Negative Thoughts? Throw Them Out (Literally) and Four Other Ideas

December 16, 2014 12:14 PM

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The human mind is wired to detect and dwell on negative events and circumstances. Think about cavemen who went out hunting and gathering food for their families. Those who survived did so because they were sharply attuned to possible attacks from saber-toothed tigers lurking in the bush.

In modern times, we don't need to run from predators, yet we're left with an evolutionary imprint called the negativity bias or the tendency to have greater sensitivity to negative events than to positive events. So how can we topple the negativity bias? How can we kick negative thoughts to the curb...

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