Our brains hold negativity making us more efficient at learning from negative experience and less adept to learn from positive ones. But our brains are constantly changing in structure, so if we learn to concentrate on the good, we can actually change our brains to well-being and psychological healing.
Hanson teaches us to transform experiences into lasting improvements by using the HEAL method:
Have a positive experience
Link positive to negative thoughts and feelings to soothe and replace them.
It’s a way to bring a confident openness to life and a sense of mastery over your mind; taking in the good, sensitizing your brain to positive experiences, and making many little happy moments last over time.
Pick one thing to do each day that makes you happy. Keep it simple. Stick with it over several days. Add more positive feelings and experiences each day. Recognize the value of each and bring it continually to mind. Do the practice and you will be happier. It’s guaranteed.