For five years starting in 1997 Apple’s advertising encouraged us to ‘Think different’.
It was, and still is, an admirable ambition – yet it’s one that’s not always so easy to put into practice.
I like to think that what we (and I very much include you in this) are doing with Moodnudges is to ‘think different’ about the whole ‘manage your mood’ thing.
But on a more micro day-to-day level I believe it’s all too easy to get stuck in the tramlines of negative thinking, seeing things in the same old way, often to the detriment of how you feel.
Of course Apple’s end game was to sell more computers, but I believe that thinking different has an even more fundamental appeal. Change the way you think, and you may also change the way you live your life.
Now sadly I’ve no magic wand which will alter your thoughts. But I do have a suggestion.
Thinking different is less likely to manifest itself if you ‘do same’. (Mangled grammar, I know, but I hope you’ll see my point.)
Even small changes to your daily habits can nudge your brain towards new thought patterns.
So sit in a different chair. Take a different route. Read a different newspaper. Order a different sandwich. Wear a different colour. Sing a different tune.
Talk to a different person. Watch a different channel. Use a different shampoo. Get up at a different time.
In short, when you want to think different, it often helps if you do different.