You’ve heard it many times before: “It’s all about the mind.” Rather than letting your mind be on autopilot while going through your daily routines, you can start paying attention to your thoughts and change them to serve you better. getAbstract features a wealth of information on how to train your mind to become more productive, successful and happy. Here is a small sample:
Use your attention to guide your brain activity
As neuroscientist Amishi Jha explains in a TED talk, our minds wander about 50% of the time. We can get more of our brain simply by paying attention. We can use the brain’s attention system to consciously select what we want to focus on. A study conducted with a group of US marines has shown that mindfulness training strengthens our capacity to shift out of autopilot mode and use our attention to act as the “brain’s boss.”
“We can think of attention as the leader of the brain. Wherever attention goes, the rest of the brain follows.” – Amishi Jha
Work on your mental fitness
The brain is similar to a muscle: keeping it “fit” with plenty of stimulation and positive thoughts will improve your mental health and overall quality of life. In Manage Your Mind – The Mental Fitness Guide, cognitive therapy experts Gillian Butler and Tony Hope outline seven techniques to help you attain positive mental health.
“Your inner thoughts will help to determine your outer life.” – Gillian Butler and Tony Hope
Adopt an optimistic mindset
Research bears it out: optimists usually get farther in life than pessimists. Martin Seligman, known as the “father of Positive Psychology,” argues that, notwithstanding our natural disposition, we can all learn to adopt a more positive mindset by imitating the thinking habits of born optimists. In his classic guide Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life, he teaches how you can modify your internal self-talk and way of dealing with adversity to not only lead a more successful life, but also to protect yourself and your children from depression.
“Explanatory style has a sweeping effect on the lives of adults. It can produce depression in response to everyday setbacks or produce resilience even in the face of tragedy.” – Martin Seligman