Don’t Believe Everything You Think AND Don’t Believe Everything Your Experts Tell You

Do you believe . . .

some people are just born happy?

Yes, it is true.  Around 2 or 3 percent of people are hyperthymic or happy all the time.

the death of a parent or divorce during childhood leaves permanent emotional scars?

False.  Recent studies report that childhood trauma only adversely affects people who believe that it does.

keeping a journal of negative emotional experiences helps let go of them?

False.  Thinking negative thoughts, writing about negative experiences, and repeatedly

telling others of negative experiences creates more negative feelings.

shaving makes hair grow back faster, darker, and coarser?

False.

reading in dim light damages vision?

False.

wearing your hat will prevent you from catching a cold?

Viruses and bacteria don’t care if you are cold.  If anything, they prefer warmth.

you shouldn’t go swimming after eating?

False.  There is no time delay required for swimming.

thinking positive thoughts averts depression?

False.  Clinical depression involves complex chemical interactions and usually precludes believing positive thoughts.

if you visualize yourself with the symbols of success, you will be successful?

False.  Imagining yourself with money, jewelry, accolades or other symbols of success is unrelated to real-life success, although visualizing the steps you could take toward success is useful.

when you are feeling bad, you should think about how fortunate you are compared to others?

False.  Thinking of the suffering of others does not make anyone feel better.  When you are already feeling bad, you just feel guilty, believing you have little cause for your feelings considering how fortunate you are.  Doing a good deed for others does help.