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How To Be Less Emotional If Your Team Lost In World Cup

How To Be Less Emotional If Your Team Lost In World Cup

Your team just lost in World Cup.  You are devastated.  Now what?  Here is a list that will help you be less emotional after your team lost in World Cup.

1. Smile

This may sound ridiculous and you may wonder how is it even possible to smile after your team lost in World Cup, but just do it.  When you smile, endorphin’s are released, which are a natural pain reliever and known to reduce stress.  Even if you fake a smile, if the muscles in your face move like you are smiling, your brain will think you are smiling and release those endorphin’s.  You should give it a try.

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2. Take Deep Breathes Through Your Nose

Nitric oxide is a chemical found in the back of your nose used to open up blood vessels.  When these blood vessels open, your lungs get a surge of oxygen.  When your lungs get a surge of oxygen you instantly feel happier.  Does it get any easier than this?  Take very large deep breathes through your nose.  You will get that surge of oxygen and will instantly feel better.

3. Watch A Funny Movie

Think back to when you were watching a movie and could not stop laughing.  If your team lost in World Cup you need to change your emotions quickly, and you can do this by watching a funny movie.  For example if you like vintage movies try “Blazing Saddles” or “Airplane”.  If you are in the younger crowd try “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” or “Borat”.  If you do not have access to a movie, try searching YouTube for “funny fails” and watch some of these.  You will be laughing in no time.

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4. Take A Walk At The Park

If your team lost in World Cup, get out of your house and take a walk in the park.  Enjoy some peace and tranquility of nature.  If you want to take it to the next level, observe everything during your walk in detail by activating your five senses.  This will put you in the present, and your mind will be at ease without any thoughts of what happened in the past.

5. Work In Your Garden

Go outside and work in your garden.  Your body will reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol because gardening combines exercise, creativity,  and the serenity of working in nature.  Another added benefit of gardening is you get to work with your hands, and happiness is a side effect of working with your hands.  Reducing stress and adding happiness will ease any pain that reminds you that your team lost in World Cup.

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6. Read A Book

A good way to calm your mind is to read a book.  But only if you enjoy reading.  By reading you will be taking your mind away from the fact that your team lost in World Cup.  Make sure you read about subjects that are upbeat, positive, and maybe even funny.

7. Exercise

Most people will tell you if you are feeling emotional, or have any kind of stress, the best thing you can do is exercise.  It only takes five minutes to start feeling the benefits from exercising and you will feel great!  You don’t have to push yourself to the limit either because low to moderate exercise is best for reducing stress and raising your emotions.

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You were devastated that your team lost in World Cup.  If you follow these suggestions you will be less emotional and more happy.  It is amazing how quickly your emotions can change.  Even if you try two or three of these techniques, the changes will be very noticeable and you will feel great.  Remember these suggestions and use them anytime you need to add a little happiness to your life.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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