We all know the old question: is the glass half full or half empty. What if how we define ourselves, in the scope of that phrase, makes a huge difference in our future?

Image: Which are you

Source: favim

Do you even recognize your own patterns in the diagram above?

If you asked a good friend to be honest, which would they say you are: a glass half full person, or the opposite? We all know what we wish they’d say, but is wishing enough?

What if it was possible to change our patterns around those mindsets?

It turns out that negativity is what we gravitate to for some very interesting biological and neurological reasons, so if that state of mind is instinctive, why can’t we just think our way past our impulses?

UC Davis’ Alison Ledgerwood thinks there may be hope. Check this out:

This is one of those videos that I’ll keep in my own personal bookmarks, because it’s something I need to remember more and more: we can get out of our bad moods, negative biases and toxic expectations.

We just have to be mindful enough to look at ourselves in the mirror.

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

Want to see a few more insightful articles?

We are changing the negative dialogue about the future here at Ever Widening Circles. To accomplish that, we’re writing carefully fact-checked articles to demonstrate this is still an amazing world. All our pieces are featuring current innovations that are lost in the chaos of our mass media!

You’ll find thought-leaders in science, the arts, technology, business, culture, sports, music, nature and every other field you can think of here. Just head to our homepage and make yourself at home! There’s plenty for you to explore!

Or, if you’d like to let fate decide what you learn next, just click on the “Surprise Me!” button in the side bar (or just click on that link!) and a randomly selected article will be delivered straight to your screen!

Notes:

  1. Ledgerwood, Alison. “Getting Stuck in the Negatives (and How to Get Unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis.” YouTube. TEDx Talks, 222 June 2013. Web. 9 May 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XFLTDQ4JMk>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.