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Friday Writing Prompt - Holding the Positive

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This week I’ve been thinking about how we tend to dismiss the positive and hold the negative. It’s called a negative bias. We remember criticism more than praise. We even notice strong emotions when they arise but not when they abate.

In the current state of the world, but also generally, it’s essential to take time to hold the positive. To permit ourselves to be happy, joyful, delighted, grateful. It’s crucial for creativity—it’s more challenging to be creative when we’re stressed.

So, today, I invite you to write about a positive moment. It doesn’t have to be a moment of total bliss. In fact, the more mundane, the better. That time when someone held the door for you. That time when a friend hugged you just when you needed it. The moment of quiet you’ve been longing for at the end of the day.

Let’s hold this moment. Do you remember how it felt? Try to re-live the moment: what can you hear? What can you smell? Where is that good feeling located physically? What colour does it have?

Give yourself permission to hold this moment. Take time with it. Enjoy it.


Hey there! I would love to hear whatever you're willing to share that came from the prompt. Please comment below or click on the chat window, even if it's only to tell me that you've found this prompt useful.

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Shazz JE
Shazz JE
Mar 22, 2022

You pose a very interesting question. I was always taught that I was incapable of learning languages. I grew up chucked out into the school corridor more than I was included in the lessons. At 15, I admitted defeat & dropped French. However, this has never stopped me being facinated by languages. One of my favourite books being the dictionary of languages by Andrew Dalby.

The only gender reference to an object I can think of in the English language are boats and ships which are feminine. I'm sure there might be one or anomalies, but yes it's very interesting how other languages have a gender reference for objects, but not English. Interesting as English is a conglomeration of different…


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