It’s one of the most natural things in the world, and one of the least necessary:
Two weeks ago, I wrote a post describing how our brain fools us into being unhappy (read that post here). In it, I cited the book Happiness: The Science Behind Your Smile by author and psychologist Daniel Nettle. Well, as it turns out, the book contained another little gem that I just had to share.
Here’s it is:
“… Natural selection doesn’t give a fig for our happiness. It just wants us alive and making babies.”
In other words: Your brain is not always right.
Just because it’s natural to do something (like worry incessantly over nothing), that doesn’t mean it’s the best thing for us to be doing.
So my “get happy” tip for the day: Don’t do everything your brain tells you to.
Don’t worry so darn much, and, while you’re at it, stop making babies.
Okay, so I’m not exactly following the latter part of that piece of advice. But still.
I just thought I’d throw it out there.
It’s spirituality for the rest of us.
Eckhart Tolle is awesome. So are Byron Katie and all those Buddhist monks we hear about. Why, then, doesn’t their advice immediately solve all our most pressing spiritual problems?
Why are their results so difficult to replicate?
More Stuff to Read:
Some Spiritual Practices Actually Work. It’s Amazing.
There are hundreds of spiritual techniques for overcoming depression and increasing inner peace. Here, stories about the ones that actually work. (In some posts, I rate the practices on a scale of 1-10, too. Sort of like county fair pumpkins, but more spiritual.)
These Are the Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
Kids, here it is. Have at it.
- Spiritual-But-Not-Religious Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
- All Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday
I’m a Partner, a Mom, a Friend, a Mom, a Sister, a Daughter, a Businessperson and a Mom. Here’s What Helps.
Don’t read this section. It’s nonsense, mostly.
- My Mostly Ridiculous Self-Improvement Journal
- 150 Life Hacks for Getting Suddenly Awesome
- Suddenly Awesome Miscellany (And, Let’s Be Real: Book Promos)