You can’t think your way into acting positively, but you can act your way into thinking positively. – Nido Qubein
Though I believe you can think your way into acting positively, “acting” can be a great technique to help you think and be more positive. Let me explain.
Sometimes we just need a nudge, a little push towards being more positive. Most of us are closer than we might believe. You can’t get to a more positive state by complaining about something or anything for that matter.
If you are not in a good mood, try to picture in your mind’s eye, using your imagination, what you would do if you were more positive. How would you act differently? How would you interact with people? What would it be like at work? Would you do anything differently during your day? Would you start a project, learn something new or start a hobby?
Now, go out and do what you just imagined. Monitor your feelings while doing these activities. If your mood is not moving towards the positive, then try something else. While “acting” don’t forget to imagine how good this is supposed to feel.
It sounds crazy, but it works more times than not. Add this technique to your tool bag for getting to happiness.