Why Your Brain Is Not Wired For Happiness


Who doesn’t want happiness? All of us do, yet few of us will find true happiness in life. Why?

According to Harv Eker, it’s because our brains are wired for survival, not happiness. However, there’s hope. Each of us can learn to overcome our natural way of thinking and find happiness.

Read on to learn how.

Why Your Brain Is Not Wired For Happiness

There is no shortage of studies and books on helping people be more happy and find more satisfaction in their life. Why aren’t we happier?

Our minds are conditioned for self-preservation. Because of that we tend to gravitate towards looking for what might go wrong. 

As Harv points out, this conditioning is great for things like preventing us from stepping off the curb into the middle of traffic or spending our money ear-marked for the mortgage on a new big-screen TV, it can also stand in the way between us and true happiness.

How do you go from this natural thinking of surviving towards one of thriving? Can you move from a natural bias that gravitates towards negativity to one that is focused on happiness?

You can. The solution may sound simple, but it’s effective. It’s a choice. You have to change your natural mental bodyguard to stand down. Learning to be happy is about making a choice to be happy.

Happiness is a Choice

Starting a business can be a scary proposition that causes our brains to set off all kinds of alarms focused on all the things that could go wrong. You have to make the decision to recognize that fear, and choose to change your focus. It is up to you to choose happiness.

You can start to do this by practicing each day focusing on the good, no matter what life might look like right now. The more you train your mind to look at the glass as half full, the less you will focus on what might be missing.

No amount of money or material possessions will change our lives to one of happiness. It’s a choice we make daily, ignoring what may be happening around us. 

The more often you choose to be happy, the happier you will be. It is as simple as that.

The Bottom Line: Enjoy the process. Enjoy the journey.

There will be moments of perfection in our lives. Moments where we would not want to change a single thing. Realize that it’s unrealistic to ask that out of life or expect it all the time. But it is within the grasp of each of us to control or practice being whatever we want to be right now.

Prioritize happiness. Choose happiness.

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