There have been times when I find myself in a downward funk. When I am in this state of mind, the first thing I tend to do is complain. After a while I realize that complaining only makes things worse. I have found that it takes considerable effort and discipline to break out of a “complaining” rut.
But if you really want to shift from a downward funk to a happy, positive person here are three things you can do instead of complain. With these tips, you’ll find the faith, strength and confidence to take on life’s challenges and identify the solutions to your complaints.
- Practice Gratitude. Research shows that when we count three blessings a day, we get a measurable boost in happiness that uplifts and energizes us. It’s also physiologically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time. If you are focusing on gratitude, you can’t be negative.
- Praise Others. Instead of complaining about what others are doing wrong, start focusing on what they are doing right. Praise them and of course, point out their mistakes so they can learn and grow. …But make sure you give three times as much praise as criticism.
- Let Go. Focus on the things that you have the power to change, and let go of the things that are beyond your control. You’ll be amazed that when you stop trying to control everything, it all somehow works out.
If you do just one of these, I think you will be astonished as to how quickly your day will change around!
Have a great and positive day!
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By Lynn Huber
p.s. “Imagine a drug that causes you to live eight or nine years longer, make $15,000 more a year, be less likely to get divorced,” says Martin Seligman, who started the positive psychology movement almost a decade ago. “Happiness seems to be that drug.”
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