Are you one of the many people struggling to be positive in this overly negative world?As humans, it is normal for our minds to stick towards more negative ways of thinking, but this can be changed to improve your life.
Professional Social Psychologist Alison Ledgerwood has always wondered why this was, and throughout the many papers she has published and attempted to publish she has noted a deep tendency for negativity. Ledgerwood conducted several social experiments to see if a person’s view of their ‘glass’ could be changed.
Her participants were separated into two groups for one of the experiments, the participants were told about a new surgery technique that depending on which group they were in, they were made aware of a seventy percent success rate or a thirty percent failure rate. The group told about the success rates seemed to like the idea of the procedure more, but quickly changed their preference when told about the failure rate. The other group were not interested because of the failure rate and were still not interested when told about the success rate. You see this group continued to think of the surgery itself with the failure rate.
Because of this, it was concluded that we tend to naturally focus more on the negative things, rather than the positive. That being said, through proper reconstruction with our thoughts we can make a good habit to think more positively. It starts with being more forgiving and grateful for all of the things in your life. The things we do impact others, if we do good, they too may do good.
To find out the best way to rewire your brain check out Ledgerwood’s TED talk video. Believe me, she is truly inspirational! In the following video, she goes over the rest of the experiments as referred to above and I am behind her with every word! Do you want to think better? I will be looking at things much more optimistically from here on out.