Training Your Mind Effectively
The human brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we hope it was so. Training your mind to be more positive is a challenge. According to Loretta Breuning in her Forbes article, our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals (dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly metabolized. This motivates us to keep taking steps that stimulate our happy chemicals.
How negative thoughts and talk affect us day to day.
You can end up with a lot of unhappy chemicals in your quest to stimulate the happy ones, especially near the end of a stressful workday. There are several reasons why your brain goes negative. The bad feeling of cortisol has its own survival purpose.
It warns you to an obstacle on the path to meeting your needs so you can navigate your way to good feelings. If you do that, your brain finds the next obstacle. You will feel bad a lot if you follow your survival brain wherever it leads. Luckily, there’s a simple way to rewire this natural negativity.
How Our Brain Works
Our brain evolved to scan for problems and it is skilled at finding problems when it looks. For example, reporters predicted the downfall of civilized society when the bicycle was invented. They warned that people would flit from here to there instead of having long conversations and that we’d retire early from exhaustion instead of conversing in the evening.
Humans have inherited the brain that helped our ancestors notice threats in time to act. We are skilled at finding threats, even as we seek rewards.
Establish A Positivity Circuit For Yourself
Negativity will engulf you unless you build yourself a positivity circuit. To do that, spend one minute looking for positives, three times a day forty-fivefive days. This trains your brain to look for positives the way it is already trained to look for negatives.