[ DB - 16 December 2018 ] Optimism

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    [ DB - 16 December 2018 ] Optimism

    Optimism

    Optimism is the result of a response of the brain that activates the rostral anterior cingulated cortex (RACC) and the right amygdala in the brain.

    The RACC helps regulate negative emotions that would normally short-circuit the brain's higher functions and shut it down.

    We are what we say because what we say is what we think. What we think ends up being what we do.

    Believe in yourself. Stay positive.

    #2
    Absolutely right, but sometimes... energy, not, haven't...

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      #3
      Amirsh thank you for responding to this and you are right. It takes more energy to remain positive than to feel downbeat and negative. This is also what makes the positive state of mind so valuable. But there is more to this, in asserting the positive over the negative we are also forced to think about what we want, why and what really matters to us. None of this is easy at a personal level, but it all goes into building the mental strength we need to get through difficult parts of life.

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        #4
        Again, you're right. I decided I am going on a vacation this year (instead of staying home again) and will probably travel to South Korea - I've been doing some introductory Korean for the past three weeks, like 5 minutes at a time. Today my family may have made me take it more seriously - I want somewhere interesting to "up and leave to" in case I'll "need" to.

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          #5
          Amirsh I applaud that. It's by exploring the world and its options this way, through small, determined steps that we find new directions to travel to if need be. Stay awesome Bee. (and have a great time!).

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            #6
            Thanks for posting these messages (or just making them more visible on the frontpage) ... not long before winter solstice is past us and days start getting longer again

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              #7
              Gratitude makes all the difference, doesn't it? some people spend all their time thinking and talking about the bad things that happen in their life. none of us escape that. we have accidents; we have pain; we have broken heaters. we also have hugs when we are down, and snowball fights, the occasional treat, a beautiful sunset, the wagging tail of a dog or the soft paw pat of a cat, a good cup of coffee, or maybe just a smile from a stranger that opened the door for you. optimism is an intentional practice.

              thank you for these wonderful daily boosts.

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