What Does it Take to Be Happier?
The latest studies in quantum physics, quantum mechanics and more are revealing that we are all naturally connected to a field of limitless energy and information that contains the potential for us to experience unlimited natural happiness.
While we can experience some of our natural happiness everyday, our access to all that is possible can be severely limited by trapped attention. Neuroscientist have recently discovered that our attention often times gets trapped in two areas of our brain, limiting our ability to access all the happiness we may want in our lives and during each day.
So what does it take for us to experience more of our unlimited natural happiness? How can we keep our attention from being trapped? The answers might be simpler than you think.
Learning to recognize when our attention is getting trapped and then having a way to un trap it quickly is the key to accessing more of our unlimited natural happiness whenever we want to. The two areas of our brain that trap our attention, do it in only two ways. Learning to recognize these two ways when they happen is step one in being happier.
The first way that our brain traps our attention is through a simple thought pattern that tells us “If only I had this one thing, then I would be happier now”. This thought pattern gets triggered whenever you feel bored for a certain length of time. You start feeling bored about a circumstance in your life and your brain starts looking for a solution to cure your boredom – looking for a way to make you feel more excited. It looks at the possible options available and chooses one “thing” that you don’t have, and tells you, “If only you had this thing, then that would be really exciting. Then you would be happier”. I’m sure you recognize this pattern.
The other way that our brain traps our attention is through a second thought pattern that tells us “If only I DIDN’T have this one thing, then I would be happier now”. This thought pattern gets triggered whenever you feel overwhelmed for a certain length of time. You start feeling overwhelmed or in fear about a circumstance in your life and your brain starts looking for a solution to cure your feelings of overwhelm, again looking for a way to make you feel less fear and more excitement. It looks at what’s happening in your circumstances and chooses one “thing” to label as the cause of your feelings of overwhelm, and tells you, “If only you DIDN’T have this thing, then everything would be so much better. Then you would be happier”. Does this resonate with your experience?
You can begin to start recognizing when your brain is about to trap your attention by paying attention to whenever you feel bored or overwhelmed. You can simply check in with yourself and ask from time to time:
“How is this feeling now?”
If you are feeling something less than what I call “effortless excitement”; that is, if you are feeling some form of either boredom on one side of the spectrum, or overwhelm on the other, then get ready for your brain to try to trap your attention by running one of those two patterns. When you notice yourself feeling either bored or overwhelmed (or some variety of these feelings), then step two is to un trap your attention immediately before your brain has a chance to run it’s pattern.
One of the easiest ways to un trap your attention is to, as soon as you notice yourself feeling less than excited about something, ask yourself
“What’s the most exciting thing to do now?” and then do that.
What this does is to help you break your brain’s habit of running these two patterns and it gives you a way to immediately supply yourself with more of what you are really after – the feelings of more effortless excitement.
Again, the first step is to notice when you are feeling either bored or overwhelmed, and the second step is to choose the feeling of more excitement now, rather than allowing your brain to trap your attention and send you on a goose chase to find it sometime in the future.
As you get more repetitions in of doing this, you will naturally get better and better at accessing more of your unlimited natural happiness whenever you want it. You can find the times where you feel bored or overwhelmed becoming shorter and shorter and the moments when you are feeling excited and happier getting longer.