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While we may have many good reasons to be pessimistic, we don't have to resign ourselves to it forever.
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Studies show that imagining your ideal future can increase your levels of optimism. Focusing on your dreams coming true turn your focus away from worrying about the worst possible outcome.
Imagine your ideal life in 10 years - what it would look like and how you would feel. Spend time considering family, career, romance or health. Now write it down once a week for the next two months.
When we expect the worst, we might be trying to protect ourselves from disappointment.
Disappointments are inevitable. We might as well have positive expectations that are occasionally proven wrong than negative expectations that are sometimes proven right.
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This is a concept that suggests that we can always change our attitude and behaviour, be aware of our thoughts and stop our negative self-talk.
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Pessimism is defined as the anticipation of good or bad things to happen in the future, while optimism is generally considered the opposite. Optimism can be defined as the individual difference variable reflecting the extent of which we hold positive expectancies for the upcoming event.
The ways in which we think affects our health, well-being and success, even though the situations are the same.
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Professions like the ones in accounting and law develop a sense of pessimism in the individuals practicing them. However, being obsessed with prudence at work and continue being like this at home i...
In order to be happy, you must first train your brain to perceive the good that happens to you.
One way to do this is by writing down three good experiences you live on a daily basis: appreciation comes from within, just like happiness.
While comparing yourself to others might not be extremely helpful, comparing yourself to people who are in a less good position than you might actually lead to you feeling better.
So, if you really feel this need, try not comparing yourself but to the ones in an inferior position.
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There is no major conclusion in positive psychology that has not been challenged, modified or even rejected.
Yet the fact that positive psychology is becoming more popular means that it gives hope, optimism and perhaps happiness to millions of its consumers.
The story of positive psychology started just 20 years ago with Martin Seligman, head of the American Psychological Association. The idea he considered was: What if every person was encouraged to nurture his or her character strengths, rather than being scolded into fixing their shortcomings?
He reorientated the entire discipline of psychology away from mostly treating mental illness and toward human flourishing, then used his authority to promote it.
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Viruses aren’t the only things that spread through networks of people. Attitudes and behaviors do too. And we should take advantage of it.
Spreading happiness and kindness right now is ...
70% of our happiness comes from your relationships with other people. And the social distancing situation has left some with zero people around them.
So reach out. Extended time without social contact is bad: Send a text, make that phone/video call, anything you want to let people know you care and are thinking about them.
Ask people if they need anything. There are people out there in need of a little more than well wishes right now. And when people see others helping, they’re more likely to help.
Also, if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.
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We can become side-tracked if we are too preoccupied with mental errors.
Some biases are underappreciated but can be lifesavers.
When you are confronted with financial salesmanship, you are able to spot and avoid nonsense. Nonsense can be anything from overconfident projections to accounting gymnastics to fraud.
What is common is a belief that the level of nonsense in a proposition should be proportionate to its marketing zeal. Skepticism, up to the point of cynicism around sales, can be a useful filter that saves you countless headaches.
The enjoyment bias states that an inefficient investing strategy that you enjoy will beat an efficient one that feels like work.
The key to a lot of things in finance is maintaining endurance when there is a downturn. Loving the companies you buy or your strategies is a bias because it doesn't align with cold, rational thinking. But that emotional attachment to your investments keeps you playing during hard times.
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Burnout is job-induced depression.
When you suffer from burnout,
Double Down On Relationships. Those who increase their social activity when things get hard handles stress the best.
We are all afraid of new experiences, especially of the ones that require us to leave the safety of our comfort zone.
The way we react whenever this occurs has a big influence on how w...
There are two types of mindset: fixed and growth.
The first one can be met at individuals who believe that both success and failure are based mainly on innate abilities, which cannot be changed throughout one's lifetime, while the second mindset describes a person who is aware of the changes and improvements that the personal actions can bring.
Our mindset is said to be shaped by previous experiences as well as by a reward-based learning system.
Getting the necessary motivation while facing new challenges with a positive mindset can truly change your experience.
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Charismatic people offer encouragement instead of skeptically listening to people’s goals and ideas. Find ways to encourage people while still holding them accountable:
Charismatic people have lots of connections and share them regularly. Highly charismatic people are not only great at meeting new people, but also sharing their talent with their connections by introducing people who they know will get along well.
This quality is part of the reason charismatic people are such sought after connections; they spread their social wealth.
Likable leaders earn the trust of their team members and treat them well, and that makes the team’s performance better.
Teams with likable leaders tend to be more stable long-term because of lower turnover rates and are also better with changes since they are more likely to have employees committing to adopting to new ways.
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