This week's challenge:

This week, I will practice positive thinking practices, instead of letting my mind wander to thoughts that cause me suffering.

Being positive and having a mindset that sees “the glass half full” instead of “half empty” is linked to a part of the brain (Orbitofrontal Cortex, or OFC) that protects us from anxiety. And delightfully, the more we practice positive thinking, the larger this gray matter actually becomes, thus preventing anxiety and stress even more over time. If we can build resistance to anxiety by simply choosing to repeat positive thought patterns, why not intentionally do more of this, right? When going through my divorce years ago, I remember adopting a daily practice of walking down to a creek, sitting on a log and counting my blessings every day. Just to remind me of what I do have, and to prevent me from focusing on what I’d lost. I didn’t realize how much this contributed to my healing, but knew it simply made me feel good.

Avoiding Gullibility (Overuse)

Commendable Trait: Optimistic
Underused: Pessimistic
Overused: Gullible
Strength: Inspiration
Quadrant: Resilience