"Gratitude can have such a powerful impact on your life because it engages your brain in a virtuous cycle. Your brain only has so much power to focus its attention. It cannot easily focus on both positive and negative stimuli. It is like a small child: easily distracted. Oh your tummy hurts? Here’s a lollipop. So you lost your job? Isn’t it wonderful we’re having KFC for dinner? On top of that your brain loves to fall for the confirmation bias, that is it looks for things that prove what it already believes to be true. And the dopamine reinforces that as well. So once you start seeing things to be grateful for, your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for. That’s how the virtuous cycle gets created."
The Grateful Brain – Alex Korb takes a look at recent research exploring our neural reward circuits. Also see the hard-wired limits of the human brain and complement with some famous thoughts on gratitude.
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it is not a suggested solution.
It is not a rant about guns.
It is only prayer.
Pass it on: today is a day to pray for the families and communities in CT, for our country, for our world.
It is time to give it over to bigger powers than we are.
And then add our small attempts at repair in the days to come.