Melissa Ganus Posted almost 2 years ago What are your New Year's resolutions? I wish you luck! I've been working on a version of your #2 myself for quite a while. I've come to see our negative thinking as instinctive - our ancient ancestors survived by focusing on the problems they were facing or, if none were currently life threatening, anticipating the problems that might be coming up. I think mindfulness and being able to shift from negative thinking to more positive thoughts of gratitude or serenity takes a lot of mental skill and ongoing practice. So I'm practicing a lot!