Our brains are very good at learning from the negative—that’s what helped our distant ancestors survive. Rick Hanson calls this the brain’s “negativity bias.”
While this bias helped our distant ancestors learn what to avoid of they wanted to stay alive, it interferes with our lives today where we react to stressful situations as if they were life and death. They’re usually not.
In this brief clip, Rick walks us through surprisingly simple steps that can shift our memory systems to internalize positive experiences and states with equal efficiency. And this will help our brains evolve and make use happier. Rick’s 5 steps are powerful and easy to use:
Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist noted for his explorations of the intersection of psychology, neurology, and Buddhism. He’s the author of Buddha’s Brain and Hardwiring Happiness. This clip is taken from his session in our brain science video course:
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