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Positive Thinking: 5 Superb Hacks For A More Positive Attitude

Science has proven time and time again that using positive thinking when working increases performance across the board (compared to working with a neutral or negative mindset). A positive attitude boost productivity by as much as 31%, as well as your creativity, willpower, energy, imagination and even mood.

Yet, positive thinking is one of the most misunderstood and unappreciated drivers of performance. Everyone looks for the latest app, or time management system, when a much happier (and easier) productivity-boosting solution is available: happiness.

If you ever wondered how to have a better attitude, this training is for you.

In this video you’ll learn 5 different, simple to implement, yet very effective ways to keeping a positive attitude. Master these and you’ll be a positive thinker with increased productivity in record time:

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This blog post is going to be the happiest one ever, because we’re going to talk about positive attitude, and how having a positive mindset will improve your productivity.  I want to give you 5 different ways, 5 different techniques that you can use today to actually become a more positive, a happier, more energetic person. You ready? Let’s get to it.

The (Reverse) Connection Between Success And Happiness

Science has proven over and over again that when you work with a positive mindset, your performance across the board improves compared to when you work with a negative or a neutral mindset. Your productivity goes up by 31%, your creativity goes up, your imagination, your energy, your mood – everything goes up.

Yet, happiness is one of the most misunderstood drivers of productivity and performance.

That’s mainly because many people see the relationship between success and happiness in a reverse way. You hear people say, “When I lose the weight, I’ll be happy” or “When I achieve this goal, when I make this much money, when I buy this car, then I’ll be happy.”

But what actually happens when you do achieve your goal?

When you lose a little bit of weight, you want to lose some more. When you make more money, you want to make that even more.

Your goals are always going to be a moving target, and when you tie your success to your goals, that’s a recipe for disaster.

In fact, a group of scientists went through more than 200 research papers and they found a direct causality between happiness and success: when you’re positive, when you’re happy, you’re going to get your success much, much faster. So instead of thinking, “Oh, when I’ll be successful, then I’ll be happy,” make yourself happy, and you’re going to get more productive, more successful, and the whole journey is going to be more enjoyable.

But how do you actually do it? How do you get into a positive mindset on a daily basis?

It’s much easier than you think… but you need to let go of the stigma of positive thinking.

In western society there is this misconception about positive thinking. People think that positive thinking is some form of brainwashing yourself, saying to yourself, “I can make it, I can do it, I can make it, I can do it,” until you actually believe it. And that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Positive thinking, having a positive mindset, being happy is a habit like any other. You need to develop it; you need to deliberately, consistently practice it, and then you become good at it. It becomes automatic. But you need to have a deliberate plan, you need to have a system, and you need to do it on a consistent basis.

And that is exactly what I want to show you, a system for being happy. I want to show you 5 different techniques that you can put to use right now to start becoming more positive, becoming more happy, and achieving your goals much faster. You ready? This is going to be very enjoyable, because all of these are super short, super quick to do. You can do them right away, and they’re going to boost your happiness almost immediately.

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#1 – What Are You Grateful For?

Every morning, before you start your day (or even as part of your morning routine), write down three things you’re grateful for.

Before you get to work, before you start with all the nonsense emails and calls and being stressed and overwhelmed, sit down, take a piece of paper, take 2 minutes, and write down three things you’re grateful for.

What are you grateful for? Is it your family, your kids, your parents, your job, your health, your house? Whatever it is. I’m sure there are at least three things you’re grateful for.

When you first do it, it might be a little hard. You might sit down and be like, “Wait, I’m not actually grateful for anything.” But I’m sure you’re going to find at least three things once you spend the time and the effort to think about it.

What that does is it puts your mind to think about things that you’re grateful for. It “forces” you to be more positive, because you’re thinking about the things that actually make you happy. Maybe you have a lot of money and that makes you happy. Maybe you’re super healthy, you exercise a lot. Maybe you have an awesome family. Whatever you’re grateful for, write it down. It takes 2 minutes (usually less), but it’s going to bring you so much joy because it makes you think about the good, positive things in your life.

At the beginning of your day, before you get to work, before you get to all the stress and overwhelm, sit down and write three things you’re grateful for.

#2 – Send A Thank You Note

After you’re done with your gratefulness, it is time to send a thank you note to someone.

Someone from your social circle, someone who just brought up your mood one day, a friend, a family member, it doesn’t really matter. Maybe it’s somebody super close to you, like your parents or your kids or your spouse. Maybe it’s the doorman, the person that you see every single day when you go to work, and he greets you with a huge big smile and makes you happy. Maybe it’s the store clerk or the barista at the nearest Starbucks, because they charge you up every single day when you get your coffee. Find somebody in your social circle who you want to thank, and send them a thank you note.

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Imagine how the day would look like for the person you send a thank you note to. Imagine they open their email expecting all these meetings and notes and whatnot, and then they see a thank you note…from you. A note that says, “Hey, thank you for being an awesome person” or “Thank you for bringing joy to my life.” Imagine what that will do to them. Imagine what that does to you.

You cannot help but smile, right?

Every morning, figure out somebody from your social circle who you want to thank, and send them a thank you note.

Taking it to the next level

Here’s a little bonus tip: actually write out your note by hand. Write it out on a piece of paper, stick it in the mail and send it. It’s going to be that much more impactful. Noone ever sends things by snail mail anymore (unless it’s Christmas of course). People are conditioned to receive bills and junk in their mailboxes so finding a hand written thank you note from someone will be quite the pleasant surprise for them.

