Monday 13 February 2017

Hardwiring Happiness

Hardwiring Happiness
The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
Author: Rick Hanson

Hi Everyone,

I thought it was about time I read another book about the brain.  Anyone who has followed my for a while will know that I find the mind and brain an amazing part of our being.  This book inspired me more.

I have studied education over the last few years and if there is anything you learn through doing this it is the brain is wired by making the same connection over and over until it is strongly connected.  Why then do we connect negative thoughts and experiences over and over rather than our positive ones?  This book address this.  After reading Hardwiring Happiness you will think about what you are dwelling on.   We learn from our very first breath that crying will get us attention.  Then as we grow just a little we find that whineing will get us attention.  Crying and whineing... probably the first two actions we learn get us attention and love.  After many years of this we have learnt more than we realise and take it into adulthood where it no-long bring us a cuddle, food or the attention we want.  Rather, it brings us anxiety and depression and many other things which may not be necessary if we can rewire our thinking. (Please note: I know full well that anxiety and depression is also a medical condition and this book does not undermine the fact either). 

Such rewiring doesn't happen over night, just as our brains have taken many years to think the way they do now.  But maybe it is possible, just maybe.  Maybe it is worth looking more into.  If I can still study a subject and gain new qualifications; learn to cook a different meal; discover something new on the Internet and give it a go, then why cant I give some of the concepts in this book a go!  I'm up to putting his theory to the test.  Read it yourself and see if your intrigued with the information presented within it's pages.


Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated?

Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences but slowly from the good ones.

You can change this.

Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain ‒ balancing its ancient negativity bias ‒ making contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In mere minutes each day, we can transform our brains into refuges and power centers of calm and happiness.

Happy reading

This was available from: Book depository, Amazon, and Fishpond

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