Let’s Change the Way We Think

Adopting a “yes” attitude can generate unyielding gratitude and love. 

A brand new mind is like an untouched forest. As we cultivate life experiences, our thoughts carve grooves, little pathways in these forests, sometimes growing so deep and worn in our being that our thoughts become automatic, second nature.

Unfortunately, these grooves often take the form of a big fat negative. Suddenly we find ourselves waking up in the morning with some form of “no” being the first thing that comes to mind. We’re not ready to get up. We fear what lies ahead. The stresses of work. The energy we’ll have to exert. Somehow, we’ve become programmed to think unpleasant thoughts right off the bat.

But we can change that. So let’s change it.

It will require work. It will require a conscious effort. It may even require us to step out of our comfort zones. But positivity is certainly something worth working towards.

Let’s make the switch from negative to positive every day – beginning as soon as we wake up. Each morning, let’s open our eyes with a fresh perspective. Let’s think yes, not no.

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Yes. It’s the morning. A brand new start. I’m here. I’m alive. I’m comfortable. The beautiful marble we call Earth is spinning, and I’m so lucky to be here for the ride.

If it’s too much to conjure up a few sentences like this, just think one little word: yes. Say it in your head, smile, repeat. Then get up and start your day.

For me, the stress really starts when I get on the subway. It’s Monday morning. I’m running late. The train is packed. I have 8792 bags with me. Someone just stepped on my foot.

In times like this, my initial reaction is to resist. I just want this to be over. But lately I’ve been practicing acceptance.This is where I am right now,” I think. This is what is happening, and I’m okay with that.” To help me through it, I like to repeat pleasant words inside my head, usually one four-letter word in particular: love. I repeat it over and over until it makes me smile.


Yes, I’m still stuck in a crowded subway car, and that is totally okay. Suddenly my mood lightens, the weight lifts, and everything seems funny. The motion of the car flings someone’s arm into my back, and we glance at each other and smile. We’re all in this together. What more can we do but laugh?

I also like to think happy words when I’m doing something in auto-pilot mode, like cleaning my apartment. To keep myself positive and in the moment, I make up a little mantra on the fly, and repeat it in a rhythm as I move. “I’m happy. I’m healthy. I’m here. I love. I am loved. I’m alive.

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Think of words that make you feel good. The ones that make you breathe a sigh of relief just by picturing them in your mind. Beauty. Ease. Peace. Use whatever works for you.

With a little practice and a lot of persistence, we can change the way we think. We can carve new pathways inside our minds – ones that will work to both our own advantage and everyone else’s. Positivity cultivates more positivity. Love brings about more love.

If you do nothing else, promise me one thing: that tomorrow, you’ll wake up thinking “yes.”

+What techniques do you use to help yourself think more positively?

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8 years ago

What a lovely post! Thank you so much for it! Guess where I’m reading it, right in the subway car of a rushed morning commute.
It’s so important to remember things that matter every morning, especially since it’s so easy to be negative and grumpy.
My favorite mantra to think of during moments like this is “I’m right where I want to be, I’m in harmony and peace with the world and people around me”

8 years ago

Wonderful post and beautiful pictures :)
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8 years ago

Very nice!
I totally believe in this. And I can add something, I think it should be complimented with doing&creating.
I had the same problem with the subway like you… And I tried to think positively about it , but that just wasn’t working… so I traded the subway for a bicycle ride :)
Now I ride 5 km to work every morning (and back in the evening) and I look forward to it from the moment I wake up!
This combination of positive thinking + doing has completely transformed my life.


8 years ago

That’s a very interesting way to lift your mood. I usually listen to some music of that I know that it will cheer me up and make me forget about the stress for a moment.

8 years ago

YES! I love this post. A helpful mindset reminder, especially as we close out the year. A good reminder of all we have to be grateful for.

8 years ago

I love this so much. Thank youuu!!

8 years ago

Such a lovely post – I think it’s so important to realize that a good outlook on life can change everything!x

8 years ago

Yes, yes, yes!! I will say “yes” and think of this experience tomorrow morning!

8 years ago

yes, i’ll say it :)

8 years ago

I always love how inspiring your posts are. FWIW I read this yesterday, and today I adopted your attitude. What a lovely morning it has become. :)

8 years ago

This post just made me smile :) And I love how inspiring you are Brigette.
A big YES to life, love, all the beautiful beeings in this world but also the unpleasant situations.


8 years ago

Thanks a lot, very inspiring post :)!!

8 years ago

Beautiful, inspirational post. Chasing peace, love, and happiness produces such a life-altering high. So many of your comments today resonate deeply within me. Love your message!