What would happen if we chose to replace each negative thought with 3 positive ones?

I’m trialing this one myself, and I’ve noticed it definitely makes a difference for me when I’m consistent with it.

I read in the Harvard Business Review about a study on business success. It reported that the most successful businesses offset 1 piece of negative feedback with 6 positive ones1

There’s wisdom in these words.  

We can give ourselves the same encouragement, simply by intentionally feeding ourselves 3 positive self-reflections every time we have a negative thought about ourselves or our abilities.

I’m curious to hear if you’re up for giving this one a go for yourself and if you like the sound of this, please do share with someone who might appreciate the idea, as you never know who might find this useful. 

Until I see you on this week’s #AliveWithFi, keep sharing your sunshine 🙂

1 When researchers compared the feedback of different teams, they discovered that “The average ratio for the highest-performing teams was 5.6 (that is, nearly six positive comments for every negative one).” This shows me that we’re all wired to respond better to positive rather than negative comments, and it’s a handy tool we can use for ourselves.


“The Ideal Praise to Criticism Ratio”

J. Zenger and J Folkman, (2013)`

Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O., I.N.H.C., is The LifeStyle Aligner. She’s an experienced practitioner since 1992 in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified Osteopath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, speaker, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, and Health Brand Ambassador.

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