Navigate Negativity — The Right Way

Learning to Navigate Negativity with Gina Johnson

Sometimes, it can feel like negativity is all around us. Politics, crime, life events that leave us reeling. It can be overwhelming.

But what if we could learn to navigate it? What if we could live a more positive life, no matter what is happening around us?

 Photo by Jenna Akers

Photo by Jenna Akers

On May 3rd, H2o Salon was proud to host an event that explored that exact topic—and with terrific results. Author and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Gina Johnson, came by for a book signing and author talk about her release, Let’s Make It A Habit: Train Your Brain to Navigate Negativity.

What a night! Gina began by telling guests a story of heartbreaking loss and rejection in her own life. Through perseverance, she overcame those obstacles to create a life she couldn’t have imagined only a few years before—and now she wants to do the same for others. She then explained in straightforward terms why our brains gravitate toward focusing on the negative in life, why that’s natural, and what we can do about it.

 Photo by Jenna Akers

Photo by Jenna Akers

Exploring everything from epigenetics to evolution, in easy to understand terms, Gina taught guests that ‘thinking positive’ not only isn’t enough, it isn’t effective in the long term. To change the way we think and feel, we must train ourselves in healthy mental habits, with the ultimate goal of seeing the negative with a healthier perspective and giving equal weight to the positive in our lives. When we do that, wonderful changes can follow!

 Photo by Gina Johnson, used with permission.

Photo by Gina Johnson, used with permission.

After the event, there was a time of lively discussion. Guests shared their own thoughts and experiences, including behaviors and tools they have employed to change their lives in more positive ways. The discussion ranged from practices such as sharing positive quotes or messages on social media, to practicing yoga and meditation, to finding sources for positive news, such as SunnySkyz and GoodNewsNetwork.

If you would like more information about how to live a positive life, visit Gina online at mygoodthingz.com. You can also find your copy of Let’s Make It A Habit: Train Your Brain to Navigate Negativity at H2o Salon or on Gina’s website at letsmakeitahabit.com.

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