83/100 Days of Seeds of Light

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Day 83/100 #100daysofseedsoflight

I started reading Janice Kaplan’s “The Gratitude Diaries.” I’m only at Chapter 3 and I’ve got tons of dogeared pages already. The thing is this - the author isn’t saying anything I don’t already know or believe - I KNOW and BELIEVE in the power of gratitude - but she is backing it up with scientific research, which I love.

Here’s one bit that I especially appreciate: “…in both small events and big ones, seeing the good can be a challenge, because a general rule of life is that negative events overshadow positive ones...Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman says ruminating on what went wrong makes evolutionary sense. Our ancestors survived by remembering the one poisonous berry they encountered and telling their friends about it. Describing ten tasty ones didn’t do much good at all.”

Aha! There are so many evolutionary reasons for humans to be alert for and pay attention to the dangers, the negatives, and it helps me to understand why we might be wired that way. It is also exactly why I believe we can re-train our brains to be able to see the good bits, the ten tasty berries.