Most of us have learnt to think in limiting or negative ways. We consider problems rather than solutions, and notice what’s wrong rather than what’s right. We do this without even realising it, and it is well engrained as a habit.
So to break it, we need to practice doing something different with our brains: noticing what’s right.
There are simple and enjoyable ways of undertaking this practice. Here are a couple for you to play with.
- Spend a few minutes thinking about the good points about your family, your work, and being the age you are. List at least ten good points for each category.
- Now think of one way you could add another point to each list by taking some action.
- And finally, think of a simple way you could show your appreciation for the gifts these categories bring into your life.
- Now decide to catch someone doing it right – your partner, child, friend or work colleague. Notice something they do which pleases you and tell them so.
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