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10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy

10 Tips to Overcome Negative Thoughts: Positive Thinking Made Easy | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Negative thoughts drain your energy. The more you give in to them, the stronger they become. Here are a few tips to turn your negative thoughts positive. (Thinking #positively can change the way you live your #life.

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We get what we expect to get - so expect in the positive!!

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John Michel's curator insight, September 20, 2013 4:35 AM
Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become. I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.
Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 20, 2013 10:39 AM

"...I like the imagery of a small ball rolling along the ground, and as it rolls, it becomes bigger and faster.

That’s what one small negative thought can turn into: a huge, speeding ball of ugliness. On the contrary, a small positive thought can have the same effect blossoming into a beautiful outcome.

I’d like to share with you an example of how one small thought can turn into a very negative experience.

For the last ten years, I have lived on my own. Obviously during this time, I’ve grown accustomed to living in a particular way; I have my routines with cooking, cleaning and living happily in my place.

My boyfriend of two years who I have had a long distance relationship with will soon be moving here and we will be living together. Lately, I’ve had negative thoughts of moving in with him knowing that my living routine will have to change and we will have to create a new routine together.

Unfortunately, I’ve already jumped into the future and have had thoughts that we will not be able to come up with a living arrangement that will make us both happy. In my mind, I have seen myself already getting angry about our cooking and cleaning situation.

He came for a surprise visit this past weekend and boy, was it a surprise for him. We had a miserable weekend together. I did not enjoy his company because I was already angry with him and he was confused and equally frustrated with me. What could have been a really fabulous weekend ended up being a painful and heavy weekend.

When we start to have negative thoughts, it’s hard to stop them. And it’s much easier said than done to shift your focus to positive thoughts. But, it’s the only way—especially if you want to avoid going down a path that is painful and unnecessary.

Here are 10 things I did to help overcome my negative thoughts that you can also try:

1. Meditate or do yoga.

One of the first things I did was head to a yoga class. It took my focus away from my thoughts and brought my attention to my breath. Yoga is also very relaxing which helped ease my mind. Yoga helped me stay present to my experience so instead of jumping to what could happen, it brought me back to the now—the only moment, the most important moment.

2. Smile.

I didn’t do much of this during the weekend so I literally had to bring myself in front of a mirror and force myself to smile. It really does help change your mood and relieve stress. I also felt lighter because it takes fewer muscles to smile than to frown.

3. Surround yourself with positive people.

I called a friend who I knew could give me constructive, yet loving feedback. When you’re stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won’t feed your negative thinking.

4. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.

For example, instead of thinking We are going to have a hard time adjusting to our living situation, replace that with We will face some challenges in our living situation, but we will come up with solutions that we will both be happy with.

5. Don’t play the victim. You create your life—take responsibility.

The way I was thinking and acting, you would think I was stuck. Even if our living situation becomes unbearable, there is always a way out. I will always have the choice to make change happen, if need be.

6. Help someone.

Take the focus away from you and do something nice for another person. I decided to make a tray of food and donate it to the Salvation Army. It took my mind off of things and I felt better for helping someone else.

7. Remember that no one is perfect and let yourself move forward.

It’s easy to dwell on your mistakes. I felt terrible that I acted this way and that I wasted our weekend. The only thing I can do now is learn from my mistakes and move forward. I definitely don’t want to have a weekend like that again.

8. Sing.

I don’t remember lyrics very well and it’s probably the reason that I don’t enjoy singing, but every time I do sing I always feel better . When we sing, we show our feelings and this provides an amazing stress relief.

9. List five things that you are grateful for right now.

Being grateful helps appreciate what you already have. Here’s my list: My cats, health, a six-week trip to Asia, a new yoga class that I’ll be teaching, and for my mom’s biopsy coming out clean.

10. Read positive quotes.

I like to place Post-It notes with positive quotes on my computer, fridge door and mirror as reminders to stay positive. Also, I’d like to share with you a quote by an unknown author that was shared in a meditation class that I attended:

 

Watch your thoughts, they become words.Watch your words, they become actions.Watch your actions, they become habits.Watch your habits, they become your character.Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

 

 
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Comforting letters to unknown recipients spread in Finland

Comforting letters to unknown recipients spread in Finland | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The Letter for a Stranger campaign, begun in Helsinki last spring, will be on display during the Helsinki Festival at the KoeHelsinki Trash Pavilion. The anonymous letters are meant to comfort people experiencing stress, depression or loneliness.

