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The Neuroscience of Breaking Out of Negative Thinking (and How to Do It in Under 30 Seconds)

The Neuroscience of Breaking Out of Negative Thinking (and How to Do It in Under 30 Seconds)

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Notice-Shift-Rewire

By taking a moment each day to bring our attention to this practice, we build the habit of shifting out of negativity bias to more useful mind states: remembering our past wins, celebrating our strengths, and seeing life as a series of opportunities rather than a relentless slog through setbacks and heartbreak.

This simple strategy reminds us the brain isn't fixed. Its habits aren't like plaster. They're more like plastic, strong enough to resist the occasional push but pliable enough to change in response to repeated effort.

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  1. Notice your negativity bias. Catch yourself when you slip into self-doubt, rumination, anxiety, and fear. Notice when your mind starts spinning out worst-case scenarios.
  2. Shift to a moment of gratitude. Noticing opens the space for carving new neural pathways. Shifting allows you to flood this space with a more productive focus of attention. A few seconds of gratitude is the most efficient way to do this. 
  3. Rewire your brain. Here's where the real work of begins. This last step is where we transform our ordinary habit of overlooking the positive. 

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