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Six Powerful Mind Hacks to Induce Positive Emotions

Six Powerful Mind Hacks to Induce Positive Emotions

Six Powerful Mind Hacks to Induce Positive Emotions

Here are the six most powerful mind hacks you can use to produce a positive emotional state:

  1. Control the focus of your mind.
  2. Exercise.
  3. Sleep.
  4. Hang around positive people.
  5. Read positive books, stories.
  6. Control your self-talk.

1. Control the focus of your mind.

At any moment, your emotional state is governed by two major factors: Your mind and body.

The content of your mind is the most important factor determining how you feel. Here is the phrase to remember: You feel whatever you think about.

If you think the future will be good, you will feel optimistic and happy.

If you think the future will be bad, you will feel pessimistic and unhappy.

If you focus on the painful elements of your past, you will feel bad.

If you focus on the pleasurable elements of your past, you will feel better.

You are the person who chooses what you think about. Therefore, you are the person who determines how you feel.

If you don't feel good, it is because you are allowing yourself to focus on possible pessimistic futures, or on the painful elements of your past.

If you want to feel better, then take control of your mind and direct it to visions of better futures, OR of memories of your past pleasures and victories.

The longer you spend thinking of optimistic futures, the better you will feel.

2. High intensity exercise.

Your emotions are a product of two factors: your MIND and BODY.

Therefore, the second emotional management mind hack is physical exercise.

Especially intense physical exercise such as running, spin, weight training, hill walking, gardening, etc

High intensity training stimulates the body into action: it increases blood flow, strengthens the muscles, activates the lymphatic system, opens the lungs, oxygenates the brain, moves the guts, and most importantly it causes the release of mood elevating hormones into the bloodstream which have an immediate and positive effect on your emotions.

If you don't like the way you feel, you can change it by high intensity exercise.

3. Sleep.

Your emotions are affected by the state of your mind and body.

Therefore, the third way to change your emotional state is to sleep. Many people are suffering from chronic sleep deprivation. They go to bed too late, and they get up early. And many people don't sleep well, because they lie in bed and worry about bad things, (violating mind hack No 1).

Your mind and body need to recuperate.

Recuperation means sound, restful sleep. If you are feeling emotionally down, do the following three things:

  • Take a pad and pencil and build detailed plans for a better future.
  • Exercise hard for half an hour.
  • Have a good meal and go to bed early.

When you wake up you will feel better.

4. Hang around positive people.

The people you spend time with have an effect on your state of mind, and therefore on your emotions.

Everyone you know will fit into one of the following three groups:

  1. People who make you feel more optimistic.
  2. People who don't.
  3. People who make you feel more pessimistic.

Identify the people who fall into the last category and then, avoid them.

You cannot afford to waste your time with people who make you feel worse.

Replace them with people who make you feel relaxed, stronger and more optimistic.

5. Read positive books, blogs, podcasts and stories.

You do not always have access to positive people. So you should substitute people with the next best thing, Books and audios written by positive people.

These books and audios and you tube blogs are available 24/7.

Your brain responds to the information you feed it.

If you feed it fear messages, (by listening to or reading the wrong things), then your brain will live in a permanent state of anxiousness and pessimism.

On the other hand, if you feed it a constant stream of uplifting and progressive speakers and writers, then your brain will respond in like kind.

Whatever information you pour into your brain will eventually pour out.

Bad inputs = bad outputs. Good inputs = good outputs.

Simple mathematics.

6. Control your self-talk.

In relation to good and bad mental inputs, the person who is most responsible for programming your brain is (no, NOT your mother), YOU.

In the morning, when you look into the mirror and you gaze at your face, are you looking at your best friend or your worst enemy?

When you talk to yourself, everything you say to yourself will either:

  1. Make you feel better.
  2. Fail to make you feel any better.
  3. Make you feel worse.

Train yourself to stay out of category three, and simultaneously perfect category number one.


If you are not feeling good about yourself, then you have the power to change the way you feel, TODAY.

  1. Take control of your mind and direct it towards visions of a better future.
  2. Exercise intensely, three times per week.
  3. Eat well and go to bed early.
  4. Associate with people who will build you up.
  5. Read or listen to emotionally positive inputs.
  6. Talk to yourself in ways that make you feel more optimistic about the future.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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