Positive Thinking / 6 posts found

5 Ways to Drive Away Negative Thinking

Remember those scenes from The Exorcist where the priest tries to drive the ghost out of the possessed child? Driving away negative thoughts doesn’t require as much effort, but it can be a pretty serious battle. You can’t just tell them to be gone, but instead, need to develop a longstanding strategy for driving them away and keeping them out for good. #1: Admit you have a problem. It can be downright impossible to do self-reflection on this topic because we often don’t pay attention to your own words or body language. One helpful way to gauge your level of […]

7 Ways to Overcome Self-Defeating Behavior

We tend to think that most opposition comes from around us—a complaining spouse, a controlling boss, a road-raging driver—but rarely do we acknowledge the truth of the matter: we are often our own worst enemies. Here are a few ways to stop self-defeating behavior. #1: Let go of victory. It’s nice to win, but you don’t have to win all the time. The lust for victory can often lead a person to keep chugging along a path of stupidity, wastefulness, and recklessness. On the other hand, sometimes it’s good to admit defeat and win a lesson instead. #2: Stop trying […]

6 Tips for Finding Optimism

Optimism…it’s a four-syllable word that can be harder to find than diamonds in South Africa. But believe it or not, you too can tap into the earth of your surroundings and dig up a rich store of feel-good. Here are a few ways to do that. #1: Find laughter. These days, it isn’t hard to find. With Youtube and social media, there is no shortage of memes, videos, vines, and more to get you crackalackin. You could also rent a funny movie, watch stand up comedy, or hang out with funny people. Laughter will lead you to smile, and smiling […]

5 Ways to Drive Away Negative Thinking

Remember those scenes from The Exorcist where the priest tries to drive the ghost out of the possessed child? Driving away negative thoughts doesn’t require as much effort, but it can be a pretty serious battle. You can’t just tell them to be gone, but instead, need to develop a longstanding strategy for driving them away and keeping them out for good. #1: Admit you have a problem. It can be downright impossible to do self-reflection on this topic because we often don’t pay attention to your own words or body language. One helpful way to gauge your level of […]

5 Ways to Declutter Your Mind

When it comes to decluttering your home, there’s a simple solution: put everything on eBay (this is a bit oversimplified, but it’s possible, isn’t it?). Yet, when it comes to decluttering your mind, it’s not really possible to unload your thoughts onto eager internet buyers…or is it? Here are a few ways to declutter your mind. #1: Declutter your space. We are what we eat…and what we see. While people may argue about whether or not violent movies can raise a generation of messed-up, angry kids, let’s just err on the side of caution and declutter the space around us. […]

6 Defense Mechanism You Don’t Even Know That You’re Using

There are some pretty amazing defense mechanisms in nature. Sea slugs squirt out their own intestines to make a veiled escape. Birds like peacocks and turkeys ruffle their feathers. Small animals like bugs and frogs carry poisons and colors on their backs to scare away predators—or punish stubborn ones. But when it comes to people, there may be a few defense mechanisms you’re using yourself that you barely recognize. #1: Denial: Sometimes an event or circumstance is so cataclysmically devastating, we just tune it out, and don’t even know we’re doing it. You can become aware of your denial when […]