Constantly internalizing negative thoughts can be damaging to your overall well-being. Your thoughts impact how you interpret the world around you and how you feel about yourself. Regularly engaging in negative thinking patterns, also known as cognitive distortions, can lead to or worsen depression and anxiety, so it's crucial to work on overcoming negative thinking patterns. If you work on viewing life through a more positive lens, you can improve your mood and, therefore, are more likely to achieve happiness and reach your goals. This post discusses ways to stop negative thinking patterns and how to think more positively.
Cognitive distortions are thoughts that cause individuals to view reality inaccurately and can lead to worsening negative emotions such as anxiety and depression. Since the way you communicate with yourself can have a significant impact on your mental health, it's essential to understand your thoughts and thought processes....
How many books were you able to read last year? If it's more than four or five, how did you do it? How did you digest so many new narratives in a year?
While reading for some might be a relaxing past time, it is a good source of new information and inspiration for others. Do you look forward to spending a day doing nothing but reading? It would be nice if everyone had time for a reading day, but that has become such a luxury of which very few people can take advantage.
Developing your mental capacity to think and be creative can be done regularly through reading. With the right reading techniques and perhaps more time in your hands, you can surely keep your mind and imagination alive forever.
Whenever you ask those who read a lot for their secrets, they will tell you the truth. It's not about the speed. When it comes to reading, it does not matter whether you have read more than a hundred books in a year or...
Everyone wants to get what they want when they want it. When some of these people don't, they complain and expect everyone around them to find a way to make things better. Indeed, this is the age of self-gratification. There's no doubting that.
And while experts say that it is not the fault of just one person and that it's something that society has to deal with as a whole, it always pays to be responsible for your actions. Perhaps the first thing that you need to do is to ask yourself how to avoid temptation.
Although it may be easy to go on with what you have been used to, it is also essential to overcome it.
What is wrong about instant gratification? Why would you want to change your ways when it works well for you?
While it may be true that you only live once and you should enjoy life, it is important to consider what the future may bring.
Yes, life is short, so you must do anything and everything to...
How do you incorporate a good habit into your routine? Can you force yourself to develop good habits, or is it something that you naturally develop? Trying something new is always challenging in the beginning, but once you understand how you can keep doing it effectively, you can make it a big part of who you are.
Starting a new habit is always exciting. Whether it is starting on a new exercise plan or waking up early for a brisk walk, you know you can do it as long as you consider it exciting. However, several obstacles could get in the way. These obstacles make it challenging to stick to your new good habit. Should you give up?
Habit formation takes a lot of courage and enthusiasm. If you are trying to work on incorporating new habits into your system, you have to be prepared to experience disappointments. After all, expectations could sometimes lead to unfortunate encounters.
How much time do you spend with technology? If you spend at least 4 to 6 hours of your leisure time in front of your computer, tablet, or mobile phone, you are definitely hooked to digital life. Digital addiction has not only infected you, but it has affected practically everyone. The only real problem is that people who are suffering from this type of addiction are unaware that it is an actual problem.
Are you one of those who laugh at the idea of digital addiction because you have always associated addiction with drugs or alcohol? In truth, a person can be addicted to practically anything.
Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are just some of the social media sites that are designed to get you hooked. They use a kind of positive reinforcement that...
Sometimes the difference between people who succeed and those who don’t is very simple—how much they believe in themselves. Have you ever thought of how much your self-esteem and self-confidence can make a difference in your life?
Take a minute and think about it. If you don’t believe that you can do something, you won’t put as much effort into doing it. Without your all-out effort, your chances of successfully achieving what you want are significantly reduced.
More importantly, if you need help from other people to achieve your goals, then you should be able to convince them that you can do it. Believing in yourself is the first step to making others believe in you too.
Every successful goal you achieve will have one thing in common: you believed in yourself first.
A strong sense of self-confidence can may you reap a number of its benefits. It is a must...
What parent has not lost their temper whenever their kid misbehaves? It is nearly impossible for a parent not to lose their temper with their kids. Whether it is talking back, eye-rolling, or the constant complaining, children always seem to find a way and push their parent's buttons.
While parents would like to embody happy parenting, some also find it hard to manage their emotions. No parent is ever perfect in raising their kids, but everyone is trying their best.
How do you teach yourself to keep calm and stay cool and keep your emotions in check?
Losing your temper as a parent is defined as the point when you start yelling at your kids. When you resort to calling them names, throwing things at them, and threatening severe consequences for their actions like throwing them out of the house or going to bed without dinner, then you've lost your temper.
It is not surprising how a power struggle can happen between parents and...
There aren't many things you need in this life that others cannot provide for you. When you go to the grocery, you can easily buy fresh produce that others have grown for you. You come home to a house that other people built for you. And then there are things you need to learn that others will gladly teach you.
In truth, we have all become reliant on others for almost everything that we need--from the person who does our laundry to the waiter who delivers our food. But there is one thing that no other person can do for you, and that is to make you feel good or positive about yourself. That is something that only you can do. Though it might be true that the people around you could give you praises about how good you are or how pretty you have become over the years, those affirmations won't make you truly happy.
The only thing that you should be self-dependent on is how you can make yourself feel loved. True happiness comes from the emotional independence you have from others and the...
Was there ever a time in your life when you felt the urge to exercise but weren’t able to? Whether it was your unbearable schedule that made it impossible or your physical, mental, or emotional health, losing that urge to move around made you feel frustrated.
Do you feel like you are in the same boat today? While everyone knows all the exercise facts, including the benefits that it comes with, not everyone can move around and exercise seriously.
This fact of life is totally okay. In fact, if you miss out on a lot of opportunities for exercise, you live a life like everyone else. Not being able to keep yourself active through regular exercise has practically become a norm. It is not about you or what you do; it’s just that your circumstances have made it seemingly impossible to exercise.
But don’t lose hope! There will come a time when you will be able to exercise regularly. You will be able to take advantage of the ...
How can you teach yourself to be happy when you are in the middle of a crisis? How do you find happiness in your life when it seems as if nothing that you do is going right?
Going through rough times is part of growing up. In fact, those who think positively say that the problems that come along are there to teach them lessons.
And yet, sometimes, in this life, you will have troubles that make you want to put everything on hold. You will hope that you could stop what is happening and make a complete turnaround. You may want to stay in bed and sleep all day long.
You are not the only one wishing for things to change. Trials in life can indeed be very challenging. In times of hardship, all that you could hold on to is the hope that things will be better in the future.
Everyone has to go through the hardships of life. No one is exempt. In fact, some people go through life with worse conditions than you. Others have to deal with...