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The Pros and Cons of Negativity

Everyone knows that negativity is psychologically bad. For instance, negativity has been associated with poorer memory, decrease in perception, and even limiting reason and logic skills. Furthermore, severe negativity has been known to cause depression and even suicide. Additionally, negativity has also been proven to be physically harmful too. For instance, negativity can cause loss of appetite, and thus lead to skin and internal organs becoming anemic. In some extreme cases, negativity is believed to have even killed. Therefore, I think everyone can agree that negativity has been proven to be harmful.

Yet some negativity can also be good. Only through difficulties and stress do people learn and grow the most. It is well know that conflicts and annoyances are the best sources of change and inventions. Case in point, I think everyone is familiar with the adage that "if necessity is the mother of invention, then laziness is the father."

The problem is the fine balance between too much and too little negativity. I think everyone has a different tolerance for negativity and this limit continuously changes for everyone too. Therefore the only solution is to be always aware of the amount of negativity inside each of us and their affects around us, thus we would be able to make minor adjustments to our mental health whenever necessary. These adjustments may mean a short break, a long relaxing lunch, or even a much needed vacation far away from everything stressful.

So you may want to ask yourself these questions. Are you too negative? Or are you too positive? If yes to either question, what are you going to do about it?

by Phil for Humanity
on 07/20/2008

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