See the good

Negativity is a thief, it steals happiness

IMG_1254Our world can be full of negativity. To be honest I strongly believe it is just the way you see the things. Obviously things happen and people behave in a way which is not acceptable but the way you react to it depends completely on yourself. You can let yourself carried away with the negativity or resist against it.

Not only does negativity steal your happiness, it also affects your health. Chronic stress can be induced by negativity which then again leads to unhappiness. Depletion of important neurotransmitters which play an essential role for happiness is a consequence of chronic stress.

Studies have shown that chronic stress may lead to the reduction of lifespan due to the shortening of telomeres which are the end part of your DNA. Gastrointestinal problems as well as heart diseases are also major consequences.

Unhappiness caused by negativity can also lead to depression which has become a huge problem in our society nowadays.

Why does negativity influence our lives so much? In my opinion competition and our will to do better can be one of the influencing factors. Competition is everywhere in this day and age. We are competing for jobs, admission to good schools, better salaries or even promotions. In this respect we come across negativity.

Why did the other one get the job and not me? Why wasn’t I good enough? These are typical questions which may bother our minds. Additionally there are negative people everywhere who want to drain all the positive energy out of you. They will make you lose your self-esteem.

I used to be a very pessimistic person. I would see the negative aspect in everything first before seeing the good. A few years back I had a very bad phase in my life. Now I know it was mainly caused by chronic stress. I was excepting a lot from myself because there was a lot of pressure on me from others. I was unhappy and couldn’t enjoy things anymore. I hadreached a point where I knew I had to change something to not lose the things I’ve worked so hard for.

I knew I had to change the way I was thinking and slowly overcome my negative thoughts as well as negativity around myself to something positive.

Whenever something bad happens now, I try to ask myself: what is the good in this situation? How bad it may seem there is always something positive in there and finding it, may lead to happiness. Nowadays I try to eliminate people who want me to feel bad. You don’t need those people in your life.

So try to remember:

  • negativity will only harm your health and happiness
  • it is just the way you see things and your attitude towards it
  • bad things/phases are part of life; try to accept them
  • slowly replace negative thoughts by positive ones
  • always see the good in everything
  • eliminate negative people out of your life; they are toxic
  • life is a gift so be grateful

 

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