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    To be more effective, learn to manage your emotions

    The more effective we are, the more fulfilled and happier we are. When we are effective in our work and personal life, we feel that we are in control of our lives. This makes us feel good, strong and capable. Our emotions play a central role when it comes to our ability to be effective. Therefore, we have to monitor our emotions and manage them well. Negative emotions make us feel bad and decrease our capacity to be effective. They can also, if not managed correctly, lead to self-pity and depression. Positive emotions, on the other hand, make us feel good, powerful and full of energy to do whatever there is that needs to be…

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    To improve your day-to-day life, practice optimistic self-talk daily

    Developing more positive and optimistic self-talk is crucial if we want to improve our day-to-day life. This will also help increase our happiness and overall sense of fulfillment. Quick tip! Practice optimistic self-talk daily. That way, you will develop a more optimistic attitude about life; and the more positive and optimistic you are, the better your experiences during the day are going to be.  

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    When feeling sad, observe your thoughts and give yourself time to get back to normal

    When we are feeling sad, the world seems like a dull and uninteresting place. We have no desire to do anything, and nothing makes us pleased. In such times, it is very important to understand that what we are feeling is completely normal. Everyone feels sad from time to time, this is a part of life. When feeling sad, we usually are practicing negative self-talk, and this makes the situation even worse. Quick tips to follow while feeling sad: Know that what you are experiencing is completely normal and try to relax. Observe the negative self-talk that goes on in your head. Do not try to force it to stop,…

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    To develop positive self-talk, start with baby steps

    Developing positive self-talk takes time and practice. At the beginning, it may look like a daunting task, especially if you have developed the habit of practicing negative self-talk. Old thought patterns need to be replaced with new – more positive and encouraging ones. In the process of developing positive self-talk, negative automatic thoughts should be replaced with more realistic and helpful ones. This all takes time and dedication. Quick tip! Do not force yourself to think only positive thoughts. Give yourself time. Changing your thinking patterns takes time. Start with baby steps and encourage each new positive thought! Do not be too harsh with yourself when negative thoughts arise in your mind. With…

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    For a positive and more productive life, stop black-or-white thinking

    Thinking in absolutes restricts us, makes us nervous and under pressure. Most of the situations and problems we are dealing with have shades of gray, it is just that we do not see them if we are practicing black-or-white thinking. Such thinking is harmful for our productivity, our outlook on life and can often make us sad and depressed. Quick tip! Stop black-or-white thinking and learn to see the shades of gray. This will help you become more productive, creative and live a more positive life as a whole. It will also help you feel less stressed and limited by your own thinking.  

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    To become a positive thinker, first become aware of your automatic thoughts

    The thoughts we think have a direct influence on the way we feel, and they also play a central role in our decision-making process. Therefore, it is very important to become aware of the automatic thinking that goes on in our heads. Identifying the negative and unhelpful automatic thoughts is critical if we want to stop negative self-talk and become positive thinkers. Quick Tip! Awareness is crucial for maintaining a positive self-talk. As much as you can, be aware of your automatic thoughts and, if there is such a need, correct them. In order to become a positive thinker, negative thoughts should be replaced with more positive and helpful thoughts.  

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    Always challenge your negative thoughts

    When dealing with negative thoughts, it is very important to realize that they are not facts and do not represent the truth. The negative thoughts that reside in our minds are just that: thoughts! Challenging our negative thoughts is a key factor to not falling into the trap of believing them. Quick tip! Always challenge your negative thoughts. This will make you see the whole picture,  help you feel better and encourage positive thinking. Ask yourself the following questions: Is this really the truth? Is this thought telling me the whole truth? Are there any other examples contrary to that thought? Is it true that each and every single time what is suggested…

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    Say STOP to the negative thoughts in your head

    To not engage in negative self-talk, you need to be aware of the thoughts that arise in your mind. Whenever you notice a negative thought, say as quickly as possible: STOP! I know what you are, you are a negative thought that is trying to get my attention, to make me follow you and believe you. This is not going to happen! I recognize you for what you are, you are not fooling me into believing you! I am not interested in you, you are free to go! I am a positive thinker, and I want to stay that way!  

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    For a positive life, make it a habit to count your blessings

    When we are grateful: we are happy, positive and practicing positive self-talk.  Quick tips! Count your blessings as often as you can. This will make your self-talk more positive, and you will be happy to live and eager to experience all there is in your life. The more grateful you are about your blessings, the more blessings you are going to receive. Count your blessings in the morning. This will give a positive start to your day. Keep a gratitude journal. That way, you will always be reminded of all the things you are grateful for in your life.  

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    To improve your self-talk, keep a thought journal

    Keeping a thought journal is not that usual, but it can be very useful to engage in such an activity. Why? Because this way you will be able to see and identify your predominant thinking patterns. Keeping a thought journal will allow you to figure out what it is that triggers your negative self-talk, and you will be able to prevent it from happening in the future. Here’s how to keep a thought journal: Whenever you notice a thought, write it down. Is it a positive or a negative one? Can you identify what made you think that thought? What were you doing at the time the thought arose in your mind?…