We’re Back! Thanks Coach Dave for working overtime last week as we enjoyed a beautiful, awesome family vacation. Thanks everybody for supporting us and we encourage all of you to get out and relax.
Here is an interesting study (I’ve been hollering about this for years, mostly to deaf ears) that Facebook performed. The relevance is important as most everybody is on social media. We are a social species and as a whole do better with a positive social network. The reality is that most folks just follow the herd as good sheep do. And this is fine, until the herd takes a turn towards trouble. The unfortunate reality is that nearly everyone suffers the inability to filter good from bad. Especially when we are buried deep within the herd, protected by layers, so to speak. We take things at face value or don’t ponder what is really being said. And then, years later, we get slapped in the face.
“The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling.”
― Robert M. Pirsig
The bottom line is, you can control who and what you are exposed to. You can control your reactions to what you see and here. But it requires awareness. You need to be aware of your surroundings, aware of the contaminants around you and aware in the mirror.
In case you don’t want to read the linked PDF of the study, here’s the gist of it.
We show, via a massive (N = 689,003) experiment on Facebook,
that emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional
contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions
without their awareness. We provide experimental evidence
that emotional contagion occurs without direct interaction between
people (exposure to a friend expressing an emotion is
sufficient), and in the complete absence of nonverbal cues.”
Why are we choosing to burn energy on this here? This is massively important and has significant affect on everyone’s emotional state. We care about you guys. Our mission includes helping you improve your Life. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. It’s all related. You can’t just focus on one area and ignore the rest.
Yes, we understand the amazing virtues of social media. Staying “connected” to far away loved ones, finding long lost friends, and for business’, easy marketing. But please be aware of what you are tuning in to. If you are constantly blasted with updates on your mobile device about who, what and where. If you spend mindless hours viewing images that are randomly thrown at you. Maybe you should try to find your way to the edge of the herd. Peel back some layers, withdraw some from the virtual world and experience the real world a bit.
What say you?
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