12 April 2017
How do you react to a negative situation? If someone is complaining, do you join in? It seems to be human nature that we are drawn into negative conversations and end up feeling those same negative emotions.
I read an interesting article this week about how mindset and positivity can help in combatting chronic negativity.
What a fantastic choice of words chronic negativity is, conjuring feelings of illness, or protracted malaise. It’s not the first time I have heard negativity described as disease-like. But it also means it is something that could be treated.
Really our brains – our minds – are just like any other muscle; we have to challenge them and stretch them to get the results that we want. Now I am not talking about mental illness here, simply about the way in which we see the world. The perspective that we choose and how we react has a huge impact on whether we feel positively or negatively.
The article unveils the findings of Dr Barbara Fredrickson, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina working on fostering positive emotions. She and her team found that six weeks of training in the form of meditation, focused on compassion and kindness, resulted in an increase in positive emotions and social connectedness and improved function of one of the main nerves that helps to control heart rate. It is possible to train the circuitry in the brain to promote more positive responses!
How incredible is that? Positivity is an invaluable trait as a business owner, and as a person of course! And it goes hand in hand with resilience; being able to bounce back from any given situation, stronger and with even more energy!
Imagine how much better the world would be if you turned your negative thoughts into positive ones? You’re almost guaranteed to be happy and fulfilled!