Via Sandeep Gautam
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Interesting experiment in paying it forward!

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, August 21, 10:32 PM

Just like 'Pay It Forward', the 'Letter to Stranger ' looks like a cool application of positive psychology principles to bring about needed changes in people's attitude and feelings of connectedness.

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What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Intelligence

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Intelligence | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The number of features a child draws into their sketch of a person may say a little something about their intelligence

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5 Everyday Practices to Living the Good Life

5 Everyday Practices to Living the Good Life | Positive futures | Scoop.it
  While growing up I often would ask questions about things that perplexed me and my dad often answered me with, “life doesn’t come with an instruction manual.” As a kid I would just look at him still perplexed as he would go back to reading his newspaper, as a teenager I would scowl at …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 3:16 PM

The endless practice of being and becoming who we are is ongoing. I wonder what that means in teaching and learning?

 

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An 8-Year-Old Just Left Me Speechless With His Perspective On A Tragic Situation

An 8-Year-Old Just Left Me Speechless With His Perspective On A Tragic Situation | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Words can barely begin to describe what this young boy has gone through, but he's found some super deep and powerful ones to give us an idea.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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Powerful - we can be so guilty of stereotyping in such situations, this  young man gives the lie to that!

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20 Life Lessons Everyone Can Master By The Age Of 40

20 Life Lessons Everyone Can Master By The Age Of 40 | Positive futures | Scoop.it
By age 40, you've mastered these 20 life lessons! Learn how to take these lessons and continue to thrive for years.
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I'm way over 40, but these lessons are still relevant!

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How Practicing Makes Your Brain Better

How Practicing Makes Your Brain Better | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A lot of contemporary neuroscience has focused on the importance of practice when it comes to honing your talents. In general, we all understand that practice improves our ability to play the viola, hit a golf ball, prepare tasty meals, etc.

Via Jocelyn Stoller
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"The more I practise, the luckier I get!" ~ Gary Player

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OPINION: Why Modern Learners Need a New Set of Skills

OPINION: Why Modern Learners Need a New Set of Skills | Positive futures | Scoop.it

"Currently, there seems to be a gap between what our schools and universities teach and the lifelong learning skills students must learn to master on their own. And yet, the need for students to master lifelong skills has never been greater."


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The skills that will serve you throughout life don't get examined formally - but they do affect, daily, your ability to deploy the ones that do!

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Schooling the World (2010) | Watch the Full Documentary Online

Schooling the World (2010) | Watch the Full Documentary Online | Positive futures | Scoop.it
66 minutes | If you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it? You would change the way it educates its children.

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Give me the child...

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6 Ways Leaders Can Earn And Keep Trust

6 Ways Leaders Can Earn And Keep Trust | Positive futures | Scoop.it
You can’t control much about others, but you can take these six steps to earn the badge of “trustworthy”—at least in most people’s eyes.
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Trust, important for leaders but also a potentially huge blocker for people who aspire to be leaders.  Good advice here! #RelationshipCapital @RobPeters

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Emotional Development. Six ways to develop emotional awareness

Emotional Development. Six ways to develop emotional awareness | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Six techniques for daily emotional development (RT @DerikMocke: Emotional Intelligence: Six ways to develop emotional awareness - http://t.co/asBaoC12es #EmotionalIntelligence #EQ)...
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6 types of learners, Which one are you?

6 types of learners, Which one are you? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Did you know there are 6 different types of learners? Determining which type of learner you are can significantly boost your chances of performing better when it comes to exam time. Familiarizing yourself with your own best practices for study is crucial for retaining information in a particular subject.

 

Above are six brief descriptions on the 6 types of learners there are, which one are you?


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What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like? - Thinkers 50

What Will the Chief Executive of 2040 Look Like? - Thinkers 50 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

By 2040 we estimate that women will represent some 30 percent of the incoming class of the top 2,500 global CEOs. And that proportion will only increase over time.

