Choose the Happier Thought
The next time you’re faced with a challenging situation that gives rise to negative thoughts and bad feelings, find an equally true thought about the situation that makes you feel better and lean into it.
This doesn’t mean that you deny the negative it just says that you pay more attention to the positive part of the truth.
The classic measure of optimism, seeing the glass half full rather than half empty, is the perfect example of leaning into the equally true but happier thought.
Here is a real life example: Have you ever been on a deadline and thought, “I can’t get this done ontime”? The next time you are having this type of negative, self defeating thought, search your mind for positive thoughts that are equally true.
Such as “I always manage to get things done” “I can always seek help with this” The more I relax the more the ideas flow through me”
Lean into these Positive Thoughts and you will find yourself feeling better.
Adapted From Ladies Home Journal May 2008