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Enjoying Life

Nothing endured is ever enjoyed.

A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still, they plagued him.

Finally, he wrote to the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: "What shall I do now?"
In due course, the reply came: "We suggest you learn to love them."

Nothing endured is ever enjoyed.

Isn't it true that the way we look at things is more important than what we're looking at?! The mindset with which we approach life will always dictate our experience of and how we view things. This goes for everything from job satisfaction to a healthy self-esteem. We are and we become what we think of ourselves.
A study conducted by a social psychologist Barbara Fredrickson at the University of North Carolina finds that positive emotions expand our awareness in such a way that at the moment that we are experiencing positive emotions, our peripheral vision expands, our ability to take in more of our surroundings and connect the dots and see the big picture is facilitated.
This suggests that we have the power and ability to control our reality if we pay more attention to how we are responding emotionally.
The study also elaborated on how negative emotions will hit us harder as they are known to be much more intense and attention-grabbing than our positive emotions, which are comparably more subtle.
Most of us don't look forward to going back to work on Mondays, not because the day is inherently bad or cursed, but because we have associated the day with certain negative work-related emotions. These emotions can be reconfigured for a better outlook on this very important day of the week, and in the same way, we can change the outcomes in many other areas of our lives.
But for starters, maybe it's time we start our Mondays off differently, with a more positive vibe, replacing those ingrained negative bias with more positive ones, as we look forward to enjoying the rewards that come with it.
Here's to looking forward to every Monday (whether work or vacation) from now on!

Tosin Adewumi
The All-Round You | Passion Reveals Purpose

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