Body & Mind

Have It and Enjoy It!- a Few Words on How to Stay Positive

Why it is easier to focus on anger and worries? Why do we stick to negative experience instead of remember mostly the positive ones? What is the reason we can very clearly recall the moment when someone hurt us but can not mention the positive memory so well? If you would like to get to know the answer we recommend to you the speech of Rick Hanson, who will clarify on that in less than 15 min. What is more there are some tips on how to enjoy the positive attitude. This will help you to success at work and maybe even inspire some of your colleagues or family.


Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, best selling author of Buddha’s Brain. He taughts meditation in centers worldwide. The speech was made on TEDx, which  is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a  experience. At a TEDx video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.


Rick Hanson  presents to us power of everyday experiences and its impact on our brain. He gives us some very useful tips on how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias. He clarified that it was the evolution that impacted the development of our brain, which was made to pay more attention to negative experience in order to remember the danger and thus survive. Nowadays even if the times changed, the brain still works in very similar way, which is why we need to set it up in a different way.

According to Rick Hanson we are able to change brain setup in order to focus more on the positive. Our brain is very flexible and can be shaped by our experience depending on what we concentrate on. If we constantly think about the worries, dangers or unpleasant experience, then we are more vulnerable to fear, anxiety or feeling guilty. In contrast, if we concentrate on positive side, our brain will be targeted at strength, resistance, optimism and good mood.

We can heal our brains in easy 4 ways:

  1. Have a good experience
  2. Enrich it
  3. Absorb it
  4. Link positive with negative material

What’s the most important minute of your life? It’s the next one! As you cannot do anything about the past. Find your opportunities and enjoy it!


What are your ways to stay positive?

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