Did you know your brain rewards you for thinking NEGATIVELY?
In a 1998 paper psychologist John Cacioppo and team concluded, “Negative information tends to influence evaluations more strongly than comparably extreme positive information.”
In the pre-historic age humans were faced with fatal dangers such as predators and natural disasters day in and day out. Natural selection preferred those who could anticipate and avoid danger better than others. Thus our brain developed its “negative bias” – essentially an enhanced ability to register and learn from negative events and anticipate negative outcomes.
So if you want to look at the world through a realistic lens, you need to put in conscious effort.
Notice the positive.
Remember the positive.
Emphasize the positive.