We tend to pay more attention to negative emotions, experiences, and information than positive ones. This means we are more likely to remember criticism than a compliment.
Studies show that we are far more likely to form negative views over positive ones. For example, two pieces of important information come to you about a stranger. One piece of information is good, and one piece of information is bad. Studies show that we are likely to form a negative view rather than a positive one.
This could be because negativity is often related to survival instincts. When associated with negativity, the mind attempts to avoid things at all costs. In the aim to avoid something, one often creates judgement of others and in some cases, themselves.
The key is to not give away your power to negativity. Energy flows where attention goes, so it is important to focus on the positive aspects of life. When we focus on the positive elements in life, we nourish our nervous system, as well as our minds.
For the next 48 hours, focus on the abundant things in your life. As you do this you will start to shift your awareness from negative to positive.
If you have a series of unappealing tasks to do start with the most dreaded and leave the most pleasant until last.
If we see friends buying more or better stuff than us it can make us feel worse about our lives. Being caught up in this endless must-have cycle will never make us happier.
Think of the last big purchase you made. How long did it make you feel happy for? A few days? A week? We adapt and get used to things. Then we start taking them for granted and revert to our old unhappy selves.
In the next week, try to make a deliberate effort to compare yourselves with those who are worse off than you. Appreciate how lucky you are. Smile about the things that you are grateful for.
Happiness does not result from giving in to our natural desires. Our ability to control our impulses helps channel efforts to achieve goals.
Keeping track of expenditure prevents you from falling into debt. Improving your posture may stop you from developing back pain.
Keeping track of what you eat can help maintain a healthy weight. Showing up to 30 minutes of exercise a day can dramatically improve your life.
Try all these things and watch your health improve as you focus on all positive elements in your life. As you focus your energy proactively, watch your health and wellness improve.
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