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By Eric Barker
March 13, 2015
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that carries over into your personal life.

Via One Day University Presents: Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness (Harvard’s Most Popular Course):

Why are lawyers 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression and more likely to end up divorced? They have trained their minds to seek out the bad in life because pessimists excel at law.

Is there a way to get your mind out of these negative loops? Yes.

You must train your brain to seek out the good things in life:

  • Retrospective judgment is a technique naturally happy people unknowingly use. It’s putting a positive spin on negative past events so you remember them as good. It’s very effective.

This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.

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