TED-talks that helped me change: #3 – Shawn Achor
Whether it be a product of culture, the times, or human nature, it is instinctual for modern people to look for the negative in any given situation. We build an image in our heads of what we would like the world to be, then eagerly point out anything that diverges from that ideal as inherently wrong.
It is easy to see how this way of thinking sets us up for constant disappointment. Not only because we are seldom as capable of bringing about these ideal circumstances as we think, but also because our personal utopia is made impossible by a world that is constantly and inevitably changing.
So we point out everything that is wrong with the world and allow ourselves to be righteously upset (after all, the world has disappointed us). But being angry and upset costs us energy. Consequently, we end up lacking the energy required to change our lives, which is what we set out to do in the first place.
In this TED-talk, we begin touching on the subject of reprogramming our brains, which I will delve deeper into in the future. For now, suffice to say that if you make a habit of thinking about a few things in your life for which you can be grateful, you will soon find it easier to recognise the potential for gratefulness in other situations as well. By spending a few minutes every day on this simple exercise you will build a more positive attitude towards life.
Yes, it’s that simple.
In Shawn Achor’s energetic, positive, and funny presentation, you will discover other equally simple ways to alter your attitude for the better. I can only add that using these methods has helped me immensely.