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How you can create a brighter future for yourself by looking back

By 12th December 2022Tips & tricks
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The vast majority of us humans are hard-wired to take notice of the difficult and challenging things that take place in our lives – and have been for millennia.

Accordingly, we look back at recent events and repeatedly tell ourselves that we’ve had a tough day, week, month or even year. Repeat that thought process often enough and you can really convince yourself your world is a bit rubbish.

However, as John Milton put it in Paradise Lost… ‘The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven.’ Life does indeed have its tough moments – but it is not exclusively tough, there are good moments too.

The trick is to recognise and celebrate those good moments… choose to take notice of those too. Set yourself a target, five good moments for every tough one. Your mood will soon lift, and you can create a brighter future for yourself, or at least a more balanced view.

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