“THE HAPPINESS OF YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON THE QUALITY OF YOUR THOUGHTS,” SAID THE ANCIENT PHILOSOPHER MARCUS AURELIUS.
FROM A HEALTHY NUTRITION PERSPECTIVE, I ALSO AGREE WITH THE MODERN-DAY SAYING, “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.”
ALONG THOSE LINES, MY PERSONAL MOTTO IS: “YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK.”
Our thoughts are literally written all over our faces. Not only is it exhausting to think one thing and try to communicate something else to the outside world. Besides that, when your body language and your words don’t align, you come across as inauthentic.
THE PRINCIPLE: THINKING THE RIGHT WAY!
But when it comes to our thinking, what’s right or wrong? First off, there are no wrong thoughts. At the same time, it’s still important to question them! Especially if you have the feeling that your thoughts are bringing you down somehow.
The best examples are:
FOR EXAMPLE, THE SAYING “THAT’S JUST NOT DONE” IS ONE WE SHOULD THROW OUT LIKE AN OLD RAG. THE SAME GOES FOR COMPARISONS WITH OTHER PEOPLE. (FOR MORE ON THIS IDEA, SEE MY POST, BIO-AGE: THE MENTAL SIDE.)
THINK ABOUT IT:
- You’re unique and one of a kind!
- Be aware of this—and carry this awareness with you every day of your life!
- Love yourself, inside and out, with “no ifs, ands, or buts!”
- Treat yourself and others with kindness.
- Be open to what others say. You want the people you meet to enjoy being in your presence, even if it’s only for a moment.
WAGE A POSITIVE INNER DIALOG!
This isn’t easy, because our survival instinct, which we inherited from our early ancestors, still dominates our thinking, constantly prompting us to look for the worst in every situation. Thankfully, unlike our ancestors, most of us no longer have to deal with life-threatening dangers on a daily basis. Still, we have to continue to remind ourselves that we’re (usually) not in any immediate danger.
Over time, as we become more aware of our instinctive thought patterns, negative thoughts don’t disappear completely. But they do gradually lose their power over us, allowing positive thoughts to take their place. Little by little, we internalize a positive self-image, which we can carry with us wherever we go.
On average, it takes about 66 days to establish a new habit. If we break it down, we can achieve this goal in just 7 minutes a day!
7-MINUTES-A-DAY “TALK TO YOURSELF” EXERCISE:
(To get the most out of this exercise, repeat these phrases while looking in the mirror.
I feel great and at peace with myself!
Today I look good!
I’m unique and one of a kind!
Nothing can harm me—I’m independent and free!
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