Gretchen Rubin

Pigeon of Discontent: “It’s Hard For Me To Think Positively.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent.

This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: "It's hard for me to think positively."

What about you? Do you have strategies to help yourself stop a cycle of rumination?

If you want to read more about this resolution, check out…

Do you fall into the trap of overthinking?

13 tips for dealing with a really lousy day.

You can post your own Pigeon of Discontent at any time; also, from time to time, I’ll make a special call for suggestions.

You can check out the archives of videos here.

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