How to trick the brain to achieve happiness

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Carlos Laforet Coll
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You can deceive the brain: let's see together the trick to feel happy and get out of sadness or bad mood.

Do not keep avocado like this: it is dangerous. You can deceive the brain: the trick to feel happy and get out of sadness or bad mood.

La happiness it can also be reached through deception. The method is quite simple and within everyone's reach: it involves getting the body to help "twist" the brain. Yes: if it is true that emotions "modify" the body (for example, by increasing the heart rate) it has also been scientifically proven that - even when we are in a black mood - certain changes in the body are registered by the brain and interpreted as positive emotions. Of happiness.




Why this is interesting information is clear: modulating one's emotions, in order to have a clear inner sky, is not always easy; on the contrary, the small effort required to act on the muscles is definitely within everyone's reach. Everytime. It doesn't take much, for example to start with a smile: even if “forced” or unconscious (because obtained, indirectly, for example by holding a pencil between the teeth, thus activating the muscles of the mouth and cheeks) it produces its beautiful effect. In short, smiling, in whatever way it happens, makes us feel better, makes us more calm and confident towards life.


In psychology this effect is explained by the theory of facial feedback; in one of the more recent experiments, to demonstrate this, participants (who thought they were participating in a study of facial muscle reactions) were asked to "raise their cheeks" or "twitch their eyebrows" while being given images. Result: everyone found the images more pleasing when the indication was to "raise the cheeks" (ie smile); the opposite happened when - instead - they assumed the required frowning, gruff position of gaze. The effects of that perception and mood were not instantaneous but lasted: up to 4 minutes.

Living in an environment where everyone is smiling easily also increases our ability to smile and be more in a good mood (social feedback to smiling, in both directions, has its weight!).

To summarize: yes, we can fool the brain and, smiling and laughing, change our emotions downwards, turning them towards well-being. It goes without saying that this is a useful, effective but "first aid" remedy; to be used without fear, when needed; always but above all while preparing to look at life in a different way.

These experiments have made it even more evident that our happiness does not depend so much on what (to us) happens but on the way in which we - and consequently our body - look at the things we encounter. Without expectations, simply living what is there.



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