Increasing positive thoughts

Chapter 5 was all about learning to calm your negative thoughts. Now it’s time to focus on the positive.

The activities in this chapter will help you appreciate the good things in your life now, and the good things you may not have been able to appreciate in the past. It’ll then help you look forward to a happier future. Drawing on the findings of both CBT and the new science of positive psychology, we’ll explain how to boost your positive thoughts, mental images, feelings and behaviours.

Even the way we use our body can affect the way we feel. For example, research has shown that nodding our head, in comparison with shaking it, can make us feel more positive about a previously neutral object! If we ...

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