Below you will find links to articles about the way we think about ourselves, others, events and the world around us. But why read about this topic?
Why is your thinking so important for building your happiest and best life?
Think about a time recently when you achieved something successfully. What thoughts did you have about pursuing that goal? If you set off with passion and motivation, chances are your thoughts were hopeful about your chances of succeeding. On the other hand, recall a time you made a mistake or didn’t achieve what you set out to do. How did you feel after the event? What were the thoughts you had about yourself, or other people involved?
In these cases, one person may feel initially sad but bounce back as they attributed the mistake to a random cause or outside forces. This person may hold onto the belief they are ok as a person and move on to the next goal. Alternately, a different person might blame their mistake on their personality or fixed negative view of themselves which is, in psychology, defined as an attribution error. Their emotions become negative and motivation for the next task declines.
What does your mind see?
The way we interpret and explain events via our thinking is described in psychology as attribution theory. For example, if we see a friend crying we might say “they’re feeling sad today because they had a bad day at work”. Conversely, we could say “They’re a sad person” and attribute the tears to their personality.
When therapists work with clients to address negative thoughts (such as in a cycle of depression), they help clients to dig up the automatic negative thoughts leading to distressing emotions and stagnated motivation. Then the thoughts can be looked at and restructured for happier emotions so the person can make positive choices.
Articles for peaceful and successful thinking
When we have difficulties in life, or want to achieve a goal for success in an area, our thoughts make a thunderous impact. The way we think about our capabilities, how other people perceive us, and what we can do to craft our best lives determines the choices we make and our motivation to act on those choices.
These topics help you choose habits in the way you think about things so you can;
- Enjoy each day
- React positively to mistakes, setbacks and difficult events in life
- Design your preferred future
- Love your life
I hope these are useful to you.