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Sometimes it doesn’t feel like your brain wants you to be happy. Why? And you worry a lot too. Why? In the short term, worrying makes your brain feel a little better — at least you’re doing something about your problems.
But guilt, shame and worry are horrible long-term solutions. So what do neuroscientists say you should do? Ask yourself this question:
What am I grateful for?
Yeah, gratitude is awesome… but does it really affect your brain at the biological level? Yup.
Do you know what the antidepressant Wellbutrin does? Boosts the neurotransmitter dopamine. So does gratitude.
You feel awful. Okay, give that awfulness a name. Sad? Anxious? Angry?
Boom. It’s that simple. Sound stupid? Your noggin disagrees. Suppressing emotions doesn’t work and can backfire on you. But labelling, on the other hand, makes a big difference. Ancient methods were way ahead of us on this one. Meditation has employed this for centuries. Labelling is a fundamental tool of mindfulness.
Labelling affects the brain so powerfully it works with other people too. Labelling emotions is one of the primary tools used by FBI hostage negotiators.
Ever make a decision and then your brain finally feels at rest? That’s no random occurrence.
Brain science shows that making decisions reduces worry and anxiety — as well as helps you solve problems. But deciding can be hard. I agree. So what kind of decisions should you make? Neuroscience has an answer…
Make a “good enough” decision. Don’t sweat making the absolute 100% best decision. We all know being a perfectionist can be stressful. And brain studies back this up.
Trying to be perfect overwhelms your brain with emotions and makes you feel out of control.
No, not indiscriminately; that can get you in a lot of trouble.
But we need to feel love and acceptance from others. When we don’t it’s painful. And I don’t mean “awkward” or “disappointing.” I mean actually painful.
Relationships are very important to your brain’s feeling of happiness. Want to take that to the next level? Touch people.
Touching is incredibly powerful. We just don’t give it enough credit. It makes you more persuasive, increases team performance, and improves your flirting… heck, it even boosts math skills.
Touching someone you love actually reduces pain.
Here’s what brain research says will make you happy:
Ask “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
Label those negative emotions. Give it a name and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.
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