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It seems that our species simply has not evolved quickly enough to deal with the daily demands of the typical urban lifestyle. The habits and routines that helped keep earlier generations fit and provided a balance that reduced stress just aren’t there any more.

We lead a more sedentary lifestyle and our work tends to involve less physical activity. The pace of life is quicker too, leaving less time for reflection and introspection; many people are chronically over-stimulated and shun boredom as though it was a disease.

Of course a certain amount of stress is necessary and beneficial. But even those who thrive on competition, stimulus and demand, must learn to balance this with periods where they can withdraw, reflect and make sense of the world if they are to remain effective. Most people know this intuitively, which is why a common treatment for stress is ‘time off’.

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Does SM Make You Happier?

Social media

‘New’ things always attract criticism. Social Media is/are no longer new, but there are still plenty of pundits that will tell you that SM is bad. They did that with the use of biros in schools (spoils handwriting), and fast food (unhealthy).

Confusing the ‘new’ thing with how people manage to get into difficulty when using it is an error in thinking. Still, some of it is relevant. Coming back to SM, I’ve met quite a few people lately who can’t break the habit.

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Selective Optimism for Pessimists

optimism for pessimists

There are advantages to optimism that are worth considering, but some people are put off because they don’t want to be disloyal to negativity.

Optimism and pessimism are generally seen as opposites, but that doesn’t mean they are mutually exclusive; learning optimism does not mean abandoning negativity. If that is what turns you on, stick with it.

If you tend towards a pessimistic outlook, how about learning selective optimism? That way you can get the benefits and still be true to your negativity.

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