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“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.”
Science says that it’s human instinct to lean towards the bleak. It does not however benefit us when we ruminate and expose ourselves repeatedly to negativity. In a study participated by college students, it was found that those who focused mainly on the negative outcomes reported having lower self-esteem, lower self-satisfaction, and higher instances of psychological trauma. Even in the span of eight weeks, the negative outcomes persisted as the individuals replay those negative thoughts and images in their heads uncontrollably.
Repeated negative-thinking clouds our perceptions of ourselves and the world at large. Consequently, it destroys our self-esteem as negative self-talk takes over reality. When this happens, we also tend to be aggressive – both verbally and physically – toward others, according to a 2005 study. Low self-esteem comes in many “faces” but effects are the same: bad relationships, low performance, high levels of stress, loneliness and anxiety that leads to substance abuse, and depression.
Negativity is curiously addictive but ultimately dangerous in every aspect of life. Positive psychologists recommend turning negativity into humor instead. Not taking ourselves too seriously puts things into proper perspectives and allows us to see the other side of negativity. While this may be undeniably harder for some, it’s totally worth it.
Our chosen quote speaks to the power of positivity and the impact that it can have on our lives. By distancing ourselves from negativity, we open ourselves up to the beauty and potential that life has to offer. Negativity can come in many forms, from negative people and toxic relationships, to negative thoughts and self-talk. These negative influences can weigh us down and prevent us from reaching our full potential.
One of the key things to understand is that negativity is often a choice. We can choose to focus on the negative aspects of a situation, or we can choose to focus on the positive. When we choose to distance ourselves from negativity, we are choosing to see the world in a more positive light. This can lead to a greater sense of well-being and happiness, as well as increased motivation and productivity.
Another important aspect of distancing ourselves from negativity is learning to recognize it. This means being aware of the negative thoughts, words and actions of those around us, as well as our own negative thoughts and self-talk. Once we are aware of negativity, we can then make a conscious effort to remove it from our lives. This can be done by limiting our exposure to negative people and situations, and actively seeking out positive influences.
One of the most powerful ways to distance ourselves from negativity is to practice gratitude. This means taking the time to appreciate the good things in our lives, no matter how small they may be. When we focus on gratitude, we naturally shift our focus away from negativity and towards positivity.
In conclusion, distancing ourselves from negativity is essential for leading a fulfilling and happy life. It is a choice that we make every day, and one that has the power to change our lives for the better. We can choose to focus on the negative or the positive, but it is clear that by choosing positivity, we open ourselves up to a world of beauty and potential.