Overwhelmed by negative thoughts? A new research in Psychological Science suggests write them down and toss them in the garbage. You’ll feel better.
The finding seems silly, but sometimes it’s the silly things that work People who kept their thoughts were more likely to side in favor of their notes – so if they wrote negative notes, they rated themselves more negatively – but those who trashed their thoughts saw no change in how they rated their bodies.
Keep in mind, next time something is driving you crazy, just write it down and toss it out. The action gives a greater finality to your thoughts. That means you’ll trick your brain into marking bad thoughts as gone, instead of suppressing them – only to let your brain find them and start feeling crummy all over again.