the good stuff
Scientists tell us that our brain focuses on negatives. Our brain actually holds on to negative information like velcro. Our brain easily forgets all of the positives in our lives. The positives slip away like teflon. Gone! Vanished!
Anthropologically, this was a useful skill to help us remember dangerous or risky situations. However, in our modern day lives, we tend to focus on all the bad parts of our days and we get pretty discouraged.
How about an example of what I mean?
Imagine losing $50? We would kick ourselves for 3 weeks trying to remember where that $50 bucks might be! Imagine finding $50? We would forget that elation 3 hours later, while we are busy griping about the traffic or the bad weather.
How can we re-map the brain to focus on good stuff? One way we have found is this: my little family and I have been writing down the "good stuff" in 2018. Daily, we take a moment to jot down the good things in our lives. It has been really eye opening and inspiring how many good things that are happening each day. Also, we are able to hold onto these things because we are writing them down and noticing them and by sharing them in the notebook, this "good stuff" echos between us and there is a ripple effect of "good stuff."
As the days, weeks and months roll on, we have an account of everything good that we have noticed. We can look back on these good things and remember everything that might have otherwise slipped away. Big thanks to my niece for giving me this pretty notebook from the Rifle Paper Co. I now share these notebooks with all of my clients and they are now documenting their good stuff. Good stuff is blooming, echoing, growing, rippling, reverberating and flowing.
How can you notice the good stuff in your life? How can you hold onto it?