Rick Hanson, in his book Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, discusses the importance of our attention when it comes to our neuropathways. Whatever a person “rests their mind on” or pays attention to is creating and reinforcing neuropathways in their brain. If they focus on the problems in their life, how they aren’t measuring up, mistakes they’ve made, etc., they are reinforcing those neuropathways that lead to feelings of discontentment and unhappiness. This also means that if a person focuses their attention on the positive experiences in life, such as a positive interaction with someone or success on a project at work, they are building neuropathways that foster the more positive feelings.
Our brain’s ability to change, adapt, and grow throughout life is exciting news. It means that we have the power to change the way we think, feel, and walk in the world. In the next few blog posts, I will explore a bit more about ways that you can begin to create new neuropathways that lead to a happier life.
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