There are people in the world who suffer from intolerable conditions such as war and famine, but for most of us in the developed world, suffering is optional. We have plentiful clean water, fresh food and shelter. The daily problems we face are merely annoyances that we turn into big problems thanks to negative bias within our brains. When dealing with a bothersome issue, ask yourself, is this going to matter in five days, let alone five years? Putting things into perspective reduces the size of the problem.
- The human brain’s fixation on negative outcomes kept our ancestors safe, but causes problems in modern times.
- When facing a worrisome situation, ask yourself whether it will really matter five years, five months or even five days from now.
- If you’re living in a modern, developed country with abundant food, clean water and shelter, you’ve already won the lottery in life.
“Those regular sort of problems that we encounter on a regular basis that interrupt our well-being”