Issue #55

Pessimism & Negativity

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two devils, chooses both. —  Oscar Wilde
Pessimism & Negativity

Our brains are naturally wired for negativity; throughout history, it was always more important to focus on a threat, than on an opportunity.

This negativity bias has been ingrained in us, but it’s no longer serving us. It’s making us anxious and scared to take risks, which is hampering our progress and happiness.

There is a simple way to get away from it, though. You can rewire your brain by consciously focusing on the positive; bad things will always happen, you can only change your reaction to them.

Given a choice, would you rather be friends with a positive or a negative person? Would you rather be positive or negative?

You have that choice. You just have to make it.

The Seduction of Pessimism

Pessimism reduces expectations, narrowing the gap between possible outcomes and outcomes you feel great about.

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How to Manipulate Your Brain to Shake Off Negativity That Keeps You From Performing

Negativity will always attach itself to you if you don’t purposely lead it to the exit door.

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How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

Happier people are not necessarily naive or blind to negativity, but rather may respond adaptively to the world, recognizing both good and bad things in life.

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Turning Negative Thinkers Into Positive Ones

You can learn to be more positive by practicing certain skills that foster positivity.

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Until Next Week

Don’t try to ignore the bad. Just make a conscious effort to see the good.

Zoran Jambor
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