To punctuate the rise of women leaders and to help personify the challenges CEOs will encounter by the middle of this century, we have envisioned a prototypical chief executive of 2040. We call her Melissa. She was born in the 1980s or ’90s; in 2014, she is likely in graduate school or the early stages of her career.

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What might the  path to the 2040 C-suite look like?

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Three Questions that Will Change Your Life!

Three Questions that Will Change Your Life! | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Tony Robbins, American life coach, self-help author and motivational speaker has studied several successful people all around the world and he came to a conclusion that

“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

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"A great question is like a master key that can open multiple doors. A question not asked is a lost opportunity." ~ @Tal Shnall

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The Personal Brand in Driving Success

The Personal Brand in Driving Success | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Defining your proposition and message, and living up to it, will contribute powerfully to your career progression. And when you get to the top, don’t think you need to change your approach.  Brands exist in the hearts and minds of the people who use them, and if you suddenly try to change them, you alienate the customer, which doesn’t do you an awful lot of good.


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Nice model of the personal brand we all have (whether we like it or not) - make it intentional!

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Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively

Six Channels of Influence: How to Navigate Them Effectively | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The question is how do we discern what different patterns of influence are in an organization to better prepare ourselves to negotiate and make an impact? In their recent book The Art of Woo* authors G. Richard Shell and Mario Moussa state there are 6 Channels of Influence in any organization.


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To get on in organisations, you need to navigate the political channels, whether you like it or not.  Don't diss it as beneath you, but do it honourably. #RelationshipCapital, @Rob Peters

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities

Systems Thinking and the Future of Cities | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


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In Brief

The idea that nothing exists in isolation−but only as part of a system−has long been embedded in folklore, religious scriptures, and common sense. Yet, systems dynamics as a science has yet to transform the way we conduct the public business. This article first briefly explores the question of why advances in systems theory have failed to transform public policy. The second part describes the ways in which our understanding of systems is growing−not so much from theorizing, but from practical applications in agriculture, building design, and medical science. The third part focuses on whether and how that knowledge and systems science can be deployed to improve urban governance in the face of rapid climate destabilization so that sustainability becomes the norm, not the occasional success story.


Key Concepts

Reducing wholes to parts lies at the core of the scientific worldview we inherited from Galileo, Bacon, Descartes, and their modern acolytes in the sciences of economics, efficiency, and management.The decades between 1950 and 1980 were the grand era for systems theory. However despite a great deal of talk about systems, we continue to administer, organize, analyze, manage, and govern complex ecological systems as if they were a collection of isolated parts and not an indissoluble union of energy, water, soils, land, forests, biota, and air.Much of what we have learned about managing real systems began in agriculture. One of the most important lessons being that land is an evolving organism of interrelated parts soils, hydrology, biota, wildlife, plants, animals, and people.The challenge is to transition organized urban complexity built on an industrial model and designed for automobiles, sprawl, and economic growth into coherent, civil, and durable places.A systems perspective to urban governance is a lens by which we might see more clearly through the fog of change, and potentially better manage the complex cause and effect relationships between social and ecological phenomena. The application of systems offers at least six possibilities to improve urban governance.

 

A system is an interconnected set of elements that is coherently organized in a way that achieves something . . . . [it] must consist of three kinds of things: elements, interconnections, and a function or purpose.
—Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems1

 

A system [is] (a) a set of units or elements interconnected so that changes in some elements or their relations produce changes in other parts of the system, and (b) the entire system exhibits properties and behaviors that are different from those of the parts.
—Robert Jervis, Systems Effects 2

 

One of the most important ideas in modern science is the idea of a system; and it is almost impossible to define.
—Garrett Hardin, The Cybernetics of Competition3

Tobias Beckwith's curator insight, August 16, 10:45 AM

One of the things that gives real wizards their "powers," is the ability to see the world as systems within systems within systems... and then finding the leverage points, where a small action in one part of the system might cause a very large response elsewhere...

 

This post and article discuss that whole idea in a bit more depth. I found it to be a good read.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, August 19, 11:08 PM

Non-linear futures.

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40 Maps That Explain The Internet

40 Maps That Explain The Internet | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The internet increasingly pervades our lives, delivering information to us no matter where we are. It takes a complex system of cables, servers, towers, and other infrastructure, developed over decades, to allow us to stay in touch with our friends and family so effortlessly. Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet — where it came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world.


