Tuesday, July 25, 2017

You read the negative rather than the positive posts

Interesting observation.... People do not like happy posts. They want drama and bad news and such posts are read the most. So I wonder why is that.

Most news you see and hear are negative: crime, natural disasters, terrorism, scandals, corruption. And people watch it, read it, discuss it. There is definite preference for bad news over good news.

Many studies have shown that people do care more about the threat of bad things than they do about the prospect of good things. They tend to get more fearful than happy. And each time they experience negative emotions they turn on the habitual thinking pattern.

Does writing positive or negative posts really matter?  Overall, readers like to read bad news first because it turns out that being a little unsettled can be motivating. So, if you are motivated to act on the bad feedback by making changes in your behavior, it is better to focus on what is wrong.

In what turned out to be a rather disheartening social experiment, the Russian news site City Reporter only reported good news to its readers for an entire day.

The site brought positive news stories to the front of its pages and found any and all silver linings in negative stories (“No disruption on the roads despite snow,” for example). The result was a smorgasbord of sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows — that absolutely no one wanted to read. The City Reporter lost two-thirds of its normal readership that day, according to a post by one of the editors on Facebook.

Are positive posts or articles annoying?

My conclusion is that you do find them a bit annoying. I am all for embracing a willingness to change, being open to a different way of thinking, being able to face the truth. Nobody likes fears and negativity, but the only way to chase out darkness is to recognize it in yourself.

My writing is a good way to get to the heart of these blocks for myself. I am being open and honest. I am re-reading my old posts and I look for negative story I’ve created for myself. How have I abused myself with my own thoughts? In my writing, you will find that you can be downright nasty to yourself sometimes!

Beating yourself up about past negative thoughts and behavior is a negative thing as well. The same goes for holding bad emotions against others — you are only hurting yourself by holding onto that negative energy.

By noticing these negative thoughts as they come, you can stop them from occurring as often. Nothing can bother you but your own thoughts. There is only so much you can control in your daily life. The act of accepting reality as it comes is the goal. Save your energy for what you actually have control over.

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