Train Your Brain to Think More Positively!

I did something today I haven’t done in a VERY long time. I bought a magazine! I know, I know…call me crazy, call me wacky, call me kooky, call me nutso…but it’s true…I did! I was in the airport gift shop and saw this BEAUTIFUL cover of Oprah Magazine and I just couldn’t help myself. I caved.

You see I used to be a “magazine junkie”. I literally could not miss a week buying “People” magazine and I had several subscriptions to fashion, home decorating and gardening magazines. But a couple of years ago I decided I needed to cut back on the time, money and paper that these magazines were taking up in my life and went “cold turkey”. 

So now it’s a rarity when I actually buy a magazine…but this one made me lose my head a little. First of all, it’s mostly pink, which definitely caught my eye. I almost hate to admit it, but I do like PINK. But then I got to looking at the titles of the articles in this issue and I was hooked! Basically the whole issue is about de-cluttering your life…something I am a huge fan of!

To make a long story, even longer…I bought the magazine and I haven’t gone through all of it yet…but there was one article I read that really resonated with me and was just what I needed to read right now. It’s titled “Learning How to Lighten Up” by Ellen Gibson and I found myself telling the hubster about it and then my sister came over and I had to tell HER all about it. So guess what? You’re next. :-)

Let me start out by saying I am posting this for ME as much as anyone…because I have NO room to talk on this subject. I have a terrible habit of focusing on the negative experiences I have in my life rather than reveling in the positive ones…but I have discovered that I’m not alone! As a matter of fact, did you know it’s our NATURE to fixate on bad news? There’s even a “technical term” for it that psychologists use. Negativity bias. It apparently goes all the way back to our “hunter-gatherer” days when survival meant always being on the lookout for DANGER. Interesting huh?  The problem is…while this may have served us well WAY back when…today it does us no good…in fact it’s harmful.

So…what can we do about it? Well, according to neuropsychologist Rick Hanson, we can actually TRAIN OUR BRAIN to become more alert to good information.


Here’s how it works: the next time you notice something positive about yourself or someone else, or something in your environment, try savoring it for at least ten seconds. That’s it! For example…you notice that the sun is shining. Instead of just filing that information away in the file cabinet of your brain…DWELL on it for awhile. Instead of just “the sun is shining”, allow yourself to savor the beauty of it and how it illuminates different things in your environment, how it feels as it warms your skin, how much lighter your spirit feels on a sunny day vs. a cloudy one. It might seem silly…but do it enough times and the good doctor says you will begin to feel a shift, because new thought patterns can actually change the physiology of our brains.

Well, that’s good enough for me! Starting right now….OPERATION TRAIN YOUR BRAIN has commenced.

Who’s with me???     :-)


Here’s a cute Free Printable I found online to help keep us focused! :-)


Comes in 16 different colors!


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  1. Jillian says

    I came across a talk about this very thing just the other day! I love the idea of retraining your brain to think more positively. There are so many benefits! Here's a link to the talk I watched about it. (I'm not a spammy troll, I promise! I read your blog all the time & love it.)