If there was ever a year to have a bad attitude, 2020 is the one. The good news is that since 2021 is around the corner, it is an excellent time to practice overcoming negative thinking.
Studies show that repetitive negative thinking (RNT) can increase the risk of dementia and worsen cognitive function, which is reason enough to re-frame that attitude. You have at least 70,000 thoughts each day! It’s time to turn at least 10,000 of them into happy thoughts.
One way to turn those frowns upside down is to allow yourself ten minutes a day to focus on all the things that could go wrong. Indulge in negative thinking during that time and then stop. When a negative thought arrives during the day, write it down and save it for your negative period.
If there is an event that is eating away at you, write it down. Researchers believe that recording it on paper allows you not to dwell on it, and it also helps regulate emotions. Spend time with a happy person (you know, the one that bugs you;) with an open mind, you may find that a little of their exuberance will rub off you on.