Thursday, 26 May 2016

How you can rewire your own brain to be happy - fave stuff on the web

Came across this -- adding it to my list of fave stuff on the web (link at bottom).

It ties in with hearing Tom Rath talk about "Eat Move Sleep" on this podcast here - all about how 'how you think' ripples out and has a bigger effect than you think.

But this - woah this - here's some Ctrl-C and V highlights:

The Science of Happiness: Why complaining is literally killing you.

"...rational reasons for optimism and for removing from my life the people who liked to complain:

1. “Synapses that fire together wire together.”
Every time this electrical charge is triggered, the synapses grow closer together in order to decrease the distance the electrical charge has to cross... The brain is rewiring its own circuitry, physically changing itself, to make it... more likely that the proper synapses will share the chemical link and thus spark together–in essence... easier for the thought to trigger. Therefore, your first mystical scientific evidence: your thoughts reshape your brain

2. Shortest Path Wins the Race.
...even more exciting is the fact that the synapses you’ve most strongly bonded together (by thinking about more frequently) come to represent your default personality...
Through repetition of thought, you’ve brought the pair of synapses that represent your proclivities closer and closer together, and when the moment arises for you to form a thought ( and thus throw our metaphorical ball of electric energy), the thought that wins is the one that has less distance to travel

3. Acceptance vs Regret, Drift vs Desire, Love Vs Fear.
(Your) two choices were simple, regardless of the flavor you put on them: Love or Fear; Acceptance or Regret; Drift or Desire; Optimism or Pessimism.

5. Stress will kill you.
...the thing about all this negativity, of regretting, of attachment to desires, of pointless complaining about impermanent things that will always continue to pass in an existence where time moves forward—the thing is: it all causes stress.

But regardless of what it brings your way, your choice is simple: Love or Fear."

And the full article here:

Saw the link after just seeing this by chance on youtube...

George Carlin on God, the planet, and "the freak show"

"I'm divorced from it now - George, you don't have an emotional stake in this, so just watch it, have fun... some of us get to sit there with notebooks"

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