Think different, do different, feel different

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.

8 thoughts on “Think different, do different, feel different

  1. Repetitive negative thought patterns have been a feature of my life for as long as I can remember, and put me in a prison from which I have found it impossible to escape so far.

    I have done various courses in CBT etc. but to no avail – they seem to make sense logically but I seem powerless to put them into practice, since the automatic default of negativity and worry has become so deeply entrenched over the years.. I would be interested to hear from other MoodNudges members who have found practical ways of getting out of these awful ruts (methods that have made a genuine long term difference in their lives).



    1. Thanks Tim, and my commiserations for finding it so tough to break out of those negative thinking patterns. From my own experience, too, I think it can be very difficult to do so.

      It’s a great idea to ask other Moodnudges people for their tips. Thank you for hopefully getting a ball rolling here.

  2. Thoughts are so powerful and shape our feelings much more than we can imagine I’ve found! I read a book some years ago that slowly helped me to changed my thoughts. I had to read it several times until the ideas sank in, but it gradually made total sense and I use the ideas daily. It’s called The Mythology of Self Worth and it’s by Richard L Franklin. American and a bit OTT at times but he’s got some really interesting insights into how we trigger our negative emotions by the often faulty things we think. I found it made more sense to me than CBT because it explained some of the ‘why and how’ we get ourselves in a state – because of our ‘self talk’ and the language that we use to ourselves unconsciously.
    It helped to calm me and get me out if anxious states and that must be a good thing!
    Thanks, Sally

  3. Moodnudges Personnel! You have such a clear, magical way of writing, and I am very glad I came across you by accident.

    Have you any idea how helpfully you present your suggestions, and ideas? I am really very grateful, for the Moodnudges emails. They help terrifically, especially when I’m offered the same old same old, or thinking structures that seem impossible. Your email articles help enormously, especially when I’m having a bad day.

    Thank you!


  4. This is agreat blog, introduced to my by my gorgeous daughter-in-law. I too am a bit of a worry wort and prone to negative thoughts. The thing that sometimes helps me is to test the truth of what I’m thinking. For instance, if I think something unsafe might happen, ask myself how likely is it going happen; or if I feel someone thinks I’m not doing good enough, I stop to ascertain the facts around that assumption I’ve made. Often I find I’ve got the wrong end of the stick or just imagined what others think, nothing based on fact – it also gives me an opportunity to accept that I’m doing the best I can do… & some days I manage better than others.

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