Separate Fact From Fiction

Separate Fact From Fiction

  • Once you’ve taken a moment to slow down the negative momentum of your thoughts, you will be more rational and clear-headed in evaluating their veracity.
  • Evaluate your thoughts & statements to see if they’re factual.
  • Identifying and labeling your thoughts as thoughts by separating them from the facts will help you escape the cycle of negativity and move toward a positive new outlook.

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3 Powerful Ways To Stay Positive

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Identify A Positive
  • think about your day and identify one positive thing that happened, no matter how small.
  • Once you have identified a positive thought, draw your attention to that thought each time you find yourself dwelling on the negative.
  • This will come naturally after some practice, but first you have to give your wandering brain a little help by consciously selecting something positive to think about.

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Bringing It All Together
  • Above techniques have tremendous power because they train your brain to have a positive focus.
  • They break old habits, if you force yourself to use them.
  • Given the mind’s natural tendency to wander toward negative thoughts, we can all use a little help with staying positive.

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Reframe or divert

The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.

Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).

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How to Be a More Positive Person, According to Experts | Time

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