Community, Mental Health, Motivational

Are You OK?

Charlotte Dawson's tragic death, reminded me of a recent campaign that highlighted the issue of mental illness, primarily depression and suicide, in our community. The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging all people to regularly and meaningfully ask 'are you ok?' as a support to colleagues and those who may… Continue reading Are You OK?

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Community, Mental Health, Motivational

Stopping the Negative Self-Talk – Changing your ‘me, myself and I’ Time

We are our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. You have a train of thought on which you ride when you are alone and quietly thinking. The self-worth you feel, as well as the happiness your life brings, depends upon the direction in which this train is moving, the baggage it carries and the emotional space through which it travels.

Community, Mental Health, Motivational

Killing Negativity – Thinking Negatively? Why Do We Do It to Ourselves? – continued from previous post

Why do we think negatively when we know better? Because thinking negatively, expecting “the worst,” seeing the downside of positive situations, and even downright expecting failure, all convey a kind of backwards-thinking, emotional insurance policy.Sometimes, as foolish as it sounds, we would rather be right about our negative predictions than have a positive outcome prove… Continue reading Killing Negativity – Thinking Negatively? Why Do We Do It to Ourselves? – continued from previous post

Mental Health, Motivational

Thinking Negatively? Why Do We Do It?

Why do we think negatively when we know better? Because thinking negatively, expecting “the worst,” seeing the downside of positive situations, and even downright expecting failure, all convey a kind of backwards-thinking, emotional insurance policy. It goes something like, “If I expect a tragedy, then I won’t be disappointed when it takes place.” Our desire to want to be right is another common reason we subconsciously choose negative thinking. Sometimes, as foolish as it sounds, we would rather be right about our negative predictions than have a positive outcome prove us wrong. And since negative thinking leads to negative actions, or no action at all in many cases, by thinking negatively we create a self-fulfilling prediction for ourselves. In other words, we think negatively, predict a negative outcome, act negatively, and then receive a negative outcome that fulfills our prediction.