The Mystic's Almanac - Glass Half Empty
Are we hard-wired to see the glass half empty?
by Dr. Judith Boice
Aired Sunday 10/14/12
Recent research suggests we need nine positive statements to counterbalance a single criticism. I seem to be hard-wired to focus on my shortcomings. Perhaps this is an evolutionary mechanism, designed to ensure I learn from, and do not repeat, mistakes. Could I learn to see the glass differently, to notice presence rather than absence? Every night as I fall asleep I give thanks for seven things in my life. In the morning I wake, rouse the boys, and sit with my mug of hot water, practicing gratitude for its nourishing presence.