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More Wisdom More Fun

December 31, 2011

My Wise Self shuts down when I am in a complaining mode. It’s like I drop into the zone between cell towers and communication with the small sweet voice inside stops. It’s not much fun. Once I noticed this, I got to wondering – if complaint deactivates, what activates the Wise Self?

According to researchers a 3:1 ratio tips the scales. That’s 3 positive thoughts to every negative thought! How about over the past 24 hours? How often did you feel amused, awe, grateful, hopeful, inspired, or serene? How often did your thoughts run along the lines of angry, ashamed, contemptuous, disgusted, guilty, or scared?

We choose. Downward spirals are fueled by negativity. We feel burdened, powerless, even lifeless. Our immune systems are depressed. Upward spirals are energized by positivity. We feel uplifted, alive and far more capable of creating a future we really want. We greet change with a sense of adventure. Igniting our passion, we make the difference we want to make.

Our wisdom flourishes when we look for what IS working and amplify it. Positive emotions produce success and health. We fashion more accurate mental maps of the world. More wisdom equals more fun!

If you are interested in learning more – take a look at the book Positivity by Professor Barbara L. Fredrickson. Her research shows that positivity is key to building new skills, new ties, new knowledge, and new ways of being.

I love life. There is always goodness happening, always opportunities, always new intriguing people to meet.

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I will meet you there.” Rumi

Here’s to flourishing wisdom in 2012!

Karen

P.S. If you want to compute your positivity ratio check out www.positivityratio.com

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