Yes, a group of experts have discovered that complaining physically rewires your brain and make you feel anxious and depressed. So, in this article we’re going to talk about how negativity rewires your brain and 4 useful tricks to avoid it. Just take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Ladies and gentlemen, I really think that we can all agree on one thing – we all know a person who’s a consistent negative ninny? Agree? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Yes, these people see the glass half empty, but they insist that they are just hard-edged realists. According to the experts, there are a couple different types of draining energies but all of them stream from one core value – NEGATIVITY.
First of all, you should know that nobody is completely innocent or immune of negativity and that’s a fact. Unfortunately, the real and ugly truth is that we all complain from time to time without even realizing it. It’s pretty much a part of our culture nowadays. Dr. Robin Kowalski, professor of psychology at Clemson University, says that everyone complains, at some point, at least a little. He also said that there are a few varieties when it comes to complainers. I’m sure you can stick a face to each different category.
- Vent-ers – they are people who are very displeased and they don’t want to hear solutions, no matter how helpful they may be.
- Sympathy Seekers – I can bet that you already know someone who’s a sympathy seeker. Sympathy seekers are the ones that are always looking for attention with their “I’ve got it worse than you do” attitude or their constant and everything sucks demeanor.
- Chronic Complainers:chronic complainers (we all hate them, right?) are people who are living in a state of complaint, do something researchers call “ruminating.” This basically means thinking and complaining about a problem again and again. Instead of feeling a release after complaining, this sort of complaining can actually make things worse. It can cause even more worry and anxiety.
And, don’t get this the wrong way – I’m not saying that you should “throw” away all your bad habits and try to be a squeaky clean free-flying positive ninny. No, ladies and gentlemen, I’m not even close to that. I’m just saying that bouts of negativity are normal and encouraged to reset our systems. What you want to be mindful of, is if you are being excessively negative (negative all the time). And, now you probably ask yourself – why? That’s easy to answer – because negativity breeds negativity. And, unfortunately, most of us may have been unintentionally reinforcing the nasty habit of complaining, by virtue of… well, you already know the answer – complaining.
Negativity Rewires Your Brain:
As we mentioned before, negativity completely rewires your brain, to feel anxious and depressed. Even the famous expert and neuropsychologist, Dr. Donald Hebb, thinks that neurons which fire together, wire together. Well, he actually says that groups of neurons connect in our brain as a result of particular life experiences. Note: just take this for example – whenever we think a thought or have a feeling or physical sensation, thousands of neurons are triggered and they all get together to form a neural network. The brain learns to trigger the same neurons with repetitive thinking. Ladies and gentlemen, if you keep your mind focused on criticism, worry, and victimization, your mind will find it more easy to bring up those same thoughts for similar situations. Our thought patterns wire our brains to react positively or negatively to the situations we are presented. And, the question remains – we get good at what we practice, so why don’t we try being a little more positive?
Four (PROVEN AND EFFECTIVE) tricks to avoid negativity:
- First of all, you should always be grateful. Yes, be grateful even for the smallest of things.
- You should catch yourself. Well, this actually means that you should catch yourself in a complaint. And yes, do the world a favor – stop complaining. Congratulate yourself for being aware!
- You should make a new groove – this means that we can create a brand-new groove for pleasant feelings. And, remember this – the more often we allow our minds to remember the good stuff, the easier that kind of thinking becomes.
- And, you should always practice wise effort. Well, wise effort is letting go of that which is not helpful and cultivating that which is skillful.
Ladies and gentlemen, we really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one! And, yes – stop complaining and fee yourself from negativity. It will consume you and destroy your health and your life!