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Don’t Bother with Positive Thinking, Do Positive Actions Instead!

Want
to be happy? Don’t try to think yourself happy, just smile instead (regardless
of how you feel). Want to boost your will power? Tense up.

Countless self-help books advocate that you think yourself rich/thin/happy,
but that won’t work according to author Richard
Wiseman
. Instead of positive thinking, he said in his new book Rip
It Up
, the best thing is to do positive action, as he explained in
this article in The Guardian:

HAPPINESS: Smile

This is the granddaddy of them all. As Laird’s study demonstrated,
smile and you will feel happier. To get the most out of this exercise,
make the smile as wide as possible, extend your eyebrow muscles slightly
upward, and hold the resulting expression for about 20 seconds.

WILLPOWER: Tense up

As Hung’s experiments show, tensing your muscles boosts your willpower.
Next time you feel the need to avoid that cigarette or cream cake, make
a fist, contract your biceps, press your thumb and first finger together,
or grip a pen in your hand.

DIETING: Use your non-dominant hand

When you eat with your non-dominant hand you are acting as if you
are carrying out an unusual behaviour. Because of that you place more
attention on your action, do not simply consume food without thinking
about it, and so eat less.

PROCRASTINATION: Make a start

To overcome procrastination, act as if you are interested in what
it is that you have to do. Spend just a few minutes carrying out the
first part of whatever it is you are avoiding, and suddenly you will
feel a strong need to complete the task.

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Date
July 2nd, 2012

Author
Stranger to the World

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