Sometimes it's easiest to look for the worst in every situationour brains have evolved to scan for problems in order to help avoid them. But you can transcend this natural negativityif you know how.
The Science of Positivity teaches you how cynical thought habits are formed, and how you can rewire yourself to go beyond them. Neurochemical expert Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD, empowers you to transcend negativity by creating new thought habits. You'll learn simple, practical actions you can take to shift your thinking to a way that causes your brain to reward optimism with the release of happy chemicals. You can even permanently replace cynical thought patterns with realistic and optimistic thoughts.
In just minutes a day for six weeks, you will build new pathways to see the world in new ways. Frustration is an inevitable part of life, but rather than using cynicism to manage frustration, you can rewire your brain to get beyond it.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Why Your Brain Goes Negative 13
Negativity feels good to your old circuits, but you can build new, positive circuits.
Chapter 2 The Positivity of Escaping Threats 33
Escaping a threat feels good, which motivates you to repeat behaviors that, create the good feeling.
Chapter 3 The Positivity of Predictability 65
The joy of dopamine is released when the world meets or exceeds your expectations.
Chapter 4 The Positivity of Social Trust 89
Safety in numbers feels good, but the brain makes careful decisions about when to release the good feeling of trust
Chapter 5 The Positivity of Getting Ahead 115
Why superiority feels satisfying.
Chapter 6 Build a PARE Habit 141
Use Personal Agency and Realistic Expectations to build a positive life.
Chapter 7 The Pathway to a Positive Brain 167
Train your brain to recognize positivity and embrace solutions.
Appendix: Personal Agency in Books and Movies 189