´ DIY to break Negativity -
February 2, 2015

When is the last time you have knitted socks, set up a website or produced a 5 min. video? In other words when is the last time you have created something instead of

consumed something that other people have created?

Creating things is associated with all kinds of positive effects: often you fall into flow, a way of experiencing the moment when you are fully focused on the task at hand and you are working on something, that is neither too hard nor too easy. You are completely absorbed and forget the world outside and even your smartphone.

You enjoy the progress, the journey of improving your skill and the results of your efforts (socks, the mastery of a piano piece or the fully functioning website).

However it has other, maybe less expected benefits as well: becoming a creator instead of a consumer makes you appreciate other people’s work much more, even if you don’t like it personally. You know how much effort goes into it. You have experienced first hand that even a 5 min. youTube video can take hours to create. You also know how fun it is to get reviews so you want to share the joy with others, who create something you enjoy. Instead of simplifying judgments (I love/hate this) you look at things with a more discerning eye: I appreciate how easy it is to read but I am not a fan of the photography.

In other words maybe you don’t have to fight the negativity in your head but just create something instead.

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