Feed the Positive Thinking Dog

Change your thinking to get more positive power in your life.

Posted in , Mar 1, 2008

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Let me share a simple story. A man goes to the village wise woman about what's troubling him. He says, "I feel like there are two dogs inside me. One dog is positive, loving, kind and enthusiastic. The other is this mean-spirited, jealous and negative dog. They fight all the time. I don't know who is going to win." The woman thinks for a moment and says, "I know who is going to win. The one you feed the most. So feed the positive dog."

Each of us has a positive dog and a negative dog inside. The key is to feed the right dog, so it becomes bigger and stronger. That means each day we must make a conscious choice to feed ourselves with positive energy rather than negativity. The actions are simple. We just need to make them a habit. Here are some ways to feed your positive dog:

1. Smile.
It boosts your serotonin levels, making you feel happier.

2. Practice gratitude. 
It's impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same time.

3. Laugh and play. 
It's not just for kids.

4. Listen to your favorite music.

5. Think of your greatest moment.
Whenever you are feeling down or blue, remember a success you had in the past.

6. Start a journal.
Make note of your successes, big and small.

7. Choose your friends wisely.
Get together with positive people.

8. Call someone who has made a difference in your life.
And thank them. Gratitude can boost your spirits.

9. Engage in a random act of kindness.

10. Read uplifting books.

11. Go for a prayer or meditation walk each morning.
I do this and it feeds me spiritually all day long.

Pick one thing on this list and do it today. You'll be amazed at how it helps you think and feel differently. Your positive dog is hungry for some nourishment. Go on, feed it!

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