9 Ways to Make Positive Thinking Work for You

Depending on your personality type, you may benefit more from different types of positive psychology to lift your spirits (10 Photos)

Jennifer Abbasi on Dec 12, 2011 at 3:10PM

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9 Ways to Make Positive Thinking Work for You

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If You Suffer from Low Self-Esteem

When people with low self-esteem repeated the statement “I’m a lovable person,” they felt worse, according to a Canadian study from 2009. That’s because people with low self-esteem simply don’t believe it, the researchers said. And when the opposite thought creeps back in (“I’m not as lovable as I could be”), they feel like they’ve failed the exercise, and their mood sinks lower.

Try this: Acts of kindness may work better for people with low self-esteem. In a separate, yet-to-be published experiment of Canadians of all ages who completed an online study examining several types of positive psychology exercises, volunteers with low self-esteem who performed an act of kindness over a one-week period went from being clinically depressed to being nondepressed, says researcher Myriam Mongrain, a psychologist at York University in Toronto.

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