things about that day. The boy was gone for most of the game but when he got back he was a different child. He thought of how beautiful the rain clouds were, how happy he was to have a car to sit in, how happy he was to have eaten pancakes for breakfast, etc. After that it became a tradition in that family to create a list of 10 positive things whenever anyone made a negative comment.
Create the same rule for yourself or even your family members. Whenever you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts blast them with 5-10 positive things about that particular day.
I need this. Are you ready?
This week track every negative thought or comment that you make.
- For each negative thought that you have think or (even better) write down 3-5 positive things.
- Take your family members, friends or even colleagues on board. It will improve not only your wellbeing but also your relationships with people around you. Consider it a fun challenge for a week.
- Share with me your positive thoughts that you came up with to beat your negativity (it's totally optional, but I think it will be fun for both of us.)
(excerpt from balanceinme.com)