But if you don’t have the time to go the extra mile, send the thank you note through email, through a message, through Facebook, whatever works best for you. It’s going to make people around you feel better; it’s going to make you feel a lot happier.

Doing this every morning forces you think about the people in your life that you’re thankful for. The people who bring you joy, who bring you happiness, who bring value to your life. Pick one person, send them a thank you note. Mission accomplished.

#3 – It’s Time To Exercise

Every day, put away at least 20 minutes for physical exercise.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to go to the gym, you don’t have to do some rigorous exercise.

You just need to move.

Go and walk around your office. Walk around your house. Go up and down the stairs in your condo building. Exercise does not need to be hard.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins in your brain that make you happy. Not only is this healthy for you, but it also makes you happy. It actives your brain. It raises your blood flow. You’re going to feel that much better and much more positive.

Here’s how your brain looks like when you exercise:

how a happy brain looks

And don’t even think for a minute to give into that little voice in your head that keeps saying that you don’t have the time to exercise!

Even the busiest of people can find twenty minutes in 24 hours for exercise. There are always ways to do it, you just need to put your creativity cap on and make it happen.

Go for a power walk with some of your colleagues during your lunch break. Park your car a few blocks away you walk to work for 10 minutes, then you walk back for another 10 minutes. Voila, you have 20 minutes. Actually go to the gym. Take a walk around your neighborhood. Whatever it is, take 20 minutes every single day and exercise. It’s going to make you feel good, it’s going to make you happy.

#4 – The De-Stress Power of Meditation

On top of your 20 minutes of exercise, spend 15 minutes in meditation.

If you are someone who meditates on a regular basis you already know how great it is. If you a skeptical about meditation as a whole because you think it’s only for religious lunatics, check this out.

Take 15 minutes each day, preferably at the end of it and just… relax. Get rid of all the negative thoughts, all the stress, all the emails, what you have to do, the meetings – all the stuff that you’re constantly thinking about. Spend 15 minutes without it.

Close your eyes. Don’t think about anything for 15 minutes. Concentrate on your breathing and nothing more.

At the end of your mini meditation session, you are going to fell much more relaxed. A relaxed mind is a happy mind.

#5 – The Power Of A Smile

The last technique to raise your happiness is the simplest, but the most powerful of all.

Smile!

Smile like you really mean it. Not just give a fake smile to a person in the elevator like “Hi, how are you?” I want you to really smile.

The Smile Loop

Smiling raises your happiness in a very interesting way called the “smile loop”. When you smile, you send a signal to your brain that says you’re happy. And when your brain senses that you’re happy, it makes you smile and the cycle continues and it makes you feel much happier.

Once you know the smile loop exists, all you need to do is figure out a way to jumpstart the process. Here are two ways you can do it:

  1. The “smile way” – any time during the day, get up from your desk and just smile for no apparent reason. Just grin from ear to ear. That’s going to make you a little bit happier, which is going to make you smile more, which is going to make you happier, which is going to make you smile more – and that is how you jumpstart the process.
  2. The “happy way” – close your eyes and think about a happy moment in your life. Maybe you were 4 years old and a funny thing happened. Maybe you recollect a funny story from college. Maybe it’s a joke that you read online or you heard from a friend. Figure out something that makes you smile. Vividly imagine it. Imagine you’re there. Imagine you’re reliving the same moment. That’s going to make you smile, which is going to make you happier, which is going to make you smile, and you jumpstart the loop.

Bonus tip: this is an extremely good technique before you meet somebody. Before any type of human interaction, whether it’s on the phone or in person – use one of the smile loop jumpstarts to put yourself in a positive mindset. It will make the entire interaction and the impression you leave in people, much more positive.

Now It’s Your Turn

That’s how you do it. That is how you get yourself to be happy, to be a positive thinker every single day in under an hour.

1) Write down three things you’re grateful for. It jumpstarts your day in a positive manner and it only takes a few minutes.

2) Spend another 5 minutes to send a thank you note. Once you send a couple of those, you’re going to feel so good, you’re going to get such awesome feedback from the other people, you’re going to make them feel so great that you’ll be hooked to the idea.

3) Add another 20 minutes for exercising

4) 15 minutes for meditation

5) You can practice the smile loop for a few minutes every day.

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All of this takes less than 1 hour, and this is time that you invest in yourself.

This is the time for you. If you spend 1 hour making yourself happy, making yourself a more positive person, it’s going to have a great impact. An impact on you, on your energy, on your productivity  and on everyone around you.

Now it’s your turn.

Question: what other techniques do you know for raising your happiness and positive thinking? What other techniques do you know to make you happier? Leave me a comment below.

  • http://thoughthouse.org/ Micah

    Some great points here. Especially the reverse connection between happiness and success. Eye opening stuff. Does it prove true regardless of personality type, cultural background etc? I keep reading how eastern cultures, China, Japan and others, tend to be motivated in different ways toward success.

    • http://www.highperformancelifestyle.net/ Kosio @ HighPerformance

      Thanks for reading, Micah! The tactics are more or less universal. Different people do get motivated in different ways based on culture, age, gender, etc, but the above 3 would work in 9 out of 10 cases. Let me know if you have any other questions.