Sometimes balancing happiness, fulfillment, and contentment with the realities of the world around us and the enemy that is right inside our own heads feels like juggling. And I cannot juggle. This is a problem.
Being happy is hard work. Not only does it sometimes seem that the world is against you in your quest for happiness, apparently so is our own brain. Check out this short article about happiness and brain chemistry by Loretta Breuning, PhD. Thank you to Ben Braymer for sharing this thought-provoking article this week.
Dr. Breuning shares that brains are not wired to create happiness. Our brains are designed to spot danger to help us survive. That means we have to work to make happiness, fulfillment, and contentment. Check out the strategy she suggests–it makes so much sense and is so doable. She recommends spending one minute just three times a day for forty-five days deliberately looking for things to be happy to help us retrain our brain to be on the lookout for happy things rather than dangerous things.
Pardon me while I look through my happiness lens for my first happiness-seeking minute of the day. Who’s with me?
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” -Helen Keller
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