Mindset matters: how to train your brain for happiness


Having a positive mindset is like having a superpower … it helps you to remain positive and motivated no matter what’s going on around you, giving your brain all the fuel it needs to live a life filled with happiness and success!

A positive mindset is having a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on an optimistic approach to life.  It isn’t about only seeing the good in every situation or seeing life through rose-coloured glasses.  It is about approaching all of life, the good and the bad, with a positive outlook.

Positive thinking doesn’t mean you avoid or ignore challenges and negative aspects of life.  Instead, it is about making the most of life, regardless of what you are faced with.

Positive thinking is not just a “feel good” approach to life; it has been shown to have tangible benefits for both physical and mental health. People who think positively are more likely to maintain good health habits, such as exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet. They are also better able to cope with stress and manage difficult situations and bounce back quicker when things don’t go according to plan.

While it is important to be realistic and prepared for the challenges that life can bring, a positive mindset can help you through those tricky and difficult times that pop up, especially when you’re not expecting them.  When you have a positive outlook, you see the glass as half full rather than half empty … or even better, you see the glass as refillable! You focus on the good rather than the bad. And you believe that things will work out in the end, even when they are tough.  It’s an entire attitude and approach towards life.

There are many benefits to having a positive mindset. People with a positive outlook on life tend to be happier and more successful than those with a negative mindset. They are also more resilient in the face of setbacks and less likely to give up when things get tough.

Research has shown that people with a positive mindset live longer, have better relationships, and cope better with stress and adversity. They are also more likely to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

So how can you develop a positive mindset? Here are some practical tips:

1. Practice gratitude.

Take a few minutes to think of things you’re grateful for every day. This could be anything from your health and wellbeing to your family and friends or anything from other areas of your life. Focusing on the good in your life will help you attract more of it into your life.

2. Be mindful of your thoughts.

Pay attention to the things you say to yourself. If you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts, stop and reframe them into something positive. For example, instead of thinking “I’m such a failure,” tell yourself “I’m doing my best and I’m learning and growing as I go.”

3. Focus on the present.

Dwelling on the past or worrying about future takes you away from what is going on in the present moment.  Focus on the here and now and make the most of every moment.

4. Surround yourself with positive people.

Spend time with people who make you feel good about yourself and who support your dreams and goals. Avoid negative people who bring you down and drain your energy. I call them ‘energy vampires’ … sucking the life out of you!

5. Take care of yourself.

Eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep are all important for maintaining a positive mindset. So too are other forms of self-care. When you feel good physically, it’s easier to feel good mentally and emotionally too.  They are all connected.

6. Be patient with yourself.

Change doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and practice to develop a positive mindset, but it’s worth it. Be patient and keep at it, and you’ll eventually see a difference in your thought patterns and your life.  You’re creating new neural pathways – consistency is the key.

Having a positive mindset is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It will improve your wellbeing, help you to achieve your goals, and make you more resilient in the face of adversity. Start practicing these tips today and enjoy the benefits of a sunny outlook on life.

Until next time, hugs & high-vibe happiness

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