July 15

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Negativity Bias

Negativity bias is a real thing. It's our tendency to register negative events more profoundly than positive ones. We hang onto them longer, too.

A great example lies in social media.

Remember how during Donald Trump's presidency, people would post on a daily basis about everything he was doing wrong?

But since Joe Biden was elected, you would be hard pressed to find a single post about any of the positive things he has done.

It's okay to acknowledge that we all have a negativity bias. Because when you acknowledge it, you can do something to offset it.

This is where gratitude journals come in handy. They sound hokey, but they've been proven to be one of the most effective ways to become a more positive person.

It's simple.

In the morning, write down some things you are grateful for.

That's it.

You'll feel just a little more positive that day, and the results accrue over time as you make it a daily habit.

Positivity really can be that simple.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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