Just having positive experiences is not enough to promote long lasting well-being. If a person feels grateful for a few seconds, that’s nice. That’s better than feeling resentful or bitter for a few seconds. But in order to really suck that experience into the brain, we need to stay with those experiences for a longer duration of time—we need to take steps, consciously, to keep that spotlight of attention on the positive.
So, how do we actually do this? These are the three steps that are recommended for taking in the good. These are not invented by someone particular but are embedded in many good therapies and life practices. But we’ve tried to tear them apart and embed them in an evolutionary understanding of how the brain works.
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