Entrepreneur Darius Foroux writes on his blog
that, “We all assume that our mood is influenced by outside factors. Things that we do not control.”
But Foroux argues that we’re more in control than we think.
So, how do you avoid staying in a bad mood caused by external factors? And how can you generate a good mood?
He offers the following tips:
Managing a negative mood
The truth is, things won’t go your way all the time.
As Foroux puts it: “Even the most wealthy, healthy, and happy people deal with the perils of humanity.”
Bad things will happen. But it’s not necessarily a given event itself that’s harmful–it’s our negative reaction that’s the problem.
Like nearly every process that involves improving something bad, to better manage your negative mood, you must first become aware of the problem.
Foroux recommends keeping a log of your mood for two weeks.
You want to find out exactly what triggers your negative mood.
Bad weather? Lack of sleep? Disrespected by someone?
This first step is all about raising awareness.
“That’s the only way to snap out of it.”
Generating a positive mood
Let’s say something triggers a bad mood. How do you turn it positive?
First, visualize good things like positive events from the past. Get your serotonin flowing. Step back and see the bigger picture.
Next, feel free to soak in your sorrow and feel bad for yourself. The trick is to never be stuck in a bad mood “for more than 10 minutes.”
Then, move on. For Foroux: “… what separates the positive people from the negative people is that positive folks never STAY in a bad mood.”