Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in ‘negativity bias.’
In other words, as we evolved over millions of years, dodging sticks and chasing carrots, it was a lot more important to notice, react to, and remember sticks than it was for carrots. That’s because – in the tough environments in which our ancestors lived – if they missed out on a carrot, they usually had a shot at another one later on. But if they failed to avoid a stick – a predator, a natural hazard, or aggression from others of their species – WHAM, no more chances to pass on their genes…
In effect, the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones…
But you don’t have to accept this bias!… Here’s how to take in the good – in three simple steps…”
I don’t know that these three steps are all that ‘simple,’ but they are certainly worth your while!
For more from this post by Rick Hansen go to: http://www.rickhanson.net/take-in-the-good/
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2018 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘BLESSING’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)