Sometimes when we’re in a job we hate, a relationship that’s going south, or simply unhappy with one aspect of life, it taints our perspective on the entirety of our lives. Life in general seems less than stellar because we are so focused on the one bad thing. Pretty soon, other parts of our lives do start to tank because our foul mood and general unhappiness impact our work, relationships, and motivation to enjoy anything. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy of sorts. Life feels bad, life becomes bad. Unfortunately, we are predisposed at birth to view things through our “life sucks” glasses because of something called the “negativity bias.” The negativity bias, as defined by Wikipedia, “refers to the notion that, even when of equal intensity, things of a more negative nature (e.g. unpleasant thoughts, emotions, or social interactions; harmful/traumatic events) have a greater effect on one’s psychological state and processes than do neutral or positive things.” Lovely. Even when we want to be happy, our brains are wired to see the glass half empty. It’s an evolutionary thing that allowed us to stay alert to potential dangers back in the day when danger wore a fur coat and had sharp, pointy fangs. Modern day triggers for the negativity