The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health (And How to Do It Correctly)

Anthony J. Yeung
Mind Cafe
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6 min readMay 5, 2024


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It’s pretty simple, really.

But to do it, it takes a lot of time, effort, practice, and structure. Because a lot of people do it incorrectly—despite their best intentions—and struggle to see great results.

I’ll share what it is, how it works, why people get it wrong, and how you can get it right.


Ruthlessly reduce negativity

“Oh… [clicks tongue]… Anthony, I already know that.”

No—no, please listen.

Because I hear people frequently tell me how they try to “avoid drama.” After all, their online profile says “#goodvibesonly” (whatever that means), yet everything in their life is far from it.

They sit down and the first they do is complain about work, life, traffic, the government, politics, etc. They’re stressed about the past, present, and future. And every conversation topic quickly takes a negative turn.

But it’s like, “Uh, I thought you wanted to avoid negativity?”

So… how do you fix this? And how do you actually reduce it in an effective, lasting way?

First, understand the key truth: You cannot simply “turn off negativity” like it’s a



Anthony J. Yeung
Mind Cafe

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