Learn to be a positive thinker in 3 minutes
Updated: Dec 10, 2018
There are a lot of factors that can interrupt your positive mantra in business (just think about the long hours, stress and uncertainty). That’s why we all need a boost of positivity – it makes us more productive at work, and helps our general wellbeing. Here, Appco Australia’s in-house gurus explain why being positive takes practice and we reveal how to generate more good vibes.
A product of evolution
Have you ever noticed that we naturally focus more on the bad stuff than the good? Well, as our gurus discovered, this is a scientifically proven theory called ‘negativity bias’. Yes, this mindset is something that has been passed through evolution and, thanks to our ancestors, we’re naturally attuned to thinking this way.
You see, back in the day (circa caveman era), survival in the wild was a major part of life – our ancestors had lots of predators and competitors to worry about (sabre-toothed tigers and cave bears…scary, right?), so thinking negatively helped our ancestors make intelligent decisions in high-risk situations. So, when you think about it, their bad thoughts actually turned out to be good ones – the likelihood of survival increased and so, here we are today.
5 ways to be a positive thinker
We know that being a positive thinker doesn’t always come naturally, and it’s something we all need to work on. Here are 5 tips to boost your positive mantra:
The art of distraction – our gurus have tried and tested this tip. Next time you feel an anti-positive thought approaching, intentionally distract yourself – stop what you’re doing at the time and think about something positive. This technique will help retrain your brain to switch off those negative thoughts.
Positive vibes are contagious – be selective and surround yourself with people who are positive and happy. Positivity is contagious, so you’ll be sure to catch it if you’re with the right people.
Show your work space some love – you spend a large amount of your time at work, so adding a few personal touches (within reason) to your work space can help keep you motivated and inspired.
Teach and help others – sharing your knowledge and/or professional skills with someone in the office will generate positive vibes, not just for you but also for the colleague you’re helping. Two for the price of one!
Smile – this one’s pretty simple, and is scientifically proven. In this study, psychologists found the act of smiling, even if not provoked by feelings of happiness, makes people feel good.