Depending on your point of view, the world seems to be in a negative spiral 🌀, the economy, cost of living, the earth, politics, royals etc etc.
Certainly, from the media’s point of view, there’s little else going on. But then they are literally paid 💰 to feed you the most dramatic, terrible news of the day, even if it’s detrimental to the bigger picture. Bad news sells, right.
Well, from research by Alison Ledgerwood, Department of Psychology UC Davis – “Gain Frame vs Loss Frame”, (and I’m about to paraphrase poorly) if you frame something in a positive way and then switch it to negative, people can remain largely positive. However, if you start by framing in a negative way and switch it to positive, they remain negative or have to work damn hard to change.
When you think about the implications of that eg starting your day with the news, or focusing on the negatives at work, you can see the implications.
On a macro level, you can see why kids [substitute relevant party here] who have terrible starts in life, find it so difficult to trust that things can be better.
You can take this to any level.
My personal recipe: stop watching/reading the news (I skim the headlines with critical eye), meditate, get out of the house (so much for remote working), and work at finding solutions not problems.
P.S. a small step … I absolutely love the free ‘Good News’ app in the Apple Store.
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