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Taking in the good

January 25, 2016

We know that our brains are programmed to detect negative experiences over positive experiences. However, we don't need to let this natural negativity bias shadow our happiness. There are simple and effective ways we can program our mind to notice more positive experiences and to let go of negativity.

 

We have small fleeting moments of "good" experiences throughout the day (e.g. listening to our children laugh, the sight of a beautiful flower, a hug from a loved one, a compliment etc). The amount of time we spend taking in these positive moments is usually very short lived. For these positive experiences to make an imprint in our brain, we need to hold this moment in our awareness for at least 10-20 seconds. The longer we hold the experience in our awareness, the larger the imprint it causes in our brain.

 

Imagine how different your life could be in 6 months time, if you consciously took in all of the small moments throughout the day and held these moments in your awareness. We may go from noticing 5 different "good" moments a day to noticing 20 or more ~ just by being more mindful. The experiences we have today largely influence the experiences we will have tomorrow. If we rest our mind on the positives, we will experience more positive moments. If we rest our mind of the negative, we fuel our negativity.

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