Happiness Principles To Live By – 3 of 7

Just coming out of a full week of workshop, to publish a short post on brain training… The third principle. Not sure my brain training has been anything alike what’s described in this principle and exercise – but I have found many positives and will pick up on those!


Training Your Brain to Capitalize on Possibility

Try this little experiment. Close your eyes and think of the color red. Really picture it in your mind’s eye. Now open your eyes and look around your room. Is red popping out at you everywhere? Assuming elves didn’t repaint your furniture while your eyes were closed, your heightened perception is due only to your change in focus.

Imagine a way of seeing that constantly picked up on the positives in every situation. That’s the goal of a (Positive) Tetris Effect: Instead of creating a cognitive pattern that looks for negatives and blocks success, it trains our brains to scan the world for the opportunities and ideas that allow our success rate to grow. When our brains constantly scan for and focus on the positive, we profit from three of the most important tools available to us: happiness, gratitude, and optimism. The more you pick up on the positive around you, the better you’ll feel.

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