Monday, October 14, 2013
Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson, Ph. D. Review
See Through The Lies Your Brain Tells You
Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of feeling loved? Your brain was wired in such a way when it evolved, primed to learn quickly from bad experiences, but not so much from the good ones. It's an ancient survival mechanism that turned the brain into Velcro for the negative, but Teflon for the positive.
This is a very interesting book that takes a detailed look into how are brains are wired to focus on the negative and not the positive and what we can do to change that so we can lead happier and more fulfilling lives. The author does a great job of taking very complex concepts from brain research and writing about them in a way that anyone can understand. I loved all of the examples and explanations that were given to help me to understand why my brain functions the way it does.
The book did lose me in the middle when all of the examples were given about how to hold onto positive things in our lives and make them last as long as we can so are brain will remember them. It all seemed a bit too complicated for me. What I did take from the book was how important it is to actively look for the positives in my life and to be grateful for all the wonderful things in my life to offset the brain's natural tendency to focus on the negative.
This is a relatively short book but is filled with lots of information and is worth a read by anyone looking to add more happiness and joy into their lives. Though I might not do everything suggested by the author I will be trying many things he suggests in the book.
My rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5
I received this book from NetGalley for a review.
Posted by Anne at 5:29 AM