Spirituality & Self Love TLC Thursday Watch

3 Reasons Why It Might Feel Natural to Be Negative

Do you ever wonder why people choose to be Negative?

In today’s video Dr. Loretta Breuning goes in depth about it and the answer will shock you! Did you know that being negative actually stimulates the same brain chemicals that make us HAPPY?

Yup! “Happy” chemicals like: dopamine, serotonin, oxytocin get released when we get in a negative habit.

Now, we aren’t saying that having a negative mindset is healthy (obviously) but it is important we understand what these chemicals are and how they can positively or negatively impact our life. Once we understand this, then we will be able to re-wire ourselves to release HAPPY chemicals through POSITIVE habits.

3 Reasons we go Negative:
  1. Our brain is designed to protect us: We create neural pathways to alert us when things have hurt us before.
  2. It helps us socially bond: We are creatures of connection and when our pain has brought us attention or connection in the past, negativity becomes a behavior we believe brings us closer to others.
  3. It makes us feel smart: There is a sense of significance we feel when we “know what’s right” and others don’t see what we see.

Make sure you watch today’s lesson to see how these chemicals affect our habits and please let us know what you’ve learned in the comments below!

Negativity is natural, but positivity is possible!


Additional Resources:

3 Ways to Bust Through Negative Patterns

5 Things to STOP Doing That Are Causing You Stress and Anxiety

How to Activate the Secret “Off” Switch to Your Anxiety

About the author

Loretta Breuning

Loretta Breuning

Dr. Loretta Breuning is Founder of the Inner Mammal Institute and author of Habits of a Happy Brain: Retrain your brain to boost your serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin and endorphin levels. As Professor of Management at California State University, and as a mom, she was not convinced by prevailing views of human motivation. Her search for new information led to studies of the brain chemistry we share with earlier mammals. Then everything made sense, and she began creating resources to help people manage their inner mammal. Her new book is called The Science of Positivity: Stop negative thought patterns by changing your brain chemistry. The Inner Mammal Institute offers books, podcasts, videos, infographics, slide shows, and a training program, to help you make peace with your inner mammal.

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