A while back, we looked at a military resiliency training method called “Hunt the Good Stuff.” Essentially, HTGS is a play on gratitude; retraining our brains to see the positive in a situation instead of the negative.
Our brains are hard-wired to see the danger and the potential negative impacts of our daily situations. However, when we intentionally shift our thinking, we can retrain our brains and begin to automatically see the good.
Here are some new ways to Hunt the Good Stuff this week.
This week, commit to writing down at least three good things in a journal every day. They can be small, like someone paying for your coffee or getting the best parking spot at the gym. Or they can be something more significant, like having a long conversation with a good friend, getting good news at work, or meeting a fitness goal you set for yourself.
By recognizing the “good stuff” in your everyday life, you’ll begin to see more of those small wins each day.
If you’re anything like us, you spend a lot of time talking down to yourself. Sometimes, we say things to ourselves that we would never dream of saying to anyone else.
What if this week, we agree to be kinder to ourselves? What if we give ourselves encouragement, become our own cheerleaders, and remind ourselves that we are worthy of good things?
Each day, let’s be mindful of how we talk to ourselves. What is your inner voice telling you? Are those thoughts kind, helpful, and true? If not, redirect those negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations instead.
One of the best ways to Hunt the Good Stuff is to surround yourself with people who do the same. Negativity breeds negativity. But positive friends, family members, and coworkers will inspire you to look on the bright side.
We’re not suggesting you cut off those people in your life who are less than chipper. However, this week, try to limit your interactions with the naysayers and spend more time focused on those who make you feel good about yourself and others.
It’s hard to stay negative when you use humor as your guide. Humor is one of the best ways to Hunt the Good Stuff, and it’s fun, too.
This week, whenever you’re feeling down in the dumps, take a moment to find humor in the midst of your situation. Ask your social media friends to tell you a joke. Watch a funny video. Or go to lunch with a friend who always makes you laugh.
Soon, you’ll be feeling more lighthearted, and the negative situations won’t feel so dire.
Life can feel pretty overwhelming sometimes. If you start to feel like you’re at the breaking point, one of the quickest ways to Hunt the Good Stuff and recenter yourself is to take a “quiet moment.”
This looks different for everyone. Maybe it’s using a breathing app on your phone to intentionally focus on your breathing. Perhaps it’s a quick yoga stretch. You might even go somewhere quiet and do a quick mindfulness exercise.
Hunting the Good Stuff plays an important role in retraining your brain to focus on the positive. The more you can find the good in life, the better you’ll feel.
Until next time, take care of yourself and one another.