Are you too hard on yourself? Most of us are. But there’s something simple we can do to get rid of those negative feelings. In a new study, when people wrote down their negative thoughts on paper and then physically threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. “It may sound silly, but it really works,” says study author Richard Petty, PhD, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. On the other hand, people were more likely to find their thoughts useful when making judgments if they wrote them down and tucked the paper in a pocket. So trash the negative and pocket the positive!