I’ve made it a goal to notice positive things. And say them out loud. Give compliments to myself and to others. And notice how many people go out of their way to do it. Just like the guy Marie Forleo mentions in her video on Positive attitudes. The maxim “Say good things out loud” on my Happiness Manifesto reminds me to notice and share good thoughts.
Martin Seligman, father of positive psychology, notes in his books that positive and negative thinking is a habit. It’s easier to change behavior than thinking. It’s easier to change thinking than feelings:
Step 1: Change Behavior.
Step 2: New behavior leads to new thoughts.
Step 3: New thoughts leads to new feelings.
Making art often means getting out of the comfort zone. Alan Henry of Lifehacker explains the science of breaking out of your comfort zone: Routine and patterns minimize risk. Making something scares us. Creating something inherently feels risky. New episode of my creative productivity podcast! Maybe I’m crazy, I’ve long been inspired by this scene in the tv show Felicity: Jennifer Garner (Hannah) works on writing a new piano piece. She can’t figure out the ending. Jennifer Garner’s now real life ex-husband Scott Foley (Noel) tells her to stick with what she has. When all else fails, do what you ... Read more