How To Get Rid Of Negative Thoughts: Original Explanation

How to remove negative thoughts: 3 steps

Click on each step to learn how to stop thinking negatively faster and easier.

1. Understand why negative thinking is of little or no value to you

Negative thinking is always of little or no value, because it:

  • Doesn’t help you achieve something you want (or even compels you to achieve something you don’t want)
  • Doesn’t help you feel better (or even makes you feel worse)
  • Doesn’t add any positive value to your life (or even has a negative impact)

By understanding this, you remove your mind's motivation to think negatively, which is how to stop thinking negative thoughts faster and easier.

See 10 effects of negative thinking

Negative thinking can:

  1. Make life less worthwhile to you
  2. Decrease your self confidence
  3. Decrease your self esteem
  4. Decrease your happiness and enjoyment
  5. Decrease your feelings of power and strength
  6. Decrease your peace of mind
  7. Make you feel less energized
  8. Make you less successful
  9. Make you have less enjoyable social interactions
  10. Interfere with the quality of your sleep and adversely affect your health

When you think about the combined impact of all of these negative thinking effects, it becomes clear why there is a strong link between negative thoughts and depression.

2. Understand why it doesn’t make sense to think negatively (even when negative thoughts are true or valid)

Often, when you reconsider your negative thoughts, you’ll see they are false, invalid, or completely nonsensical, which is a great thing to appreciate.

Here’s why: once your mind sees that a negative thought isn’t even true or valid, your mind naturally and automatically rejects the negative thought, so it’s easy to let go of it and stop dealing with it.

But even when negative thoughts can be considered “true” or “valid”, it still doesn’t make sense to think in useless negative ways that harm you, when you could be thinking in useful, true, valid positive ways instead. 

By understanding this, your mind naturally and automatically rejects negative thinking, no matter what the circumstances, and starts breaking negative thought patterns very quickly whenever you identify them.

Valid but useless perspectives and opinions

Often times, different ways of thinking are simply a matter of perspective, and there are negative and positive perspectives that can be considered equally valid. The classic example is a glass that can be considered half empty or half full.

The difference is that a negative perspective is useless and can harm you, while a positive perspective is useful and will benefit you.

So, with different equally valid perspectives, it never makes sense to choose the useless negative perspective, when you can always choose the useful positive perspective instead.

True but useless facts

There are useful truths and facts that will benefit you, and there are useless truths and facts that will never benefit you. Negative thinking is firmly in the useless camp.

For example, it might be true and valid to think that you’ve been miserable for the past 10 years; this might be a fact. But it’s also true and valid to think that you can become a happier person; this is another fact.

Here’s the difference between these two facts:

  • Dwelling on how miserable you’ve been makes you feel worse and prevents you from becoming happier
  • Thinking that you can become happier makes you feel better and energizes you to do something about your situation… So you predictably become happier faster and easier

The lesson: it never makes sense to dwell on negative, useless truths and facts that don’t benefit you, when you could be dwelling on positive, useful truths and facts that benefit you, instead. 

Valid and true does not mean good or important

A glitch in thinking: valid or true = good and useful = important and worth keeping.

If you have this glitch, your brain automatically assigns a high value to thinking that is deemed true or valid…

Even if the thinking is negative thinking.

This high value motivates your brain to keep the thought, remember it, and bring it to your attention… Which is why negative thinking is naturally on your mind, even if you want to get rid of it.

To let go of constant negative thoughts, remove this glitch. Do this by recognizing that even if a negative thought is true or valid:

  • It is never good or useful
  • So it is never important or worth keeping

This understanding is absolutely crucial for overcoming negative self talk that repeatedly plays in your head.

So what if a negative thought is true or valid?

Once you get to “so what” about negative thinking that you consider true or valid, it becomes very easy to let go of the negative thought…

And it means you have intelligently come to the conclusion that a harmful, negative way of thinking does not make sense – no matter how true or valid it is – when you can always think in true, valid positive ways that benefit you instead.

3. Decide to change your thinking after achieving this understanding

You have the power to choose to get rid of a negative thought. The catch is that this choice is only effective once you understand:

  • Why a negative thought is of little or no value to you
  • Why it doesn’t make sense to continue thinking the negative thought

The reason for this is that your brain will continue thinking in negative ways that it values and that makes sense to it, until you teach it – via this type of understanding – why this negative thinking is neither valuable nor sensible.

The lesson: first understand why you want to get rid of a negative thought. Then make your decision. This helps your brain to fully cooperate with you. 


To learn how to avoid negative thoughts that keep recurring for you (especially negative automatic thoughts that are frequently on your mind),  enter a negative thought into the positive thinking tool.

You will be guided through each of the 3 steps for letting go of negative thoughts, so that you can eliminate your specific negative thought and replace it with a more positive thought. 

This is how to rewire your brain for positivity in a simple, easy, effective way, so that you don't have to deal with your negative thought or its negative effects again.


Getting rid of negative thoughts: more resources

The AG Feel Good Tool and the AG Positive Thinking Program can also help you learn how to reduce negative thoughts as well as how to prevent negative thinking from even occurring.

Just choose whichever resource you think will help you the most.

How to let go of negative thoughts and emotions

I know that my negative thinking is making me feel bad, but I can't say what that negative thinking is. How do I get rid of negative thoughts, if I don't even know what those thoughts are?

This is a common situation for a lot of people. If this is your case, use the AG Feel Good Tool. 

Just enter in a situation that you want to feel better about, and the tool will identify common negative ways of thinking that make you feel bad as well as how to get rid of that negative thinking so that you feel better. 

How can I stop being a negative thinker in general?

I'm tired of being such a negative person overall and having a negative mental attitude that brings me down. How can I stop being so negative about everything, and start being more positive, instead?

If this sounds like your situation, do the AG Positive Thinking Program. 

Among other things, you will learn:

Start the AG Positive Thinking Program right now to learn how to rid yourself of negative thoughts today.

Free Positive Thinking Webinar