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Feel Better Now by Thinking About the Past…

December 14, 2011

Received this in my inbox from Navigating Life’s Journey, and thought I’d share it with you.

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Here’s a great idea …

In her book, Positivity, Barbara Fredrickson says, “Unearth a past moment of positivity, whether from yesterday, last week, or last year. Allow yourself time to roll your mental images around in your mind. Look at them from all angles. Pump them up and drink in their sweetness now, cherishing them once again.” (p. 211)

 

In other words …

One way we can increase our positive feelings in the present is to dwell on our good feelings from the past. The more we savor the happy times from our past, the more joy and contentment we can find in the here and now.

 

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …

Choose one memory that you remember fondly. Recreate it as completely as you can in your mind. What sounds and smells did you experience? Spend time reliving that moment and dwelling on how good you felt.

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My Two Cents: Sometimes we all need a little pick-me-up. Spending time remembering our past successes can provide that little lift that we need that will get us back on track. Remembering positive experiences can also help us develop an attitude of gratitude, which will in turn help us develop a spirit of optimism.

 

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