Glass half empty or glass half full?

Posted by Karen Degen on 17th October 2012


The way we see life, whether positively or negatively, whether with gratitude or with disappointment, is a learned behaviour.  Because it is a learned behaviour or mindset it can be unlearned.  One of the things I do is teach my clients tools they can use to permanently change the way they think and therefore the way they see the world.

When you think a thought it creates a neural pathway in your brain.  Think that thought or think that way again and the neural pathway gets thicker. Every time you think a certain way the neural pathway thickens, so after a while it gets like a super highway up there.  Then your brain is automatically thinking that way without you even consciously choosing to do so!  To change this you have to think a different way for many weeks or months before the change becomes automatic.  When the new way of thinking becomes automatic you don’t even have to try to be positive, you just are. You don’t even have to try to be happy, you just are.  Even though it takes a bit of time the tools I give my clients to use are really easy and can be practiced during their everyday life.  They then have these tools for life and can share them with other people.    One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is to teach them how to think positively and have the mindset of a happy person.    Children of course don’t do what you say, they do what you do.  The best gift to your child therefore is to be a role model of positive thinking.

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