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We’re wired…

I was reading an article recently about how our brains are “wired”.  Our brain is an absolute wonder of the world, true?  In this article, the author zeroed in on the topic of negativity.  Here’s a critical fact:

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. 

Dr. Travis Bradberry

Ishkabibble!  Once per minute?  No wonder we come across so many people that are in that negative, poop-in-the-face mood.

The Doc continues to explain in a medical context how our brains have developed a neuro-path swaying us towards negativity.  He summarized one origin of our continuous, negative attitudes stemming from deep in our brain “wiring” this way:

Neurons that fire together, wire together.

I think this is a fascinating, albeit a bit unnerving read.  Check it out:  http://www.talentsmart.com/articles/How-Complaining-Rewires-Your-Brain-for-Negativity-2147446676-p-1.html

But beware: The facts, realities and impacts of constant complaining get worse.  Dr. Bradberry states:

Complaining shrinks the hippocampus.

I say again, Ishkabibble!  Shrinks our hippocampus?  Is that why we live in a time where there is such an effort to avoid negative outcomes?  I mean, just look at our commercial products world where legal liability avoidance is such a big thing:

In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods:

On a Sears hairdryer:

“Do not use while sleeping.”

(That’s the only time I have to work on my hair.)

On a bag of Fritos:

“You could be a winner! No purchase necessary.  Details inside.”

(The shoplifter special?)

On a bar of Dial soap: Directions:

“Use like regular soap.”

(And that would be how?)

On some Swanson frozen dinners:

“Serving suggestion: Defrost.

(But, it’s just a suggestion.)

On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on the bottom):

“Do not turn upside down.”

(Well…duh, a bit late, huh?)

On Marks & Spencer Bread Pudding:

“Product will be hot after heating.”

(…and you thought?)

On packaging for a Rowenta iron:

“Do not iron clothes on body.”

(But wouldn’t this save me more time?)

On Booth’s Children Cough Medicine:

“Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.”

(We could do a lot to reduce the rate of construction accidents if we could just get those 5-year- olds with   head-colds off those forklifts.)

On Nytol Sleep Aid:

“Warning: May cause drowsiness.”

(And… I’m taking this because?)

On most brands of Christmas lights:

“For indoor or outdoor use only.”

(As opposed to…what?)

On a Japanese food processor:

“Not to be used for the other use.”

(Now, somebody out there, help me on this. I’m a bit curious.)

On Sunsbury’s peanuts:

“Warning: contains nuts.”

(Talk about a news flash)

On an American Airlines packet of nuts:

“Instructions: open packet, eat nuts.”

(Step 3: maybe, uh…fly Delta?)

On a child’s Superman costume:

“Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.”

(I don’t blame the company. I blame the parents for this one.)

On a Swedish chainsaw:

“Do not attempt to stop chain with your hands.”

(Was there a lot of this happening somewhere?) 

Unknown Sage

Dr. Bradberry does offer solutions to “re-wire” our brains towards a more positive perspective.   One suggestion he emphasizes is remembering to be grateful.  I’m always grateful to receive practical advice.  Like this Facebook example posted by my son – who, coincidentally, is an electrician:

You can’t always control who walks into your life.  But you can control which window you throw them out of.    

Unknown Sage

Thanks Eric!  I think I feel my hippocampus growing.

GAP

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2 Comments


  1. Cameron Newell
    Nov 02, 2016

    Thank you. Great way to start my day.


    • Gary
      Nov 04, 2016

      Thanks for reading and replying Cameron! A good start is half the battle 🙂 Thx, GAP

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