From our Newsletter: Bad is Stronger Than Good. The struggle of good vs. bad has existed for centuries, probably since the beginning of time. Research now reveals that there’s greater power in bad events concerning every day and significant life events. Bad emotions, bad bosses, and bad relationships all have more impact on us than good events.
Bad information is processed and analyzed more thoroughly than good. And we are always more motivated to avoid bad self-definitions than to pursue good ones.
Bad is Stronger Than Good? You may be thinking, how pessimistic? This is bad news!
But hold on, not so fast. The fact that science has proven that bad is stronger than good concerning human existence is knowledge. Earlier, we learned that stress is nothing more than information.
Just as stress is not harmful, it is merely information informing you to adapt or make a change. Bad is stronger than good is information too. It’s a warning flag, a shot over the bow.
The research is not saying that bad will always triumph over good. It does mean that when equal measures of good and bad are present, the effects of bad outweigh those of good.
But it is also true that several good events, a reserve of good can overcome the effects of bad events. So the idea is to increase the numbers of good in your life. Stack the deck in your favor.
I’ve said it numerous times. Negativity will find you without any effort on your part. If you want positive, growth, good, you have to seek it out.
Here’s How to Begin Stacking the Deck in Your Favor
Daily Investment Over the Occasional View. Do something every day to offset the inevitable negativity and frustration you will encounter.
Build a Reserve. Read, collect quotes, stories, and vignettes that inspire you.
Write Your Own Growth Essays. It’s affirming to read stories, but it’s liberating to write your own!
Join a Community of Energizers and Advocates. Daily interaction with people who lift you higher, hold you accountable, and offer new ideas and perspectives will influence your world view. Your overall attitude will grow a good way.
“If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.” –George Bernard Shaw