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Negativity is, to some extent, a part of life. Thanks to stress and anxiety, we find ourselves worrying over the worst-case scenario regularly. However, negativity can come from different sources and impact our lives in various ways. Chronic illness, a negative home or work environment, and interpersonal relationships can lead to negative thinking. It's difficult to combat negativity, but adopting a positive outlook has immediate advantages and will benefit you and those around you.

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1. Defining a Negative Affect

Negativity is sometimes called "a negative affect" by clinicians and psychologists, who define it as a range of negative emotions that include anger, anxiety, sadness, fear, and irritability. Negativity and a negative affect are often referred to in conjunction with negativity bias, where negative emotions and experiences carry more weight and impact than positive ones.

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