What if there were 1 simple thing you could do each day to be more positive?

What if there were 1 simple thing you could do each day to be more positive?

Not surprisingly, I’m a fan of positivity.

But at the same time, I’m NOT a fan of TOXIC positivity.

That is, I don’t think anyone should expect to be or try to be happy and positive ALL the time.

But at the same time, that shouldn’t stop us trying to be happy and positive some of the time; in fact as much of the time as possible.

And the good news is there are things we can all do; things we can do and practice each and every day; things that are supported by science!

And this article by Jeff Steen via Inc.com proffers one…

We are what we say. Wait, is that how the saying goes?

Not quite, but there’s truth in it. If you want to be a more positive person, you have to start by talking like one. Here’s why, according to neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Newberg and communications expert Mark Robert Waldman:

“By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain.”

In other words, thinking (and speaking) in positive language will effect positive change — in behavior, ideology, and outlook.

The question is, how do you get that positivity going, especially if you tend toward the cynical?

By switching from consequence thinking to value and opportunity thinking.┬áThis doesn’t have to be complicated. It starts granularly, with basic tweaks to our everyday language. Here’s an example of a everyday sentence changed to be more opportunity-focused…

… keep reading the full & original article HERE