How to Stop the Rampage of Negative Thoughts

How to Stop the Rampage of Negative Thoughts 640 452 C-Suite Network

by Steve Rizzo

I am often asked to speak on wellness, stress and the power of positive thinking. No matter the audience, I always urge the attendees to unleash something I call “Humor Being” on a daily basis. As a comedian, it’s my secret to success in life, a secret you deserve to be in on. And I’m here to tell you about, or remind you of, its power.

But first, what is a sense of humor, really, and what makes it so special? The dictionary says the wordsense means “perception or awareness; and correct reasoning; or sound judgment.” The word humormeans “turn of mind; to sooth temper or mood, or the mental quality that produces absurd or joyful ideas.” So by definition, a sense of humor is your awareness of the mental quality that can turn your mind in an unusual way, or your need to produce joyful or absurd ideas that can sooth your very being. But the initiative and proficiency by which you apply your sense of humor comes from what I call your Humor Being.

Your Humor Being is part of your higher self. It’s the part of you that gives emotional stability, peace of mind, and brings out the best of who you are when times get tough. Making a habit of invoking it will make you a happier person with a brighter outlook.

So instead of allowing unfortunate situations, unlucky circumstances and foul people to suck the energy right out of you, turn to humor for a levity break. By living in harmony with your Humor Being, you’ll be able to embrace change more easily and see the bright side of a negative situation, making conscious choices to enjoy yourself.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or what kind of position in life you hold. When you make the shift to find laughter in the midst of any stressful or challenging situation, you regain control. When you make that shift to humor, your brain no longer registers negative thoughts that cause you to be upset. In fact, your brain switches gears and focuses instead on whatever made you laugh.

And even if your brain starts to slip backward to the stressor, you won’t feel as overwhelmed as you were before. Why? Because in addition to signaling to yourself that your problem is laughable, you’ve also stopped the rage of negative thinking. You’ve calmed down your nervous system—you can shift your thoughts and think clearly, reassess the situation, bounce back and take control. Now that’s power!

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JVI_0469j-webSteve Rizzo is more than a Funny Motivational Speaker. Don’t let the laughter fool you! What Steve brings to the table is his captivating ability to engage the attendees with laughter as he challenges them to SHIFT their focus and way of thinking to discover greater enthusiasm, increased productivity and new levels of success. Recognizing difficult situations don’t cause us to fail or be unhappy, but rather our negative thoughts and beliefs about the situations, Steve has been Adjusting Attitudes in organizations throughout the world such as AT&T, Prudential, State Farm, LaQuinta, and even the CIA (yes, he even had them laughing!) since 1994.
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