How many times have you complained or moaned about something over the last week?
Work, traffic, colleagues, how you look, how others act and behave, the cat – the list could go on and on.
In reality we have zero reasons to complain about our life.
Now is the best time to be alive, ever.
I sense skepticism as you read this introduction.
Let’s take a look at some of biggest issue of the last 500 years or so.
Below outlines significant world events and serious disease pandemics the associated number of deaths for each are in brackets.
Whether you are familiar with your history or not, the figures are staggering.
- The Atlantic Slave Trade – 17th Century (estimated deaths 15 million)
- Transition to the Ming Dynasty – 13th Century (30 million)
- Great Chinese Famine – 20th Century (43 million)
- Soviet Crimes – 20th Century (49 million)
- World War 1 – 20th Century (65 million)
- World War 2 – 20th Century (72 million)
- Great Plague of London – 14th Century (25 million)
- Smallpox – 1519 – 1633 (28 million)
- The great flu pandemic – 1918 (50 million)
- AIDS – 1984 to present day (25 million)
- Negativity Economy
Imagine living at a time where war, flu or other disease was likely to result in either your death or that of someone close to you.
Still don’t believe me that now is the best time to be alive?
Ask someone in their 90’s what life was like as a child and into their early adulthood.
Ask them to describe their daily routine and how they lived their life. It is incomparable to how we live our life today.
We have so much to be thankful for but we often don’t see our world in this way.
We trade negativity on a daily basis – even if we don’t intend to be a creator of such negativity.
Don’t believe me?
Look at any social media platform.
The trolls are ready to snipe, agitate and gain whatever reaction they can.
Our social and regular media and the conversations we have with each other focus on the negative.
Our brains are hardwired that way.
24hr TV news channels and online means we feed our brains with as much negativity as we
Many years ago we knew a lot less about world issues. We may have seen a headline or report but it would not have consumed us. We would not be able to access videos of the disaster as
we do now. We would not be able to constantly refresh our news feed and look on with curiosity and horror at what was taking place.
When we experience it in real time we don’t know how it will play out. We become anxious and fearful – our fight or flight reflex kicks in.
As a result we feed from this negativity and it influences how we think and the conversations
we have day to day.
Don’t believe me?
Tune into the conversations around you – don’t just listen to the background chatter, really listen. You might hear conversations about work, it might be about a relationship – I guarantee most of what you hear will have a negative slant.
Our negativity economy is booming and unlike a typical five year market cycle, there is no sign it will crash. If we continue to fuel the fire, it will continue to rage.
Only 4% of the UK and 6% of Americans believe the world is improving.
I get why people believe this.
Syria, Ukraine, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, natural disasters and many other issues have left people feeling fear.
We see, hear and feel examples of negativity and the horror people experience each day.
How do we balance a negative economy?
Let’s start with you.
Did you know the odds of you being born were 4,000,000,000,000 to one (4 trillion).
Just consider how amazing that is – 4 trillion.
Not only were you a 4 trillion to one shot, you are living in the best era, in the history of the
We are the healthiest and wealthiest we have ever been.
The majority of us has a roof over our head, eat well and financially are comfortable.
We have seen more technological advances in the last 150 years than we have seen since
time began. Our ability to learn, to connect and to lead meaningful lives is stronger than it has
My friends will sometimes tease me about the subjects I write about. ‘It’s just all common sense, right?’
But here’s the thing. Whilst it might be common sense, it is not always common practice.
If just one person takes something away from what I write and changes their life for the better, then it is all worthwhile.
This positivity can make the difference.
They feel more equipped to tackle the negative economy and not get sucked into the spiral.
If we all make a conscious effort to influence each other more positively, the impact will be
You are busy, I get it. You are busy living your life and you have convinced yourself you don’t have time for all this fluffy stuff. How can you possibly impact someone else positively when you just have to get stuff done.
Start by doing one thing differently.
Are you a zombie in the morning?
I have to work really hard on my morning routine (sorry to all those when I’m grouchy!).
I get better as the day goes on and in the morning I love nothing more to be with my own
thoughts and be task orientated. Yet, I have a team that depend on me and look to me for
I got into work this morning, unusually early for me. Others were in the office and before the
day had technically started I helped three people with problems they were working on. I felt
good about being able to support my team and I actually felt more alert and ready for the ‘next
thing’ as a result.
You won’t always start the day like this but you can tweak the morning routine and start the day well.
Make the effort to shake off the morning fog and engage with people.
If you chain yourself to your desk and are task focused, get up and walk the floor.
Ask someone how you can help or support them with whatever they are working on.
Do something completely random and kind for someone else – with zero payback for you.
The point is you are living in the best time of the history of the world.
Make It Better
The miracle is making a choice to swim against the tide, to refuse a negativity economy.
You can make the difference and you can influence others by your actions.
A small gesture, an act of kindness, a moment from your day could mean so much to the person in front of you.
If you are stuck on what you could do then check out something I wrote last year.
We live in the best time ever.
You have an opportunity, on a daily basis, to make it even better.
Believe and take action