Here are some tips from experts on how to give yourself an upbeat mental makeover.
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Studies show that you can improve your mood and overall happiness over the long term simply by listening to upbeat, major-key music for just two weeks.
Neuropsychologist and author Rick Hanson notes that in order to think more positively, it’s important to imprint positive experiences in your brain. When something turns out well, stop and savour the moment. “Hey, this is an opportunity to feel good,” he reminds us. “Don’t leave money on the table: Recognise that this is an opportunity to let yourself truly feel good.”
Susan Reynolds, a science journalist and co-author of the book Train your Brain to Get Happy, says that you can consciously interrupt gloomy urges. “Start by thinking happy thoughts, looking on the bright side, and refocusing your brain when negative thoughts occur.”