Recently, I watched a funny, but inspiring Ted Talk in which the speaker discussed how to train your brain to be more positive. I thought the video was well worth watching if you have 12 minutes to spare.
Basically, what the speaker gets at is that spending a few minutes a day doing things like journaling, meditating or sending a complimentary email to a friend or colleague will rewire your brain to be more optimistic.
He said if you do the following activities every day for 21 straight days, your brain will scan the world not for the negative, but for the positive:
- Write three new things that you’re grateful for
- Journaling about one positive experience you’ve had in the past 24 hours
- Random acts of kindness, like writing that positive email.
Doing these things will create ripples of positivity and help reverse some of the doom and gloom we subject ourselves to on a daily basis when we read or watch the news. You can watch the full video embedded below if you’d like: