You’re Not As Good (or as Bad) As You Think

There’s something strange that our brains do.

We tend to hyperbolize how we’re feeling in one direction or another.

Either we’re having a great day or a terrible one.

It’s a good hair day or a bad hair day.

Our team is either winning or losing.

The truth is much more boring.

If we just took an extra second to zoom out for a second, we might see what others see. The good news (and the bad news) is that it’s never as good (or as bad) as it seems.

The more we can look at ourselves pragmatically, the easier it is to see the world as it actually is. This means seeing our Facebook friends and co-workers as they actually are. This means our grip on the world is more founded on the truth, and we are less likely we are to make important decisions along the ebb and flow of our experience.

What a fresh dose of clarity for our mental health that would be, right?

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When was the last time you beat yourself up for something?

How might you talk to yourself if you were one of your friends, instead?

Using this little question/technique can quickly cut through the fogginess of self-reflection.

Use it today, you might just learn something about yourself.

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