Experts have revealed that the best way to get rid of negative thoughts is to write them down and then tear them and put it in the trash.
Researchers from the Ohio State University in the US and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in Spain, discovered that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally removed the thoughts from their mind.
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"However you tag your thoughts - as trash or as worthy of protection - seems to make a difference in how you use those thoughts," said Richard Petty, co-author of the study.
"At some level, it can sound silly. But we found that it really works - by physically throwing away or protecting your thoughts, you influence how you end up using those thoughts. Merely imagining engaging in these actions has no effect," Petty said.