Just How Much Positive Does It Take to Counter One Negative? [episode 29]

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I’ve got another short and sweet solo episode for you today, and while it’s a fairly simple topic, it completely blew my mind when I first learned about it! A few years ago, I found Ted Talker and author Shawn Achor; I proceeded to binge listen to all of his books (which are linked further down in the resources and links section), and I was hooked on everything I learned. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, he dives more into how to actually rewire our brains for positivity and happiness. One of the topics in his book comes from research done by Carlos Losada, and his concept known as the Losada line (or ratio).  

In today’s episode, I talk about how much positive it takes to counter one negative. After learning more about this particular ratio, and how it affects people’s overall moods and performance levels, it has me wondering what in the WORLD are we doing as a society?! I’m also sharing more about the amount of negativity (especially regarding news online and in real life) we come into contact with daily, and simple ideas for you to start noticing MORE of the positives around you in your everyday life.

This may not come as a surprise to you, but the amount of negative, disheartening information that is available to us at our fingertips today is problematic. It’s definitely not doing us any favors when it comes to our emotions (hello heavy, repressed emotions!), but the good news is, positivity breeds positivity. Spreading more positive change at home, at work, and in the world around us starts with us, but it doesn’t end with us – just like the good movement draws good movement principle!

In this episode, Just How Much Positive Does It Take to Counter One Negative?, we cover:

  • The amount of positive comments it takes to counter the effects of a negative comment
  • Understanding that you were NOT created to deal with and hold so much negativity that we have in our world today
  • Ideas to help you notice more of the positive (instead of negative) around you

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More about the Good Movement Draws Good Movement podcast:

In stockmanship (the art and science of handling cattle in a safe, effective, low-stress manner), we have this phrase . . . good movement draws good movement. 

It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

The same is true for humans. Good movement starts with us.

Welcome to Good Movement Draws Good Movement, the podcast where farmers, ranchers, and rural folks can grow relationally through awareness, understanding, and effective communication.

Hey, it’s me – T. I’m your host, and I, along with my guests, will be covering topics related to drawing good movement – things like self and social awareness, brain science, positive psychology, extending grace, and so much more. 

We’ll share tools that can help you understand why you are the way you are, why others are the way they are, and how you can use that to step out of self-told lies with grace and compassion to draw good movement in conversations, relationships, and life in rural America. 

Tune in every Tuesday and make sure to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode! Let’s go draw good movement!

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