Tilt Toward the Positive

Most of the time our attention is lost in thought. So today, with the freezing rain, thunder and lightening, and high winds -- my mind whispers "climate change"! I can hardly blame my brain which has evolved to survive and is constantly scanning the environment for threats. This is how our ancestors survived . So our brains are "Velcro for negative experiences and Teflon for the positive ones". As a result, our "tilt" towards this negativity bias makes us stressed out, unhappy and can adversely impact our health. But there is a way to build a more resilient outlook in the face of life's challenges. Yes, Polyanna, focus on the positive. In fact, the simple practice of placing attention on the good things that happen throughout throughout the day and staying with those positive experiences for at least 30 seconds each time will change your brain to see things more positively. Literally. As Thich Nhat Hanh says “What is most important is not to allow your anxiety about what happens in the world fill your heart. If your heart is filled with anxiety, you will get sick, and you will not be able to help.” So, I'm going to stop writing now and sit down and enjoy a warm cup of tea on this grey, wintery day -- and feel good about it. Ready to deal with whatever is ahead with clarity and an open heart. I got this. So do you.