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*Counterfactual Thinking*


Have you noticed that at the end of a contest a bronze medalist is generally more happy than a silver medalist ?


Its not an incidental finding but a proven fact via many research studies on “Reactions of Silver Medalists v/s Bronze Medalists” ! 


One would’ve thought that a silver medalist should be more happy than the bronze medalist. But human mind doesn't work like that. 


What transpires is a phenomenon called *Counterfactual Thinking.*


It’s a concept in psychology wherein there is this human tendency to *create possible alternatives* to life events that have already happened.


The Sliver medalist thinks, "Oh, I couldn't win the Gold medal”, whereas the Bronze medalist thinks, "At least I got a medal."


*Silver Medal is won after Losing but Bronze Medal is won after Winning.*


This happens in our life also. We don't appreciate what we have but feel sad about what we don't have. 


Let's be grateful for our blessings, they far outweigh our problems, if we start counting. Life is after all full of 'if' choices.


*Always count your blessings to stay positive & motivated...*

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