Our brains often struggle with fear and self-doubt. Dr. Amit Sood created the short animated video "A Very Happy Brain" to illustrate how our brains operate. With modest effort, you can turn anxiety into happiness. Focusing on helping others re-directs our brains away from a negative inner monologue. Turns out, the fastest way to make ourselves 'happy' is to help others!
How our brains work
In "A Very Happy Brain" Dr. Sood explains that to create happiness we first must understand key traits of the brain. Our brains signify pain when we feel other's pains. Imagination is the same as real pain. When we imagine a scary spider, our brains sense it as if it's real. Brains can't tell physical from emotional pain. To our brains, a broken heart hurts as real as a broken bone.
Make your brain happier right now
The most powerful way to heal a broken heart or calm the mind from anxiety is to help others. Any amount of altruistic behavior directs our minds to be healers. That's why altruistic activities make you happier than the pursuit of happiness.
You're empowered to boost your own happiness right now. Starting where you are, share a smile, a joke, or a lend a hand to whomever you are with! Then let us know, do you feel happier?
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