-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
We all know the power of a good cleanse. It can bring our bodies back into balance and clear away toxins, inflammation and excess weight. It works the same way for our minds. A negativity cleanse helps bring our minds out of the haze and can even lift us out of chronic depression and anxiety. The goal of our negativity cleanse is not to force positivity and deny the reality of challenges we might be facing. Rather, we aim here to seed more positivity into our lives, leaning toward people and things that make us feel good and milking those positive moments we already experience.
Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, eminent research psychologist, found that there’s a tipping point of positivity to negativity. Below a certain ratio, people get pulled into a downward spiral fueled by negativity. They feel burdened—at times even lifeless. Yet above this same ratio, people seem to take off, drawn along an upward spiral energized by positivity. Their behavior becomes less predictable and more creative. They grow. They feel uplifted and alive.
The ratio of positivity to negativity is 3-to-1. So during this negativity cleanse, aim to override any negativity you might come across with 3 moments of heartfelt positivity.