4 Positive Thinking Exercises To Increase Your Happiness

How many times during the day you feel sad, angry or frustrated? According to the psychologists, there are many things that impact your way of thinking and make you sad.

Luckily, studies show that there are some brain training exercises that make people happy.

These positive thinking exercises will avoid your negative thoughts and turn you to a kinder person.

Scroll down to see which are these brain training exercises.  

Which Are 4 Positive Thinking Exercises?

1. Enjoy Your Present

Martin Seligman, director of the Positive Psychology Network, emphasizes the importance of defining what a “good life” looks like to us.

Seligman recommends what is called the “beautiful day” exercise. The beautiful day exercise involves outlining how your ideal day would look like. Once you have your outline, put each step into practice while enjoying the present moment of each situation.

2. Listen To Your Favourite Music Whenever You Feel Sad

Whatever music puts you in a good mood, listen to it. Personally, this writer found relaxing, meditative music and “white noise” mixes to work wonders.

Good music has been found in all sorts of studies to increase the “feel good” chemicals in the brain.

So jam out!

3. Be Grateful For The Things You Have

It’s human nature to always think about the “next big thing” whatever that may entail.

Look at your own life. Have you ever constructed a scenario when the “ultimate happiness” would manifest?

“When I finish college, I’ll be happy.” “When I get that beautiful home…” “When I get the job I want…” “When I finally get the money I deserve…” When I get married…”

Make no mistake. These are all possibly beautiful things.

They lose their power to make us happy, however, when we forget about them! Practicing gratitude is so powerful because it’s a reminder of the things we already have. Further, it may remind us that we don’t need many of the things we think that we do.

Simple practice: write three things you’re grateful for every morning.

4. Don’t Forget To Smile

Flashing an ear-to-ear grinner has a particular type of magic.

Many studies show that smiling, whether or not we “feel” like it, produce “happiness” within the brain and body.

In a 30-year longitudinal study conducted at the University of California-Berkeley, researchers examined the smiles of students in an old yearbook and measured their well-being and success.

The researchers then hypothesized the following: how fulfilling and long-lasting their marriages would be, how highly they’d score on a standardized test of well-being, and how inspiring they’d be to others.

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