Happiness: The Mindfulness Code

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“Davidson’s work has helped to identify the brain circuits that stimulate feelings of happiness, contentment, and well-being.
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He has also shown that happiness can be learned.
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Research indicates that the left prefrontal cortex — the area of the brain located behind the left forehead — is highly active when one experiences positive feelings such as peacefulness, calmness, optimism, and happiness.
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This is not, however, the kind of self-centered hedonic happiness that brings only temporary relief from life’s woes and worries.
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What is produced is a more enduring sense of well-being that goes beyond a short-lived positive feeling.
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Those who train their brains to produce positive emotions also naturally act in kind and compassionate ways.
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“They are poised to jump into action and do whatever they can to help relieve suffering, observes Davidson.
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In other words, happiness and compassion are acquired skills that stimulate compassionate behavior.
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Davidson’s work and that of other neuroscientists is substantiating what mystics and poets have taught all along about our untapped human potential.
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With enough practice, one can actually transform oneself into a human being dedicated to peace and kindness without needing to wave a peace banner in another’s face — which may serve only to create a fresh conflict.
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This is perhaps the next great revolution and evolution of the human mind.
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The ability to profoundly change from the inside out really does exist.
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Methods of training the mind for compassion and peace offer the hope that life can be experienced in a vastly more loving and caring way than it usually is on our blue planet.
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Just knowing that such potential exists is the beginning of turning toward happiness and rewiring your brain.
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