Beautiful Things Happen When You Distance Yourself From Negativity

Beautiful Things Happen When You Distance Yourself From Negativity
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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. The human brain is more inclined to process negative data faster and more thoroughly than positive ones. We vividly remember the faults of our partners more than their good traits and romantic efforts. Good memories fade but bad ones are here to stay.

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.

Suffice to say, negativity is 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.

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