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✨ Today’s tip: When you’re having negative thoughts, ask yourself, “What would a happy person do?”
The one question that helps the writer Janine Davis shift her vantage point instantly: Whenever she’s having negative thoughts, she asks herself, “What would a happy person do?” And then she makes the same choice.
It sounds almost too simple to work, but there’s a scientific reason why it’s effective: You’re interrupting thoughts in the part of your brain that drives habitual behaviors, and moving those thoughts to your prefrontal cortex, where your decision-making happens.
Try your own version of the question for whatever perspective you’re hoping to gain. Ask yourself: What would a brave person do? What would a productive person do? What would a calm person do? Then do the same. Eventually, you’ll stop asking the question, because the person you’re imagining will be you.
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