Reshaping Our Stories

Our view of the world has a fundamental tendency to tilt towards the negative.

That’s exactly why our mind needs to practice intentionality — that is, intentionally reshaping the stories in our mind.

Studies in neuroplastcity (the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life) suggest we can actually CHANGE the results of earlier experiences, even when trauma occurred. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

There is research out of U.C Davis showing that just writing for a few minutes each day about things that you’re grateful for can dramatically boost your happiness and sense of wellbeing.

On a deeper level, try writing about an event that truly hurt you in some way. After venting (on paper), take a break. Then, re-write your story with the title “A Heroes Journey”. Notice that a change in perspective is a change in reality. Crazy, right?

Our perceptions are malleable. They are NOT factual.


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