7 Facts About the Brain That Incline the Mind to Joy

posted on: January 22nd, 2014
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  • TJ from Brum

    Excellent!

    Just one little point (sorry!), very near the end, under “For contemplative practice”, 2nd blob … “the high levels of dopamine associated with joy help keep the “gate” of awareness shut to being flooded by new experience” – unfortunately this also explains why, when people are at peak happiness (eg. just started new relationship), they’re also more likely to have accidents (eg. run over cos forgot to look properly) – sad but true! – hence unfortunately presumably our evolved inclination to be negative & alert, as in article – but no worries! – just remember to be especially careful when especially happy!
    Wonderful summary at end!
    Inspiring writing!

RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers.

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