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The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, andLive–and How You Can Change Them by Richard J. Davidson

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You know it’s a good book when you start highlighting the introduction.
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“The smallest, most fleeting unit of emotion is an emotional state.
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Typically lasting only a few seconds, it tends to be triggered by an experience—the spike of joy you feel at the macaroni collage your child made you for Mother’s Day, the sense of accomplishment you feel upon finishing a big project at work, the anger you feel over having to work all three days of a holiday weekend, the sadness you feel when your child is the only one in her class not invited to a party.
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Emotional states can also arise from purely mental activity, such as daydreaming, or introspection, or anticipating the future.
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But whether they are triggered by real-world experiences or mental ones, emotional states tend to dissipate, each giving way to the next?
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Life is a river,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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A river
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runs rapidly,
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then —–Slows——-
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m-e-a-n-d-e-r-s
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a while,
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in places,
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like life,
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downstream
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always
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a mystery.
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Acceptance
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Slows
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the current
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of emotion
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of doubt
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and worry.
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Allowing us to
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Use our oars
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to direct,
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Our attention
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On this journey.
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Personalities: ……… Complex PTSD personality is , irrational, illogical!!!!!

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No, triggers are not logical, they do not make any sense, they are highly irrational, illogical, obtuse and mostly harsh towards us, me and you.
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Trauma makes no sense, in fact, it’s highly outrageous in the fears it honors.
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Confusion is the consequence we are left with.
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Let it go, maybe, you will never understand why.
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Giving thought to this quandary makes us suffer more.
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One more time, we heal by letting go, staying present and most of all by not thinking, giving energy, to negative thought, ruminating.
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MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

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Wristify, as they call their device, is a thermoelectric bracelet that regulates the temperature of the person wearing it by subjecting their skin to alternating pulses of hot or cold, depending on what’s needed.
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The prototype recently won first place at this year’s MADMEC, an annual competition put on by the school’s Materials Science and Engineering program, netting the group a $10,000 prize, which they’ll use to continue its development.
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It’s a promising start to a clever approach that could help alleviate a serious energy crisis.
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But as Sam Shames, the MIT senior who helped invent the technology, explains, the team was motivated by a more prosaic problem: keeping everyone happy in a room where no one can agree where to set the thermostat.
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Shames runs hot. His mom runs cold.
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He figured there must be a way for them to coexist peacefully. So he started researching, digging into physiology journals to get a better understanding of how we experience temperature. One paper held the key to the Wristify concept.
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It detailed how locally heating and cooling different parts of the body has all sorts of effects on how hot or cold we are–or, more accurately, how hot or cold we think we are.
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“There’s a big perceptual component to it,” Shames says.
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Politicians so far away from any “Mindful” thought or action..

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top seven wasteful government projects.
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Swedish massages for rabbits ($387,000): The National Institutes of Health paid for a two-year study that involved giving rabbits daily post-exercise rub downs from a “mechanical device that simulates the long, flowing strokes used in Swedish massages.” The goal was to measure the impact on recovery from workouts.
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A stoner musical (part of $15,000): The Colorado Symphony Orchestra, which received $14,000 last year from the National Endowment for the Arts, hosted a marijuana-themed musical titled “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series.” One advertisement encouraged potential patrons to “Smoke up and fill your belly with Manna’s spiced pork, Sesame Seed Teriyaki Chicken, & Filipino Empanadas.” Even though marijuana is legal in Colorado, pot dealers were not allowed to sell product inside the shows.
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U.S. Coast Guard party patrols (at least $100,000): The Coast Guard provided free waterway security for private parties on some of the most exclusive real estate in the nation, “just as it does for public fireworks displays such as the Macy’s Fourth of July celebration in New York City,” according to an Associated Press report cited in the Wastbook. Some of the Coast Guard boats used for the events are worth $1,500 an hour, and taxpayers picked up the tab for their use.
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A “Tower to Nowhere” forced upon NASA ($350 million to date): Republican lawmakers from Mississippi successfully pushed through an earmark requiring the National Aeronautic and Space Administration to complete work on a 300-foot tower that the agency has no use for. The structure, located at a space center in Mississippi, is designed to test rocket engines that were part of a George W. Bush-era space program that President Obama canceled in 2010. NASA doesn’t plan to develop any new rockets that could be tested in the “Tower of Pork” or “Tower to Nowhere,” as the structure is known.
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A new bridge demolished for using Canadian steel ($45,000): The Federal Highway Administration helped fund a $144,000 bridge in Morrison, Colo., that had to be demolished because the American-cast steel in the structure was rolled into beams in Canada. U.S. “Buy American” provisions limit the amount of foreign steel that can be used in federally funded construction projects. Morrison Mayor Sean Forey said the value of the Canadian portion of the project exceeded a $2,500 minimum in the grant contract by $771.64.
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Postal Service grocery shipments to remote Alaska ($77 million): The U.S. Postal Service has shipped consumer items to remote villages in Alaska since 1972 at a cost of $2.5 billion since 1972, including $77 million annually in recent years. The “Alaska Bypass” program, which was detailed in a Washington Post report this summer, amounts to a giant subsidy for retailers who receive the goods, as they pay the agency about half of what it would cost them to ship the products commercially.
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Synchronized swimming for sea monkeys ($307,500): Three federal agencies supported a study measuring the swirl created by the collective movements of sea monkeys, a tiny variety of brine shrimp. The researchers found that the creatures, along with other swimming plankton, could “potentially influence the circulation of water in oceans.” The National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation contributed $307,524 to the project, but sea-monkey kits can be purchased online for as little as $12.
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External versus internal

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Matthieu Ricard: “happiness”
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We look for happiness outside ourselves when it is basically an inner state of being.
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If it were an exterior condition, it would be forever beyond our reach.
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Our desires are boundless and our control over the world is limited, temporary, and, more often than not, illusory.
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We forge bonds of friendship, start families, live in society, work to improve the material conditions of our existence—is that enough to define happiness?
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No.
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We can have “everything we need” to be happy and yet be most unhappy; conversely, we can remain serene in adversity.
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It is naive to imagine that external conditions alone can ensure happiness.
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That is the surest way to a rude awakening.
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Self image and happiness,,,,

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My opinion: Hard to find happiness with an unworthy self image.
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Damn near impossible to find true happiness with an unworthy self image.
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When you feel vulnerable, anxious, how does it impact your self image.
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Sit down and review how your self image inflates and deflates with external stimulus and then internal judgment about our self image.
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Know this pattern, know the self image can be complete, full, content, and happy everyday.
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It is plastic remember, pliable.
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Starts with awareness, then acceptance, then action in the face of unworthiness.
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