Positive thinking is not only essential for our own happiness, but could also do wonders for our career progression, not to mention the wellbeing of everyone around us. But how can we maintain it and what’s the best way to reduce negativity?
What's most important to realise is that happiness is not a mystery and is a work ethic. We have to train our brain to be positive, just like when we work out with our body. We not only need to work happy, we need to work at being happy.
Learning how to be positive can take some time, but it’s well worth the effort to train ourselves to think expansively and affirmatively.
One technique that Seligman has shown in his research to generate a long-term shift to optimism is simply write down 3 positive things every day and a strength that you have used, particularly in a different context than you would normally expect to use it. Practise this for at least 21 days and you’ll start to strengthen the circuits for the positive. Now put this back into work and notice the impact on your performance and how you manage day to day stressors.