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Can this four-minute brain hack turn you into an optimist?

While the human brain's negativity bias may be programmed into our DNA, how we respond to it is learned through experience, which means we can also learn to overcome it. While some people's actions are guided more by wanting to achieve a positive outcome, such as getting a good grade on an assignment, reaching a goal or mastering a skill—other people are motivated more by wanting to avoid the opposite, negative outcome of poor grades or failure. The former "approach motivation" is linked to posi...
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Stuck? We've got 50 secrets motivated people use to get things done.

 We all lose momentum sometimes no matter how worthy our goals. When you're making plans and setting goals, you feel a sense of optimism for your success. Once you start putting them into action however, your enthusiasm and energy can taper off making it harder for you to stay on target. And the harder it gets, the more likely you'll start heading towards a downward spiral of demotivation. To help you avoid the slump, Nina Zipkin shares here some top tips for kickstarting your motivation an...
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Science: You're probably underestimating your chances of success

Breaking bad habits and making positive changes in your life requires focus and commitment. Although it takes dedication and practice to create lasting change, it may not be as difficult as you think it’s going to be. This article explores how the brain’s negativity bias can skew your perceptions making you underestimate your progress and causing you to give up too soon, while pre-empting the bias can make you more optimistic and improve your chances of success.   [Read the full article on ...
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4 reasons you should celebrate others’ success

Feeling genuinely happy for other people’s success helps you create the right mindset for your own success. Envy, on the other hand, can make you feel not quite good enough or distort your sense of fairness, and feeling resentful prevents you from reaching your full potential. Najma Khorrami looks at how embracing the successes of those we’re close to—our family, friends, and co-workers—boosts our optimism and how this benefits our health, relationships, willpower and success. [Read the full art...
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