Why does the mind so easily attach itself to the negative, fearful, or hateful? Why is it so much more difficult to cling to the positive, joyful, or euphoric?

According to research by Dr. Rick Hansen and his team, the amygdala uses about two-thirds of its neurons to look for bad news. Once it sounds the alarm, negative events and experiences get quickly stored in memory (within mere seconds). In contrast, positive events and experiences usually need to be held in “awareness” for a dozen to fifteen seconds to transfer from short-term memory buffers to long-term storage (Source).

To remember the negative, no effort is required. But we need to completely reprogram our brains and the way we savor moments to remember the positive. This takes at least twelve seconds of us intentionally contemplating the good stuff. Use this to ensure your Christmas celebration is focused on the many blessings around you.

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, meditate on these things.” – Paul of Tarsus (written thousands of years ago)

Inspiration: Your future self is watching you right now through your memories – so make sure the future you looks back fondly at today’s you.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. We are grateful for you!

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