Did you ever notice how easy it is to start the day in a way that makes you want to turn right around and go back to bed? When I turn on the news and listen to everything that is going wrong in the country, I soon find myself thinking about what is wrong with my job, my partner, and myself. I am headed down the "what's wrong" track. But when I pay attention to how happy my dog is to see me when I stagger into the living room half asleep, I notice that his whole body is wags and his tongue reaches up to lick my face in an expression of pure joy. I set myself on the "what's right" track. That feels good, especially when followed by coffee.
A bigger challenge is to stay on the right track for the rest of the day. Science tells us that the brain possesses a natural "negativity bias" which makes it easy to turn around on the positive track and almost impossible to turn around on the negative one. The brain is like the dog in the animated movie "Up". Squirrel! One little thing goes wrong and the brain is chasing after it at full speed.
Out of both desperation and determination, I have developed a Positive Track Tool Kit to keep my brain's engine on the right track. Here are some of the tools in my kit: