Group B was asked if 100 lives were lost, how many will be saved?
Group A had to convert from gains to loses and took 7 seconds.
Group B had to convert from loses to gains at took 11 seconds.
This brings us to the conclusion that when we think something negative, it stays in our head and prevents us from changing it.
It’s easy for us to see the negative things but all of us find it difficult to see things from bad to good, to see the same thing in a different way. In order to get rid of negative thoughts and see things from bad to good, we need to put in a lot of effort.
According to a researcher at UC Davis, practicing these things daily can boost our positivity:
(1) Writing things you are grateful for at the end of the day.
(2) Sharing good news among our peers.
All of us complain and it’s like an addiction. But it only pulls us down. Taking about positive things repeatedly is the key to a happier and more peaceful life.
Start writing a gratitude journal and explore your joys!
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Boydstun, A.E., Ledgerwood, A. and Sparks, J., 2019. A negativity bias in reframing shapes political preferences even in partisan contexts. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10(1), pp.53-61.
Ledgerwood, A. and Boydstun, A.E., 2014. Sticky prospects: Loss frames are cognitively stickier than gain frames. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 143(1), p.376.