Learn to anticipate good things for the future.

Learn to anticipate good things for the future.


Imagining Positive Conversations Can Improve Cooperation

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When individuals imagine positive conversations and positive outcomes in their relationships, they are more likely to believe in their plausibility, which prepares them to actually be more positive and cooperative in their real world relationships.

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How to Make Mental Notes That Stick

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Try out these powerful tips to help you create mental notes that actually stick in your mind.

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How to Improve Any Personality Trait

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Everyone’s personality is a mixture between nature and nurture. While many of our personality tendencies may be determined by our genes, our personality is also very flexible depending on our learning and experiences.

We can improve certain aspects of our personality by learning more about the underlying thoughts and behaviors that reflect that personality, and how we can practice them in our own lives.

Our personalities change slowly over time – this article just teaches you how to have more influence over that natural process. It’s not telling you to be someone you’re not, only how to improve who you already are.

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Negative Visualization: 3 Meditations on Suffering and Tragedy

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Trying to only think positively can give you a distorted and unhealthy view of reality. It doesn’t prepare you for the hardships and tragedy that many of us will often face throughout the course of our lives.

There’s a tool called negative visualization that can help you build a more grounded and realistic view of reality. The basic idea is to imagine the different ways your life could be much worse than how it really is.

This teaches you to accept the pain, negativity, and suffering that exists in the world. And by doing this, you learn to better prepare yourself for the ups and downs in your own life.

Negative visualization also teaches you to see the “bigger picture” of your life and how grateful you should be because of the many ways your life could be much worse.

This article covers 3 different types of meditations on suffering and tragedy that you can use as part of your own negative visualization exercise: sickness, death, and poverty.

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Hypnosis Exercise to Release Stress, Anxiety, and Pain

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Hypnosis is the power of suggestion. It’s our ability to change our mental state through the use of language, symbolism, and imagination.

In this article, I share a hypnosis exercise that I created a few years ago to help me release stress, anxiety, and pain. It’s simple and easy to follow, but it can be very effective.

This is also a perfect exercise for beginners who may have never tried hypnosis or visualization before.

Start by reading the instructions below, then once you understand all the steps try practicing it on your own. Please remember to have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously.

If you are too critical of yourself during hypnosis, it’s going to weaken the effects. A big part of it is letting your imagination go – think of it as “playing pretend” inside your head.

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How to Create More Psychological Distance Between You and Your Past

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Many people have a hard time letting go of the past. They carry it around with them, ruminate about it constantly, and let it have a big impact on how they live their lives in the present moment.

Of course the past will always be something that influences you to some degree. A lot of who you are and what you’ve learned is the culmination of experiences from your personal history.

However, while the past may influence your future, it doesn’t have to dictate it. And it doesn’t have to be something that always looms over your shoulder wherever you go.

Instead, we can create a space between ourselves and the past that allows us to grow in new ways. We can do this by creating a type of psychological distance, which is the subjective perception of how far away something is from your current reality.

This article covers key guidelines and tools you can use to create more psychological distance between you and your past.

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Imagining Positive Conversations Can Improve Cooperation


A positive conversation is any verbal interaction where individuals are considering each others’ perspective, values, and interests. These types of interactions are key toward building healthy relationships and resolving social conflicts.

There is a robust finding that conversation is one of the biggest factors in improving cooperation, our ability to solve social problems in a way that benefits everyone involved and doesn’t just serve the interests of one person or group.

A meta-analysis reviewing 35 years of research on social conflict found that communication was the strongest and most reliable predictor of cooperative behavior, increasing the proportion of cooperation by 40% on average.

Now research shows that we can create a similar effect simply by imagining positive conversations with others, without even having any direct communication.

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