So for this month's Happiness Project theme I'm focusing on Mindfulness...being present in the moment and showing up to actually experience my life. One thing that's really helped me out a lot so far this month is Affirmations, which is positive sayings that you say over and over again or think over and over again.
And as a bit of an aside, those aren't my only thoughts, I do think a lot of good and happy thoughts as well, but it's the negative ones I'm focusing on because those are the ones I want to change.
Most of those thoughts are playing on auto-pilot but I at one point made the decision to think them and I can make the decision to stop thinking them. So I'm starting with affirmations. When I catch myself thinking a thought like, "You're fat" I replace it with something like, "You're body is beautiful and you're working hard to make it healthier" or "This person probably hates me" I'll replace with, "Everyone is friendly". I also have one or two affirmations that I write down and repeat over and over again for the week before replacing them.
It's really helped a lot. Thinking happier thoughts has made me feel lighter and happier.