Think of something bringing you down today. Just pick one thing interfering with you being in a great mood right now. If you're feeling great today, think of something that put you in a bad mood several times in the past.
Just pick one thing. Do this now... You have time (this is a short article).
Okay, now see if you can think of one thing you believe about it. What do you think is true about it?
Now ask yourself throughout the day today, "Am I SURE that's true?"
example, John has a pain in his knee and it is bringing him down today.
He believes it's a sign he's getting old. So he spends the day asking
himself, "Am I SURE it is a sign I'm getting old?"
Try this today. It's a simple technique. You can do it while doing other things, so it doesn't need to take much of your time.
is possible asking yourself if you're SURE it's true will make you feel
uncertain about your belief. This is a good thing. The uncertainty will
make you feel better. You might be surprised by that, but part of
what's bringing you down is a negative assumption you're making, and
when you put that assumption into question, the depressing effect of the
assumption is eased and lightened, so you feel better.
Even if you think you're sure about your assumption to begin with, keep wondering, "Am I really sure that's true?"
wonder. Don't try to think positive. Don't try to make yourself believe
something. Just wonder about it in a curious, interested way. I think
you'll be surprised at how effective this very gentle technique is at
improving your mood.
Adam Khan is the author of Antivirus For Your Mind: How to Strengthen Your Persistence and Determination and Feel Good More Often and co-author with Klassy Evans of How to Change the Way You Look at Things (in Plain English). Follow his podcast, The Adam Bomb.