Do you find yourself constantly expecting the worst? Putting a negative spin on daily situations is like looking at life through a pessimistic filter; it will change your thoughts and mood. Although seemingly simple, having a positive attitude can be harder than it sounds. Start with identifying negative thoughts and replace them with more logical thinking.
Here are some common patterns of negative thinking that can fuel depression:
Black or White Thinking – Looking at things as all or nothing. Just because something isn’t perfect doesn’t mean it isn’t good.
The Mental Filter – Focusing on the one thing that went wrong and ignoring all the things that went right.
Jumping to Conclusions – Assuming things won’t go your way because they haven’t in the past.
Labeling – Negative self-talk, like calling yourself a failure or loser.
Emotional Reasoning – Believing that the way you feel must be true of others too.
In order to live a happier life, redirect these thoughts and focus on the positive. Acknowledge times that you are letting negativity take over and set those thoughts aside. Ask yourself, is this thought rational? Is this something I would say to a friend? Be kind to yourself and celebrate small victories. Changing your thoughts and habits doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible.