Hardwiring Happiness


You probably remember the kid who bullied you in third grade but not the time you got an A on your math test. Neuroscientists say this is because our brains have evolved to learn faster from bad experiences than from good ones. It helped our ancestors survive, but can make us feel worried and stressed. This hour, we’ll learn how to change this and hardwire happiness into our brains.


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  • Daniel White

    Ann & Dr. Hansen, I have long been accused of “assuming the best on people” to a fault. I believe that life is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Happiness begets happiness. My partner once asked me after a bad car accident, “how are you so calm?” My response was, “the alternative gives too much credit to the universe for my own destiny.” Regardless of what happens to each of us each day, we, as individuals, are the only ones who control how we respond. The past is out of our control, but the future is determined by your attitude now. You will always see the reality you choose to see: Eeyore or Pollyanna. One of those examples seems much happier to me.