How to Turn 11 Everyday Phrases From Negative to Positive
It’s official: positive language can literally change your brain. Yes, that’s right—positive words like “peace,” “love” and “compassion” strengthen areas of the brain’s frontal lobes, and promote cognitive function. In simple terms, hearing and using positive language can make you feel great—physically, mentally and emotionally. On the flip side, negative language can block the brain’s natural de-stress mechanisms. So, as well as adding some sparkly positive words into your everyday language—like “certainly,” “great” and “definitely”—it’s worth taking a look at phrases you might be using inadvertently and giving them a polish, too.
These 11 everyday phrases can easily be replaced, giving your vocabulary an instant positivity boost.
Every Day Positive Language
1. Why not? → Sounds good
2. No problem → Definitely!
3. Can’t complain → Everything’s going well, thanks
These phrases are meant to be positive - but the human brain has a negative bias, and subconsciously brings up all of the reasons not to do something, problems, or complains when processing these words.
4. I’m exhausted → I need to rest
Flipping the phrase to include a solution leaves both the speaker and the listener with a better taste in their mouths.
Positive Language at Work
5. I forgot &