I’ve been reading a fair amount of psychology the previous week and I came to know about this Negativity Bias. This post is all about your brain’s natural talent to focus on negative things. In this post, I share with you some of my personal tactics to beat the negativity bias and to rewire your brain. I know you will love this one. So stick to it!
Negativity bias refers to the notion that the things of a more negative nature have a greater effect on one’s psychological state than do neutral or positive things. In other words, something very positive will generally have less impact on a person’s behavior than something equally emotional but negative.
Strange isn’t it?
Your brain is simply built up with a greater sensitivity to unpleasant news. It’s your brain’s natural ability to focus on the negative news than to focus on good news. This is the only reason why you remember a bad complement for a longer time than a praise.
Thus, our attitudes are more heavily influenced by downbeat news than good news. And this makes it so very much easy for you to go to bed at the end of the day with a low mood.
No mood-less nights anymore! Let me quickly share with my personal three tactics to beat negativity bias and to rewire your brain to focus on positive good news!
#1. The Area Of Refuge:
Gretchen Rubin—owner of “The Happiness Project”–recommends that you create an “area of refuge” in your brain. That is, have a list of positive things ready—such as good memories, inspiring quotes, or lines from poems—that you can think of whenever you find your mind wandering to a negative memory.
This is something that I do. I have a bunch of inspirational and uplifting quotes ready. Whenever I catch myself thinking about something negative from the past, I read all those quotes. This immediately takes my focus off the negative, and results in an instantaneous mood boost.
#2. Soak In Positive Experiences:
“Most of the time, a good experience is pretty mild, and that’s fine. But try to stay with it for 20 or 30 seconds in a row – instead of getting distracted by something else,” Hanson wrote.
At the end of the day or whenever you are free, take some time and reflect on all the positive things that happened to you throughout the day. When you train your brain to focus on positive encounters, you reinforce positive patterns in your brain. Scientists and researchers call this neuroplasticity – building new neural pathways.
#3. EPIC MOMENTS:
This is my personal favorite. Before going to bed, I pull out my journal and I note down all the positive things that happened to me throughout the day. I call it “Today’s Epic Moments”.
Starting from today, I request you, I suggest you with great love and deep respect, to note down at least 5 daily epic moments in your journal or you can just think of them in your head.
This habit won’t only help keep your brain attuned to all of the good things in your life but by focusing on the good you’ll gradually be rewiring your brain for happiness.
I hope this today’s post has been of a great value to you. I write with fullest of my love and truest of my passion. I want you to fly. Go be great today!
With every great wish for your beautiful life,
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