The Best Way to Combat Your Brain’s Negative Bias
Blame it on our ancestors. In order to survive, they had to pay attention to dangers like hungry tigers and falling rocks--reacting to them quickly, remembering them, and becoming sensitive to them. Over time, our brains evolved to pay more attention to the negative. Neuropsychologist Rick Hanson likes to refer to the human brain as “Velcro for the bad, Teflon for the good.” Fortunately, researchers have found that when we practice paying attention to positive experiences, we can actually rewire our brains for happiness.