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Very useful information in the social era in which we live!

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Villubicae's curator insight, August 19, 5:43 AM
Interestant OF course and for any reasons
Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, August 19, 6:38 AM

Cuarenta Mapas que explican Internet.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 21, 8:50 PM

Here are 40 maps that will help you better understand the internet

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The Beginner's Guide To The Internet Of Things - Edudemic

The Beginner's Guide To The Internet Of Things - Edudemic | Positive futures | Scoop.it

What does ‘the internet of things’ mean, anyway?


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It's going to affect us all, whether we like it or not...

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 17, 9:10 PM
Nice info graphic and explaination
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The Future of Work – A journey to 2022

The Future of Work – A journey to 2022 | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Tremendous forces are radically reshaping the world of work as we know it. Disruptive innovations are creating new industries and business models and destroying old ones. New technologies, data analytics and social networks are having a huge impact on how we communicate, collaborate and work. Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of yet.

This report takes you on a journey to 2022 and explores how the changing business landscape will impact your people management strategy. What path will you take?

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What will the future of work look like for businesses, workforces and HR? How will you make sure you are not swept along into 2022?

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The Countries Where Youth Are Doing The Best And The Worst

The Countries Where Youth Are Doing The Best And The Worst | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Which countries are the best for people under 25--who now make up half the world's population?

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You can either see this as places to move to or challenges to solve where you live!

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The Classroom of the Future

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Very interesting!

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Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders

Cool It With Cunning – It’s Emotional Intelligence That Drives Good Leaders | Positive futures | Scoop.it
I used to work with a woman I am honest-to-God convinced is evil. I know that some people are uncomfortable with words like “good,” “bad,” “wrong,” and “evil,” but this … (Miss this?
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How to get motivated, according to science

How to get motivated, according to science | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Research says to stop being so rational. Get those emotions going instead.

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Self motivation - now you know..!

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 17, 6:09 PM

(From the article)" Surround yourself with people you want to be and it's far less taxing to do what you should be doing.


In his excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg says: "When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real."

The Longevity Project, which studied over 1000 people from youth to death had this to say:

The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change. [The Longevity Project]

And the research on friendship confirms this. From my interview with Carlin Flora, author ofFriendfluence:

Research shows over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits, and even career aspirations of those around you. If you're in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you'll take on that same sense of seriousness.

Gloria Miele, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 18, 7:58 AM

Get excited!! 

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Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – #Knowledge

Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – #Knowledge | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0


Via Guillaume Decugis, Kenneth Mikkelsen, Ricard Lloria
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Required reading for those interested in making a better world for self and others!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 19, 12:47 PM

Scoop.it co-founder Marc Rougier shares the company's research report and his valuable insight into the risks and opportunities of Knowledge 2.0 for organizations.


The implications are particularly important for internal communications and employee engagement. Recommended reading 9/10

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, July 19, 11:34 PM

Conocer o morir: riesgos y oportunidades del Conocimiento 2.0

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, July 22, 8:08 AM
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"Content curation is about sharing knowledge. By carefully selecting the right content and placing it in the right context, content curators transform information into knowledge. 

 

@Marc Rougier's post comes back on the results of our extensive survey on the status of knowledge sharing in the enterprise which measured how knowledge became a strategic asset for the enterprise - yet one that is largely underserved in terms of tools or platforms to manage its dissemination properly. 


"While there is consensus on the importance of sharing knowledge within organizations, current systems have not adapted to third-party content."


Here's how you can prepare your company to Knowledge 2.0."

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Young Professionals: Six Keys to Building Your Career

Young Professionals:  Six Keys to Building Your Career | Positive futures | Scoop.it

This week two new studies (one by The Economist and one by Quantum Workplace) highlight how rapidly young professionals' view of their careers have changed. While startups continue to be exciting and people desperately want to work for pre-IPO companies, research shows that most Millennials (under the age of 30) are starting to really mature in their career thinking.  


Josh Bersin offers 6 keys to a great career.

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People in their 20s rate "professional development" as their #1 issue in selecting a great place to work ~ Quantum Workplace research

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