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3 ways to turn adversity into an inspired state of mind

The human brain is primed for negativity. And this negativity bias can trick your brain into overestimating threats and underestimating opportunities. During times of adversity we may feel overcome by fear, worry or anxiety—and we underestimate our capacity to deal with the difficulties we're facing. "In times of personal difficulty, it's easy to feel like you don't have any choices. But how you seize the day is a choice," writes Lee Rhodes. Here, she shares how she learned to face adversity hea...
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Is negativity bias sabotaging your success?

Many of us have a natural tendency to react more intensely to negative experiences, comments, interactions, thoughts, and feelings, than to equally strong positive ones. This negativity bias served an evolutionary purpose in keeping our caveman ancestors acutely aware of threats to their survival. Although it's no longer needed to serve that purpose, our brains are still wired for negativity. The tendency to detect and dwell more on the negative can adversely impact your performance, relationshi...
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Doing something creative can boost your well-being

 New research is shedding more light on the link between positive emotions and creativity. Although previous studies have shown that being creative is associated with a positive mood, they haven't been able to establish which one causes the other. The latest research however, provides strong evidence to suggest creativity boosts positive emotions rather than the other way round. The researchers also conclude that engaging in everyday creative activities may have a lasting effect on our over...
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8 quick things you can do to make Monday your most productive day of the week

If today feels like the worst day of the week to you, you're not alone. A lot of people don't like Mondays. If you work a traditional nine-to-five, it means the start of your working week and the Monday blues often begin on Sunday night with the dread of having to get up in the morning. Starting the day in a negative frame of mind can impact your productivity for the rest of the day. To help you set a more positive tone for the day—and the rest of the week—Nicolas Cole shares here some top tips ...
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This is the process I follow to stop negative thoughts from occupying my mind

Negative thoughts can quickly escalate making them difficult to control. According to research the more you allow negative thoughts to occupy your mind without interruption, the more interconnected they become, says Ryan Engelstad. And yet you probably have subtle warning signs to alert you that negative thoughts are starting to build up. Being aware of the warning signs gives you a chance to take action to manage your thoughts and behaviors more effectively, says Engelstad. Here, he shares some...
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4 simple morning habits that will improve your day (and each takes only 5 minutes)

How you start your morning is important. Those precious first minutes, often considered the most important of the day, have the power to set the tone for the rest of your day. While a negative morning mood can affect the quality of your work and lead to a loss in productivity, a positive frame of mind can carry you through the day regardless of the challenges ahead. If your morning routine consists of hitting the snooze button, getting up at the last possible moment, taking a quick shower, grabb...
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9 ways to say no to negativity

Our brains' negativity bias means we have an in-built tendency to focus more on negative things, such as unpleasant thoughts or experiences, than on positive things. While it's important to tilt the scales towards more positive thinking, simply reciting positive affirmations to counteract negative thinking may not be effective. It can even be counterproductive for some people. "Before you can implement positivity strategies…you have to start by decreasing negativity," Writes Patty Onderko. She s...
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Want to lower your stress at work? Commute by bike

Paying attention to how you start your workday can help to improve your mood and productivity throughout the day. When you start the day in a positive mood you are more likely to stay that way, while a negative morning mood may be hard to shake off and can affect how you interact with customers and coworkers. A stressful commute is one aspect of your daily routine that can put you in a bad mood and affect your performance at work. One option for reducing stress is to ride a bicycle to work, inst...
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4 simple ways to end each workday happy (you're welcome!)

Very few, if any, jobs are 100 per cent perfect, so it’s natural to complain occasionally when you’ve had a bad day at work. If every day starts to feel like a bad day, however, and your frustrations start spilling out too often into your personal life, it’s time to take back control and stop allowing events at work to dictate your mood. With this in mind, Abby Wolfe shares her top tips for developing habits that will help you end each day on a positive note and look forward to the next. [Read t...
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5 ways to be the patient person you never thought you could be

They say patience is a virtue. Rather than being an inherent quality though, it’s a skill you can develop. Being patient can mean not reacting impulsively when your emotions have been triggered and it can also mean delaying gratification when you’re pursuing a goal, especially a long-term one. Being patient reduces anger, lowers stress, helps you avoid and resolve conflict, and allows you to think more clearly and make better decisions. To help you reap these benefits, Patty Onderko shares here ...
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