“Happiness or wellbeing, is more strongly associated with the frequency and duration of people’s positive feelings, not with the intensity of those feelings” (Diener 2009).
As a result of our negativity bias (as outlined in last weeks blog), it might be easier for us to wallow in sadness, fear, anger or other negative emotions.
Negativity bias is the human tendency to notice and be more influenced by bad things and bad experiences, instead of neutral or positive experiences.
No matter who we are, our mental health and well being can be improved. It’s not as simple as thinking our mental health is good or bad. Mental health is not fixed or static; it can change depending on our circumstances.