1. Take notice of negative thoughts as they pop up. Most of us blaze through our days without ever truly examining our own thoughts, so it might surprise you to discover how many of them are negative. If you can, it’s helpful to spend a day jotting down negative thoughts—everything from “I hate how my hair looks today” to “I’m messing up this project and my boss will think I’m incompetent.”
2. Counter each negative thought with a positive affirmation. Positive affirmations state things as though they were already in existence. For example, instead of saying or thinking, “I want to be happy” you say or think, “I am happy.” You can write down these positive affirmations or say them out loud or in your mind—but say them with strength and confidence, as though they already are true.