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Hardwiring Happiness

Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Learn to counterbalance your brain's inherent negativity bias and rewire it to happiness with only a few minutes a day.



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The Bottom Line

We are predisposed to hang onto bad news, but bringing good things into our brain is the key to psychological well-being, creativity and contentment.

I. Introduction

Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson is convinced that how you process events inside your brain has just as much impact on your happiness as the events themselves. Unfortunately, the human brain has evolved to harbor a negativity bias, clinging to bad experiences while forgetting about or failing to fully appreciate good ones.

This tendency to focus on the negative might seem impossible to overcome, but understanding how the brain works and why can help you counteract this bias. Happiness, therefore, is as much a science as an art. With a commitment of only a few minutes a day, you can “change your brain for the better,” Hanson writes, and take charge of your own happiness.

II. We’ve Been Drawn to Negative Information Since the Dawn of Time

III. Stay in the Brain’s Green Zone

IV. Be on the Lookout for the Positive All Around You

V. Create Positive Experiences to Rewire Your Brain for Happiness

VI. Positivity Can “HEAL” You

VII. “21 Jewels” to Fortify Your Brain

The Takeaway

COMPLETE INSIGHT

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