Yesterday I was listening to my son’s latest podcast, The Unconventional Education Show. Episode 40, The $1,000,000,000 Secret. Please give it a listen.
Here are the stats he shared.
Every single day we have 12 to 60 thousand thoughts.
95% of those thoughts are the same thoughts we had the day before.
And, here’s the kicker. 80% of those thoughts are negative.
So it got me thinking, Let’s change those numbers.
You see, negativity is bad for more than just the obvious reasons. It can adversely affect your physical health too. And on the flip side, a positive mindset can go a long way in helping people recover from an illness.
Whether your negativity originates from criticism, insecurity, or life events, understand that your negative thoughts have become a habit.
The GOOD news about habits is that YOU made them, so YOU can break them!
If you have fantastic insurance and low co-pays, see a therapist. Better yet, try my natural home remedy. It works!
And it all starts with a S.M.I.L.E.
S ~ Smile
Whether you feel like it or not, do everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) with a smile on your face. Wash your face, brush your teeth, and put a smile on your face. Whether you are talking on the phone, sending a voice text, folding laundry, or cooking dinner, smile. Smiling won’t keep your pasta from boiling over, but it guarantees a better mood for you and the people around you.
M ~ Mindfulness
It’s impossible to fix something you aren’t aware of. Notice the look on your face, your posture, and the words you speak. Smile, stand up straighter, and speak with an upbeat and positive tone—work from the outside in.
I ~ Improve
Pick one negative thought and trash it! Then move on to the next. The goal is to improve a little bit more every day.
L ~ Laugh!
What else?! Laughing shifts your perspective and helps you see the light side of things. When you have a negative thought, laugh at it. Seriously, laugh out loud. A forced laugh can turn into a belly clutching laugh if you keep at it. And the next time that particular negative thought crosses your mind, you will associate it with laughter, and it will lose its power.
E ~ Explore
Once in a while, I suggest taking a negative thought and tracing it back to its roots. When we shine a light on something that has power over us, it gets diminished.
Don’t save your smile for the camera. Smile for your health and happiness.