A week or two back I wrote a blog post explaining why it is we often feel unhappy, or at least have that vague sense of feeling uneasy and not quite right a lot of the time. And I did it through hard, fact-backed science (and pretty pictures).
To sum it up in one sentence: neuroscientific evidence proves our brains are hard-wired to make us feel mentally crappy a lot of the time.
If you haven’t read it yet, go do that now. You’ll need ten minutes and a cuppa but it’s worth it.
To finish with, despite painting a fairly bleak picture that makes it seem like we’re all doomed to lives of constant dissatisfaction and despondency, I gave you some good news.
It is this: even though we’re more likely to feel unhappy than happy, our brains are amazingly, structurally malleable. The same neurochemical systems that makes us feel blue have the potential to be harnessed by our concious minds through deliberate choice to make us feel much, much happier. Not all of the time, but some of it. And that would be pretty good, right?
I also promised to tell you how. And in this part 2, I will start to do just that.
That’s the good news. The thing is, there’s some more bad news to go with it. The BAD news is that those deliberate choices? Those things we need to do to feel happier?
You might not like them.
My alternative title for this post is: ‘God DAMMIT, the bloody hippies were right all along’.
As a big hippy myself, I’m feeling pretty good about this, I can tell you.
Let me tell you why we’re right. Again, it’s a fairly long read, but that’s just another good excuse to go and stick the kettle on again. Go on. We’re too focused on the quick fix. This is going to help you.