Most of what we worry about never happens

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most of what we worry about never happens

Quote by Mark Twain: “Ive had a lot of worries in my life, most of w...”

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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living by Dale Carnegie

85 Percent of What We Worry About Never Happens

Goto Shopping Cart. Sign Up for email and receive exclusive offers, online discounts and info on our newest courses. Your information will never be shared or sold to a 3rd party. And this could be compared to our worries. And if all the things most people worry about were reduced to their true size, you could probably put them all into a drinking glass, too. With the passing of the years and the problems each of them yields, we learn that most of our worries are not really worth bothering ourselves about too much and that we can manage to solve the important ones.


And what does happen you will be able to handle better than expected. When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened. Winston Churchill. Worry is feeling uneasy or being overly concerned about a situation. Excessive worry puts your mind in overdrive and you constantly focus on what may happen.

Lo and behold, it turns out that 85 percent of what subjects worried about never happened , and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions. A worried mind means a chronically stressed brain, and chronic stress generates serious problems. If we could get a handle on the worry and stress that habitually, incessantly, and often unconsciously seizes hold of our mind, we would greatly increase the odds of living a longer , happier, healthier, and more successful life. In the last 15 years new research has identified the mindset or mental attitude that literally changes your brain to change your life. In addition, this shift in attitude stimulates the growth of new connections that expand high order brain function to enable you to reach even greater heights. The process of reprogramming your brain is called neuroplasticity.

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  1. Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: "My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened." This study looked into how many of our imagined calamities never materialize. But don't worry; new research has found that you can rewire your brain.

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