06th Jan, 2022
A new study suggests that we recall bad memories more easily and in greater detail than good ones for perhaps evolutionary reasons.
Researchers say negative emotions like fear and sadness trigger increased activity in a part of the brain linked to memories. Negative Events are Remembered with More Accurate Detail than Positive Events.
After reading this, I looked for ways to overcome the negative emotions and suddenly remembered an interesting word, my friend introduced me to, some days ago – ‘Agathism’ from the Greek ἀγαθός agathos (good.
Agathism is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “The doctrine that all things tend towards ultimate good, as distinguished from optimism, which holds that all things are now for the best”.
An agathist accepts that evil and misfortune will happen, but that the eventual outcome leads towards the good.
In other words, an agathist may see the world as essentially good but a place in which bad things can and do happen to good people.
This year, despite the looming threat of Omicron and third wave and the disruption they are likely to cause, Iam sure there will also be a lot of good things which we all will experience.
Let’s follow the doctrine of ‘Agathism’ and start with an empty jar, and add a note on all the good things that happen each week and at the end of the year, recollect the amazing year we had & stay blessed forever.