Saturday, October 6, 2012

Rewiring neural pathways to happiness

 I have been thinking lately about the things that make me happy.   Its easy for me to take notice of the wonderful things around me when I feel relatively good.  It is much more difficult to see the things that make me happy when I am not feeling so great.  Whether its some kind of illness or any outside stress, I only have so much I can take before negativity seeps in and so I am thinking lately that I need practice.  I want to increase my capacity before I slip into being a negative bitch about everything.

  Noticing the things that make me happy often and making a place for them in my memory I think will be key.  I want to rewire neural pathways.  I want to create and develop happier habits for myself.

Yesterday I the superhero found the ending credits song for the cartoon Adventure Time on youtube.
Music can quickly affect ones mood.  I am loving this song today.

Geeky sciency stuff and especially Vi Hart, make me happy too.  October is the month of the flexagon. I am going to try and make a hexaflexagon later today!
Seeing those colors flip round and round and the triangles and the flexy paper.  Oh joy!

  Certain movies can lift my spirits.  I am a Big Lebowski fan and consider myself a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever.  Music of course and I like to bake and prepare food too.  Above all though I try and remember that taking care of somebody else never fails to make me feel better.  Whether its reading books to the spawn or even preparing food for them.  Taking a walk in the gorgeous fall weather collecting leaves is right up there on the list too!

What are the things that make you happy?  Do you tend to be a positive thinker or negative thinker?
Angie Bee
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