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Overcoming The Brain's Defaults: "Hardwiring Happiness"

Harmony Books

Why is it we'll stew for hours about the person who drove badly in front of us, to the exclusion of noticing what a nice day or otherwise uneventful drive we had? 

Because we're supposed to notice the bad things and learn from them, and not notice the things that go well.  As neuropsychologist Rick Hanson puts it, the brain is Velcro for the negative, Teflon for the positive.  He explains why--and how we can work around that architecture--in his book Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence.


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.