If you sometimes feel like your mood is out of your control, this can be a difficult feeling to overcome. But once you realize that your thoughts determine your mood, this can help you to work towards changing your mood for the better. And who doesn’t want to have a more positive mood?

Negative Thoughts Lead To Negative Moods

Think of the last time you were feeling sad or depressed. What were you thinking before you started to feel that way? Probably not happy thoughts. If you still aren’t convinced, you can practice this now.

Think a sad thought.

    • Did the smile disappear off your face?
    • Does your heart feel heavy?
    • Do you feel a bit more dismal now than you did before?

This is all a result of the sad thought which passed through your mind.

When someone is constantly besieging themselves with sad thoughts, their mood will follow, and this can lead them to feel melancholy or depressed. The way to put a stop to this is by switching your thoughts from being negative to positive.

Now, think of something happy. Birthday cake at a party, cute kittens or puppies playing, the first time your child let go of the coffee table and took a step, something funny someone said.

  • Did you smile?
  • Did your heart feel lighter?
  • Did you feel happier?

The one thing you have absolute control over is your thoughts. Yes, bad or negative thoughts do pop up on autopilot, but once you catch them, you can change them.

Inject Positive Thoughts Into Your Day

The first step to improving your mood is to improve your thoughts. But in order to do this, it’s important that you evaluate your thoughts so you know what you need to change.

Do you commonly think of the same negative thoughts?

Then it might be best to develop a mantra to combat that specific negative thought. Or if you experience negative thoughts during a certain activity, it might be time to adjust how you do that activity so your thoughts will follow.

One way to change your thoughts to something more positive is by feeding your brain positive media. Read positive novels and magazines, and resolve to watch happier TV shows and movies. Once your thoughts are headed in a more positive direction, you’ll be surprised at how easily your mood follows.

You might have a negative thought like, “I’m not smart enough.” You can change that by adding a but to it. “I’m not smart enough right now, but I can learn how to do it.”

“I’m not good enough.” You can change that to, “I’m not good enough right now, but I am getting better and better all the time.”

The best way to change your thoughts is by journaling, using affirmations and mantras.

Watch What You Think

Your thoughts are often directed by the things you say. And this means both out loud and the things you say to yourself in your mind. If you tell yourself that you can’t do something, then you will subsequently think that you can’t do the task.

So, if you want to improve your mood, it’s time to change the things you are saying. And it’s not just that, when you are having negative thoughts about someone else, this may be affecting your mood without you even realizing it. Therefore, you should never confront someone when you are having negative thoughts about them as you could say, or do, something you regret.

As mentioned above, it’s time to develop mantras to combat the things you say to yourself internally. Or even if you are thinking something negative about another person, stop that thought with a positive one such as ‘I love how she/he ______’ this way you will stop yourself from thinking the negative thought.

You should also aim to think of all the positive things you can about a person before you see them so your mood will reflect this, instead of showing up to a meeting feeling like Eeyore from Winne the Pooh.


Thoughts are a difficult thing to control. But no matter what you may think, your thoughts control your moods, and this can have a huge impact on your life. Thus, you should do everything in your power to feed your mind positive thoughts and stop the negative thoughts in their tracks.

This is the only way to work to change your mood from perpetually negative to something more uplifting and positive.

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All the best,

P.S. Feel free to share your thoughts or experience in the comments below.

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I’m an Imperfect Christian, Musician’s Wife, Mom, Nana, Friend and Encourager. I work on this site for my own growth and benefit, probably more so than I do for others, but I pray that what I’m learning and sharing will help others in their personal development and journaling adventures.

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