Tips for Staying Positive

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A New York Times journalist recently wrote an article on negativism and how it can be changed to positivism. In the article, the journalist mentioned that he had lived once with a person who suffered from depression. Therefore, he fully understood the challenges of negativism. At the same time, he brought about a topic of a book written by Barbara Fredrickson who taught at the University of North Carolina. This is a book that discussed how people could change negative thoughts to positive thoughts. This book discusses a theory known as micro-moments of positivity. For instance, the book says that interacting with your children can positively impact your life. This book by Dr. Fredrickson is an indication that we can draw happiness and positive emotions from the smallest activities that we do on a daily basis. In the long run, the way you interact with these emotions determines whether you will be successful or not. A repetition of the brief happy moments went a long way in eliminating stress and depression altogether. What results is improved mental health and physical health. This emphasizes why people should remain positive at all times. However, this does not mean ignoring the downers of life that include anger, sadness, and worry. However, adopting the chronological view of a half-empty glass is not good for your physical and mental health.

In fact, adopting the half-empty glass view affects your overall wellbeing including the number of years you get to live. Whenever you experience sad feelings, a region in your brain referred as amygdala is activated. This is the part of the brain that handles anxiety and fear. Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin founder Dr. Richard J. Davidson has also done some research relating to negativism. Dr. Richard J. Davidson is a neuroscientist by profession. He mentions that people who have an amygdala that recovers slowly face the threat of having more health problems compared to people with a brain that recovers fast and quickly. In conjunction with Dr. Fredickson, he managed to prove that the brain is like plastic. At the same time, the brain possesses the ability to regenerate following an injury. As a result, they discovered that there is a way that the brain can be trained so that it can produce positive responses. For instance, they were able to portray within six weeks how kindness and compassion resulted to social connectedness as well as positive emotions.

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