Surround yourself with as many POSITIVE people possible. This concept may seem “easier said than done,” but it’s up to you to deflect all the negativity from your life. Think of your mind as a filter, every negative thought needs to be thrown out and replaced with a positive one. For example, rather than thinking work sucks, replace it with how can I make work more enjoyable? Or, the person next to me in the library is making too much noise and I can’t study, replace it with I can ask him/her to keep it down, if not, then I’ll find a quieter space to study.

Conversely, if you were to elaborate or keep pondering about your negative thoughts, your mind is going to go in a negative downward spiral, creating unwanted emotions of frustration, anger, hostility, and so forth.

This exercise creates a good, positive habit and gets you to take action. With any exercise, the more we do the better we get; PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – duh!!!

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