Many people struggle through life wondering how to be happy. One secret they can use is to start their day off right by priming their mind with positive thoughts. Rather than jumping headfirst into stress or reading materials that tend to be depressing like news media, we can first get in the right mood and set a “foundation” of positivity that resists negative thoughts.
While it may sound oversimplified in practice, the truth is that there is plenty of spiritual philosophy and neurological science to back up the idea. A healthy “dose” of positivity early on in the day can be just what the doctor ordered for dealing with any negativity ahead of you.
A Breakfast of Positive Thoughts
It’s a concept we are all familiar with: garbage in, garbage out. The most obvious example is our food diet. Eating donuts for breakfast can taste great at first, but the lack of true nutrition can leave you crashing by lunchtime. Eat donuts throughout the day and you are likely to be one unhappy camper soon into your future.
In the same way, our intellectual diet shapes the way we think and feel throughout the day. You can certainly think of examples of how negativity sours your mood for hours ahead, making work harder and stresses more disruptive to productivity. Instead, try to wake up and experience something positive like Smile TV to give your brain a “cushion” against negativity.
The Experts Agree
Talking on the subject in his book Happiness Unlimited, author Manoj Arora notes that “when we wake up in the morning after a good six or seven hours of sleep, our mind is very fresh and clean, ready to create new thoughts — just like a new blotting paper.” By absorbing positivity, that blotting paper already has a higher ratio of happy thoughts that can dilute any negative ones that come along.
Entrepreneur Walter Chen likens this effect to a pattern of thought that continues after you have finished supplying it. He compares it to the “Tetris effect.” After someone plays a game like Tetris for hours, they often find their brains working out Tetris puzzles even once they stop playing. Others notice this effect after rock climbing for hours or paddling a boat along a river.
Repetitive actions train our brains to not focus on the action itself, but to look for patterns. We focus on outside factors that disrupt our repetition and learn to cope with them to keep the rhythm going.
We can use this type of learning to train our brains to think positively. Wake up and consider three things worth being positive about, and add to them positive messages from channels like Smile TV. Avoid negative things like news media or dwelling on your responsibilities for even just 30–40 minutes in the beginning of your day. Letting go of these negative thoughts and emotions and filling them with positive ones is like a nutritious breakfast: it gets you ready for the rigors ahead no matter what they are. That is one secret in the struggle to learn how to be happy.
Visit Smile TV’s video channel for your daily dose of positivity to start your day off right. A true breakfast of champions!