Why Sharing Good News is Healthy and How to Do It
Research has shown that we actually experience three times more positive experiences than we do negative. Think about it, you could be having the very best day. You woke up early after a great, restful sleep, everything went well from minute one, work flew by, lunch was terrific, and there was no traffic. Then it happens. Somebody says one stupid thing to you and BAM. Day ruined.
Researchers have also found that the reason we let one dumb little thing ruin our otherwise perfect day happens because of two reasons: habituation and negativity bias.
Habituation refers to the fact that although we process bursts of happiness throughout the day, we get used to these bursts, over time, and for some reason they no longer have the same effect on us.
Negativity bias means our mind is conditioned to give negative thought more weight, which means we put our focus on those negative things and remember them better. Humans bond over negative experiences. We find common ground to be able to have conversations with others over our negative experiences. Especially when we feel down, we tend to gravitate to others who are down, commiserating with each other.
When others are down, we tend to share our own downer stories to make them feel better when in fact we should be countering that negative with something much more positive. Because sharing something negative just makes us relive it and makes us feel crappy again.
Research also shows us how to get out of the horrible negative spin. It’s really pretty simple and just requires a bit of practice.
Talk to people about GOOD things. Even if you’re sad, even if they are sad, avert your attention, and theirs, to something more positive.
Write down three things every day that you are grateful for. It’s a proven fact that if you write down what you are thankful for – you will literally START LOOKING for MORE things to be thankful for. It’s a great habit to have and it will lead you to become more positive and a happier person in general.
Share your positive feelings and thoughts with those close to you. The very act of sharing good and positive things will drastically change your mental environment. Try keeping a happiness journal and jot down things that make you happy.
By far the best thing you can do to increase your happiness and create a positive environment is to SHARE your positive experiences with others. Just the same as a negative person will begin to rub off on you and make you feel drained and negative too – being positive will rub off on others and give them positive energy.
The best way we can support ourselves and others is by keeping a positive attitude as much as possible, to share our positive experiences, and to support the positive experiences of others.
And consider this, every time you share your positive experience, it actually heightens the impact it had on you in the first place because you are reliving it each time you retell it and it makes you feel good.
University of California San Diego researchers have found that sharing our positive experiences in person and also ONLINE can actually magnify the intensity of global emotional synchrony.
Tubingen University scientists in Germany tracked emotional responses of Facebook users in the US and Germany and found that happiness was triggered in 64% of people who read positive posts online.
We know that positive information causes a ripple effect when shared. There is no better influence to have on someone than a positive one.
So how can you spread more good and positive things? Visit websites that share the good news! Being Better Humans, Love What Matters, Good News Network, and the Daily Good are a few to get you started.
Commit to writing at least one (to start) POSITIVE post per day on every social media account you have whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. One post will soon turn into every post over time because you’ll feel the change and you’ll love it. And others will respond to it and do the same (ripple effect again.)
Sharing good news is NOT a small gesture! It is actually HUGE. If we want to see a change in the world with the news we are seeing, we have to show that better news, good news – POSITIVE news is what we are looking for. You are the captain of your ship. Navigate it into positive waters.