A Simple Neurological Hack For Staying Happy 93% Of The Time

I read about this in an old book but never used it. Then one day a long time ago, when I was still just a kid, I drove my parent’s car into the side of a white brick building. 

The car was 3 days old. The bumper crumpled like foil. 

I had no idea who or how to get it fixed. Do I tell my parents? Did I damage the house? 

I was instantly filled with anxiety, almost paralyzed by it. 

Then, for the hell of it, I decided to try the technique I had read about. 

Essentially, the idea is this: when you think about something you represent it in your mind using pictures and feelings. 

If you make those pictures big, loud and in 4K then you amplify the signal. You can make the good stuff 10x better and also the bad stuff feel really bad. 

On the other hand, if you shrink the image, blot out the colors, push it all out into outer space until you can’t see it anymore, you can reduce the signal or effect it has on your nervous system. 

To break it down more: when good things happen, make the pictures big, turn up the volume, crank up the good feelings. Step into the picture and really feeeeeeel it. 

Yeah, it works. But don’t take my word for it, just do it and see. 

So for the bad things, you make the picture smaller, you can even pretend there is a small knob that you can turn and the bad feelings go all the waaaay down. Twist the button to the left and see if that doesn’t mute the volume. 

Yeah, it works. But you have to try it. 

And so on that fateful day, as I was pulling my crashed car out of the wall and deciding what to do next, I started  shrinking down the image of the whole scene. I wiped all the colors out of it so it was like an old timey black and white silent movie. 

Then I drop-kicked it into another galaxy. 

And I felt better. Instantly. 

But don’t take my word for it. Try it and see. 

And then I thought of a good thing, and I stepped into it, made it super big and felt all the good feelings. Then I turned it up even more. Till so felt so good so could barely handle it. 

From there, I was able to handle the situation without freaking out. Cool, calm, collected. 

I was just a kid when this happened. But I’ve been using it ever since. 

In fact, I used it so much that now it’s pretty much automatic. From all the reps, it just happens in the background mostly. 

So when something not so great happens, this program runs on auto and processes it. The pictures are minimized and I can step in and handle what needs to be handled. Instead of being gripped by anxiety or fear, I can just do what’s next. 

And when something good happens, it automatically gets amped up, the good feelings spinning, the picture big and bright and almost sparkling in high definition. Everything bright and buzzy. 

It’s a great little trick. 

This is the book I learned it from. It’s got some other interesting ideas, but for me this was the best one. 

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