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Want To Be Happier? How to Take Charge of Your Thoughts

Marta Brzosko
Dec 12, 2017 · 13 min read
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“We do not know what a thought is, yet we’re thinking them all the time.” — Ani Tenzin Palmo

“Neuroplasticity refers to the malleable nature of the brain, and its constant, ongoing. Self-directed neuroplasticity means doing it with clarity and skillfulness and intention.” — Rick Hanson

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Negative cognitive bias

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“Our capacity to weigh negative input so heavily most likely evolved for a good reason — to keep us out of harm’s way. From the dawn of human history, our very survival depended on our skill at dodging danger. The brain developed systems that would make it unavoidable for us not to notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it.” — Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today

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“[…] if you regularly rest your mind upon worries, self criticism, and anger, then your brain will gradually take that shape — will develop neural structures and dynamics of anxiety, low sense of worth, and prickly reactivity to others. On the other hand, if you regularly rest your mind upon, for example noticing you’re all right right now, seeing the good in yourself and letting go…then your brain will gradually take the shape of calm strength, self confidence, and inner peace.” — Rick Hanson

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Your Happiness Tools: Consciousness and Attention

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3 steps for taking charge of your mental habits

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Step 1: Become aware

“Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us.” — Mindful.org

Step 2: Establish a healthy relationship with your thoughts

Step 3: Accept and make a choice

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Habit: Living in the past or future instead the present

Habit: Judgment instead of kindness

Habit: Hurrying vs. patience

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Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most…

Marta Brzosko

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Sick and tired of self-improvement. Advocating for self-awareness instead. https://selfawareness.blog/

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Marta Brzosko

Written by

Sick and tired of self-improvement. Advocating for self-awareness instead. https://selfawareness.blog/

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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