Written by Zameena Mejia.
If you want to be more happy and successful in life, it’s important to fight the brain’s natural tendency to focus on the negative. Instead, try looking at the world through a positive, self-compassionate mindset, according to Stanford psychologist and Yale School of Management director Emma Seppälä.
Albert Einstein and Alibaba’s Jack Ma are prime examples of using this mindset in order to lead successful careers, as noted in Seppälä’s book, “The Happiness Track.”
Seppälä tells CNBC Make It that most human brains exhibit a psychological tendency called “negativity bias.”
“As far as our minds are concerned, bad is stronger than good,” she writes. To counter this, Seppälä recommends we learn how the brain works.
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