Are the things that are getting you down real or perceived threats? Discover how you can learn to tell the difference here.
- In this chapter's exercise, I'd like for you to recognize what is it that allows you to get triggered when unexpected news takes place? So this is a part of the human condition. All of us go through life seeking that sense of safety, security, and stability, but guess what, folks? Every moment of our day, something can come up that will disrupt the primal brain's drive for that safety, security, and stability. The challenge is your brain evolved to make it almost impossible to distinguish between what is a real threat to your survival, say being chased by a lion, or in my case, almost stepping on a rattle snake on a hike a couple of weeks ago, or a perceived threat to your survival, if you're running late to catch your flight, or perhaps getting an unexpected email that you weren't expecting, what I want you to learn in this exercise are some of the tools that I've been teaching to students in my popular university happiness course. When you are confronted with unexpected news, whether it's at work or in life, here's an exercise to do. Take about 10 seconds and just see if you can find your breath, and begin to discern is the cause of what's giving me the stress, is it something that I have control over? 95% of the case, the answer's going to be yes. Sometimes the solution, it may not be in your direct train of thought, but eventually it's there. And so what I want you to understand in this exercise is learning how to be in control when life spins you out of control. I invite you to download the PDF with the exercise to help you in this task.
This course was created by genconnectU. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
- Why you should invest in happiness
- Defining happiness
- Overcoming brain wiring
- Controlling the uncontrollable
- Separating pleasure from happiness
- Connecting with others
- Trusting your social brain