“I am in a slump.” “I am just being grumpy.” “I wish I didn’t feel so negative right now.”
All of these, or a variation of these, statements have come across our mind or out of our mouth at some point. Positive states of mind have been shown to fuel incredible results in our life and work in a number of ways. If you want to increase the amount of positive thinking & feeling in your life, researchers have found that you can do a few things each day that seem so basic as to make you wonder if they work. Sonja Lyubomirsky of Stanford and the University of California researched several ways that can permanently change affect if practiced each day.
Here are some of Sonja’s 6 tips for achieving more positive vibe.
The power of pictures! Grab your phone and snap a pic of something that brings you joy, love or makes you laugh. Check back at that picture during you day and week - the bump of positivity and happiness you get from it is amazing. As an added bonus, it forces you to lift your head out of a grueling work project or maybe a challenging time in your week to notice things that give your brain positive neurochemistry.
Keep a gratitude journal. We have said this before in our Plenty of research shows that people who write down a simple statement of something that happened to them that day for which they are grateful, maybe writing before retiring for the night, are more prone to a sense of wellbeing.
Do one thing each day that positively surprises someone else. Call up an old friend and say hi. Leave a post-it note on a colleagues computer screen saying thanks for the job they did on a project with you. Compliment someone on their traits like their intelligence, talent and how healthy they look.
Do mindfulness exercises or meditate. The point is to bring calm and focus to your mind; and to reset the stressor chemical cortisol. Every day.
Keep a laughter file. Take all the jokes and videos that friends and family inevitably send and stuff them in a file. Each day, read or watch a few.
Keep a file for things that warm your heart like YouTube videos or stories of people doing remarkable things. Visit those each day for a few minutes.