Being More Positive

The brain reacts more from negative thoughts than positive.

We learn faster from pain than pleasure.

When burned, we back off and avoid.

Painful experiences are more memorable than pleasurable ones.

We work harder at trying not to lose something than to gain the same things.

These are observations from Rick Hanson’s book Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time.

The message is we must work harder to enjoy the benefits of being positive but most often spend too much time reacting to the anxiety caused by negative thoughts and actions.

Retrain your brain to hear you say the positive things that happen to you.

You may have to think hard because we tend to easily remember what’s wrong and have a more difficult time recalling what is right.

Take these positive thoughts and dwell on them for just a few minutes – or many times during a day.

There is clinical evidence that we can reprogram how we think by actively recalling the positives in life and not just feeling overwhelmed by the negative.

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