Dr Rick Hanson, Neuroscientist ,Psychologist and best-seller author of Buddha Brain, coined the phrase, “the brain is like Velcro for negative experiences, but Teflon for positive ones”.
At the end of the day, what do you remember most – the person who cut in ahead of you in traffic, the sight of unwashed dishes left in the sink (again!), or do you recall the greenness of trees in the park or the smile of a friend who greeted you warmly?
Our brains have a ‘negativity bias’, Dr Hanson explains. It is an evolutionary safeguard – it kept us alert to spot all those sabre-toothed tigers out there! But, Hanson says, “You don’t have to accept this bias.
By tilting toward the good – “good” in the practical sense of that which brings more happiness to oneself and more helpfulness to others”, you can bring more balance into your life. You become more like Teflon – letting the small stuff flow over you and not getting caught up in their Velcro-like properties.
Dr Hanson has many practical suggestions as to how to counterbalance the negativity bias: practising Mindfulness happens to be one of them. By being aware at those ‘sticky’ moments of daily life of your thoughts and feelings and simply allowing them to be there without judgement gives them less sticking power.
This simple act brings greater balance and greater ease in your life right there and then. You can learn more about this and more at the public talk the Sanctuary is hosting with Dr Hanson in Dublin in June. Details below.
Dr Rick Hanson at a public talk on The Neuroscience of Lasting Happiness, learn how the brain can be rewired for greater well-being and peace of mind.
Where? Thursday 8th June, 2017, The Bar of Ireland, Distillery Building, 145 151 Church St D7.
When? 7.30 – 9.00pm
How much? €40
You can book online here or by telephoning reception in the Sanctuary on 01 670 5419.