Talking about positive emotions can be tricky. On the one hand, they’re obviously an enjoyable part of life, and so we want more of them. On the other hand, intentionally using the science of positive emotions feels somehow…clinical. Positive emotions are just a thing that’s supposed to happen naturally, right?
Well, not exactly. In fact, our brains have actually evolved with a strong bias toward negativity. Negative images and events catch our attention more readily and hold our attention for longer than their positive counterparts. What’s more, this effect is more exaggerated in some of us, leaving us all with different “setpoints” for positivity.1
With that in mind, is there merit to overcoming our natural negativity bias?
Study after study has shown that we not only feel better, but we also perform better when we’re in more positive states. These benefits of positive states can be divided […]