I was texting back someone this morning who was writing to apologize for something so small I had not even thought about it. My response back to her was "no worries - I have not even given it a thought." I paused while writing thinking about the word "giving" and the idea that our brains only have a certain amount of thoughts to give in any moment. I was happy that I had not given my thoughts to this matter but then I thought about all the matters I do give my attention to - most are matters as insignificant as the one above and the majority of the ones that are important, are out of my control.
It makes sense that when scientists have studied humans brains using imaging, it shows our brains are much more stimulated by negative thoughts than by positive. We are literally hard-wired to dwell on the negative and our brains like it. It is called the negativity bias and as defined by Wikipedia, refers to the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature have a greater effect on one's psychological state and processes than do neutral or positive things.
Being a company that is a thought leader in bringing more positive attitudes into the world, our goal is to inspire you to overcome this overwhelming negativity bias. It seems fitting that our inspiration today begins with a a sales rack. Imagine you are in your favorite store and they have a sales rack full of shirts. You look through and grab the shirts you love to try on and the ones you don't love, you glance at for a second and move on. After all, would you spend your time trying on a shirt that you know you did not like?! Now imagine yourself doing the same with your thoughts. Try on the ones that feel good. Let us know how it goes!
Bee Grateful is our Hive Five shirt - $5 from the sale of every Grateful crew sold, goes to Thistle Farms. Read more here.