Positive thinking is much more than just a soft and fluffy feel-good term. It's one of the most powerful resources you have available to you.
Researchers surveyed hundreds of thousands of people about what they have, what their lives are like, and how happy they are. They have found that:
People who experience the greatest amounts of happiness are the ones who think more positively. (1)
In theory this sounds amazingly simple. Think positive thoughts and you will be happy. If we all lived in a fairytale then perhaps this mantra alone would do the trick. But, unlike in Peter Pan, our lives are a bit more complicated, and our human minds are too. Let’s dig a little deeper into how our minds work.
The human mind is a magnificent thing. It’s also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to do the things we know are good for us. This is because the mind does not like discomfort and change.
According to scientists, each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day. Surprisingly, 95 percent of those are the same thoughts you had yesterday, and the day before, and the day before that. For the average person, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative.
This means that most people have more than 45,000 negative thoughts each day. This happens because our brain is hardwired to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones. This was a useful survival instinct in the days when we were being chased by animals trying to kill us. (2)
Of course, in our modern life we don’t have to worry about being put in life-and-death situations like this. Yet, our mind is still programmed to respond in the same way.
Over to you:
Do you ever catch yourself thinking about a new dream, a new goal, or a new opportunity and almost immediately consider all of the negative things that could possibly happen?
It’s important that we learn to spot such negative thinking patterns and squash them like little bugs. Neuroscience has shown that we have the mental capabilities to do so. The best way to do this is to make positive thinking a habit.
As the Dalai Lama once said:
‘The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful.’
This journal was designed for that purpose.
If you use the 100-Day Journal daily you will start to give optimism, positive thinking, and positive questions a lot of importance and focus in your life. By doing so, these positive approaches get sealed in the brain and your mind will automatically be conditioned to bring up more positivity.
It’s not that we are going to wake up one day in a perfect world in which we don’t have negative thoughts anymore.
But with the 100-Day Journal you are provided a tool to give positivity more of your priority, more of your energy, and more of your focus. It’s up to you discipline your mind to work for you instead of against you.
Keeping this journal every day is one of the simplest, yet most incredibly effective ways to make positive thinking your prevailing attitude towards life.
Remember that day? You know the one. The one you can’t remember anything about, yet you remember that you went to bed that night thinking it was just the most awesome day? What was it that made that day so phenomenal? What did you do, feel, sense, experience, or contribute that day? Who did you connect with?
A lack of a good night’s sleep can be a major drag on our happiness. If we don’t get enough sleep, our cognitive abilities throughout the day drop, our motivation drops, our stress goes up, and we tend to make worse decisions.