Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Focusing on the positve

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.     Philippians 4:8-9.
      This is one of my favorite passages from the Bible.  An article "Stress for Success: Cultivate positive experiences to rewire the bad ones", reinforces this admonition.  A few steps are recommended in order for us to retain positive experiences, that provide something of a stronghold against the inevitable pain that we encounter.
  1. Keep an eye out for good news, even small things can help to bring us a lift.
  2. Focus for five to 20 seconds on positive experiences.  Take time to soak in those inspiring moments. This releases dopamine in the brain, and helps us to retain those good memories.
  3. Relax and absorb the experience... savor the feeling.  
We seem to be biologically wired to pay more attention to negative things, as is evidenced in the nightly news.  However we also have the capacity to refocus on those positive things which might better contribute to our mental and physical well being.

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