Until next week, I'll be basing my articles on this "12 Steps to Happiness" post.This is going to be a short post, because to me, it's an absolute no-brainer. On the premise of "DON'T THINK OF A RED BALLOON NOW" and assuming you are, here's an example of what positive thinking can do for you. For instance, say you want to lose weight and you tell yourself "this time is going to be no different, I'm going to fail like all the other times before." Does this thought make you want to chop up fresh fruit for a healthy snack? Didn't think so. What about "this time I'm going to follow the guidelines of a healthy diet, stick with it even if I get bored and see what happens." No pressure, yet a much more positive vibe and a can-do attitude, right?
If your best friend is in trouble, or you child needs encouragement, are you telling them "Honey, realistically? You'll never achieve your goals, so you may as well not even try." Do you? Then never mind. But if you don't - do the same for yourself that you do for your friends and your kids - be kind and encouraging. Don't be afraid to have discussions with that inner critic of yours, and if he or she keeps nagging and saying "this ain't gonna happen anyways". You can shut 'em up by thinking, "I can this, I want this, I do this."There is scientific proof that we can programme our minds by the very thoughts we think. Imagine a map, if you will, with all the roads on it, many of which you know because you drive on them every day. Well, your mind is like that map - there are hundreds of roads you haven't tried yet, so why not give them a go? Instead of going through Guiltville, take a detour through Patiencetown. Bad names, great concept - by not getting yourself down, you will find that you get to where you want to be much faster and certainly in a much better mood. You can choose what you think, you know, so why not make that choice a positive one?

If you're interested in further information on positive thinking and its proof, there are many resources out there on the web. Looking up Martin Seligman and his works is as good a start as any.

I'd like to leave you with a saying that I'm not sure where it's from -

Mind your thoughts, as they become your words. Mind your words, as they become your actions. Mind your actions, as they become your habits. Mind your habits, as they become your destiny.

Have a good week, see you next time.

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