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Pause, reflect and what next

Feel free to either listen to me in the podcast, read the blog post below or do both!

Since my last post in January 2020 the world has changed beyond all recognition.

Unless you’ve been in a coma or living in the wilderness for much of this year, 2020 – aside from stating the tragic, terrifying and deadly obvious facts – has become the year where the world stayed at home to fight COVID-19.

It also became the year to pause and reflect. The same could be said for this blog. Posting regular and good content with value is not an easy thing to do. Especially if you are juggling a full-time day job and other plates in the complex plate spinning act called life.

“Ok quit the silly metaphors and get to the point.” I can hear you say. Ok ok, I was trying to be creative but I get the picture.

This blog will stay the same in some respects and not in others.

The overall focus of the blog will focus around my projects as well as the realm of podcasting, radio and other media realms that take my interest.

Hopefully along the way I will also provide content that will at least be of some value to you. Not to mention I want this to be a blog where anyone – who is interested in media or even in someone’s journey to pursuing his passion – can find this accessible, informative and possibly entertaining.

The musings posts will continue once a week – for now – and, as I mentioned before, it will become more focused towards my projects and work. I hope to write about other subjects that pick my interest from time to time.

Podcast picks will continue every first Thursday each month too. Since having returned nearly halfway through July, the July podcast picks will appear on Saturday 11/07/2020 instead.

Basically, it’ll contribute to my portfolio and I hope you’ll get something out of all of this content too.

For now:

1) Subscribe to the podcast
2) Save hansenscorner.com/blog into your bookmarks
3) Like me on Facebook, follow me on Instagram and Twitter
4) Listen to my hospital radio show – The Feelgood Lounge – on southernsound.org.uk from 2000 UK time on Thursday evenings.

Speak to you later!

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Life Musings

Optimism and outlook on life

They say there’s two outlooks on life.

Glass half-full and glass half-empty. Simplistic? Yes, but who hasn’t tried to simplify nuanced ideas?

Common logic says being a glass half-full person is good, right? Not just logic, research too.

Many studies including one by Carnegie Mellon University gave 193 healthy volunteers (between 18 and 55 years old) a dose of the cold/flu. Not surprisingly, the optimists braved it better than the pessimists.

Over a 30 year period the Mayo Clinic also discovered optimists had their risk of premature death slashed by half.

While Yale University found optimists were likely to live on average 7.5 years longer than their pessimist peers.

For someone interested in improving his own wellbeing and positive thinking this is unsurprising but fascinating.

My outlook on life has improved dramatically over the years. From being a somewhat cynical but not completely pessimistic teenager to believing there are reasons to be cheerful.

It seems these studies would make pessimists even more… well, pessimistic. For us positive thinkers, this is surely a moment to start cartwheeling with delight.

Don’t cartwheel just yet and be careful. Too much positivity can be equally troubling.

“Huh?”

While positivity is good for your health and sanity too much positivity can actually stop you from developing resilience. We all suffer emotional pain at some stage in our lives, unfortunately going through it can actually allow us to grow and develop a thicker skin.

A bit like catching a bad flu except you’re not cough and spluttering with a runny nose when your long-time lover calls time on the relationship.

Bad experience and failure can be great teachers.

Not to mention being overly positive can shield you from unpleasant emotions you need to learn to cope with.

Unrealistic expectations which will eventually lead to greater sadness, bitterness and disappointment.

Plus, among your friends you could become – by accident – a patronising, deluded pain in the a***.

Sometimes I see life as a tightrope – the good times on the other side, failure and disappointment at the bottom. If positive thinking was only required then tightrope walking would be the easiest thing to do.

Only with life’s tightrope, you’re tied to a bungee cord to bounce you back up once you’ve overcome that failure or disappointment.

Like drinking in moderation, keep positivity and pessimism as closely balanced as possible, that’ll help you cope with the world around us.

Ok, you can now start cartwheeling.