Abundance & Well-Being: happiness

In a good book the best is between the lines. –Swedish Proverb

Here’s what I’m currently reading—

Did you know our brains have a built-in negativity bias that makes us worried, irritated and stressed?

To help our ancestors survive, the brain evolved this negativity bias that makes it less adept at learning from positive experiences but efficient at learning from negative ones. In fact, author Rick Hanson says the brain is like Velcro for the bad but Teflon for the good.

Hardwiring happinessYikes.

I believe the cultivation of happiness is a worthy pursuit, and I don’t like the idea that my brain has an evolutionary bias for holding on to the negative.

Which leads me to Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence makes a big promise: You can rewire your brain for greater happiness, peace, and well-being.

Hardwiring happiness is about “experience-dependent neuroplasticity”, which simply means your brain is constantly changing its structure based on what you think and feel. When you take in the good and savor the positive, you actually impact this structure-building process going on in your brain.

That’s a very good thing because it means you can gradually change your brain from the inside out by forming new neural connections that enhance well-being. I’m all for taking charge of my brain! 

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