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Daily Lift #271

Make Joyful Associations

Brains function like data bases. When something distressful happens, it's easy for your brain to think of other distressful memories. But you have the ability to channel your brain's associations to a more joyful path. Mentally connect minor frustrations to remind you to be grateful for what's positive in your life.

For example, if something falls from your hand, you can immediately exclaim, "Fantastic, gravity is still working for us." Or, if your computer doesn't work as you want it to, you can react, "I'm grateful for my eyesight that lets me see what's happening."

(From Rabbi Pliskin's "Happiness",p.134)

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