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In This Unscripted Video Kids Teach You How To Handle Emotions

In This Unscripted Video Kids Teach You How To Handle Emotions

Mad. Aggravated. At your wit’s end.Everyone’s been there before.

Maybe it was a rough day at the office that did it to you. Or rush-hour traffic. Or a family member who just asked way too much of you that morning. And you felt like you were going to lose it.

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It’s fine; it’s happened to all of us. But there are more productive ways to deal with frustration than taking it out on a loved one, or stewing over it for the rest of the day.

In just under four minutes, the children in this video exhibit wisdom that some of the most intelligent adults could learn from. Their advice? Just breathe.

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These school-age children are able to pinpoint warning signs their body sends them when they are getting to their breaking point, or, as one girl explains in her own words, when “‘mad’ just takes over your body.” One of the children drew a parallel to a glass jar full of glitter, and how the glitter gets jumbled up when it’s shaken. They talk about what they do when they’re mad (like punch stuff, scream, or get red-hot), and how they don’t like doing what they do when they’re mad.

One child is even able to explain the neuroscience behind anger, a phenomenon I’m sure many adults aren’t aware of.

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More importantly, these children explain the coping skills they use when they begin to feel the “mad” warning signs in their body. The overall consensus from these young minds is simple: just breathe.

The children describe how breathing helps the heart slow down, and harnesses your energy, allowing you to think clearly. The girl who used the glitter analogy explains, “it’s like all the sparkles are at the bottom of your brain.”

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The wisdom shared by these young life coaches is something all of us could use on a daily basis, at work, at home, or in the car. Nothing is so important it’s worth lashing out, or losing your cool.

Though these children don’t have bills to pay, or mouths to feed (besides their own), they all have worries and stress that are just as important as the adult problems we face every day. And if they can figure out a way to remain calm, so can all of us.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2019

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

But sometimes, certain situations arise in life that makes it hard to keep a positive outlook. Take steps to make positive thinking become more like your second nature and you’ll reap the biggest benefits.

Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

1. Spend Time with Positive People

If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

Spend time with positive friends and family members to increase the likelihood that their positive thinking habits will become yours too. It’s hard to be negative when everyone around you is so positive.

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2. Take Responsibility for Your Behavior

When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

Accepting responsibility can help you learn from mistakes and prevent you from blaming others unfairly.

3. Contribute to the Community

One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

4. Read Positive and Inspirational Materials

Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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5. Recognize and Replace Negative Thoughts

You won’t be successful at positive thinking if you’re still plagued by frequent negative thoughts. Learn to recognize and replace thoughts that are overly negative. Often, thoughts that include words like “always” and “never” signal that they aren’t true.

If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

There’s no need to make your thoughts unrealistically positive, but instead, make them more realistic.

6. Establish and Work Toward Goals

It’s easier to be positive about problems and setbacks when you have goals that you’re working toward. Goals will give you motivation to overcome those obstacles when you encounter problems along the way. Without clear goals, it’s harder to make decisions and gauge your progress.

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Learn to set SMART goals to help you achieve more.

7. Consider the Consequences of Negativity

Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For example, a person who thinks, “I probably won’t get this job interview,” may put less effort into the interview. As a result, he may decrease his chances of getting the job.

Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

8. Offer Compliments to Others

Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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9. Create a Daily Gratitude List

If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

Getting in the habit of showing an attitude of gratitude makes positive thinking more of a habit. Here’re 40 Simple Ways To Practice Gratitude.

10. Practice Self-Care

Take good care of yourself and you’ll be more equipped to think positively.

Get plenty of rest and exercise and practice managing your stress well. Taking care of your physical and mental health will provide you with more energy to focus on positive thinking.

Learn about these 30 Self-Care Habits for a Strong and Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

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