The Science of Positivity
Stop negative thought patterns by changing your brain chemistry
Anyone can feel positive. Anyone can enjoy the happy brain chemicals that positivity unleashes.
That may seem foolish because the bad in the world is so obvious. Negativity may seem like an intelligent response to the world around you. But when you know how your brain creates that response, you have the power to create a new one.
We have inherited a brain that’s inclined to go negative. It’s not that we want to feel bad—on the contrary, our brain evolved to seek good feelings. We go negative because our brain expects negativity to feel good. This paradox makes sense when you know the operating system we’ve inherited from our animal ancestors. All mammals have the same brain chemicals controlled by the same basic brain structures. Your mammal brain rewards you with good feelings when you do things that promote your survival. But your brain defines survival in a quirky way. This is why we end up with patterns that feel bad in our quest to feel good.
You can transcend your natural mammalian negativity. You can train your brain to go positive. This book shows how to rewire yourself for positivity in six weeks, in just three minutes a day. Positivity does not mean ignoring the realities of life. It means adjusting for the brain’s natural tendency to ignore the positives of life. Whether you’re frustrated by your own negativity or the negativity of others, The Science of Positivity can help.
First, we’ll explore the negative and positive chemicals that control your brain. Then you’ll learn how to PARE negativity with Personal Agency and Realistic Expectations. You can build a positive thought habit that lets in all the good that your inner mammal overlooked.
You may find it hard to believe that there are good things you’ve missed. It’s easy to think your internal responses are caused by external facts because that is what the verbal part of your brain says. But your mammal brain doesn’t process language so your two brains are literally not on speaking terms. Your internal responses rest on neural pathways paved by your early neurochemical ups and downs. The electricity in your brain flows into those old pathways unless you carve new ones. This book shows you how to build new pathways and give your electricity a new place to flow!