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➜ Hyperbole and a Half: Adventures in Depression

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➜ Embracing Pain by Alex Korb, Ph.D.

Pain is just a signal. It is a test to see if your intentions are true. What does your pain mean to you? What are you doing with your life that your pain is not worth enduring?

➜ That's Affirmative by Alex Korb, PhD.

[T]hinking positively about yourself, or even just trying to think of your positive qualities makes it easier to change your habits. That’s a cool phenomenon, but what’s the neuroscience behind it?

The first thing you need to know is that bad habits reside in a deep, unconscious region of the brain called the basal ganglia. And the only way to change bad habits is for the prefrontal cortex to override the activity in the basal ganglia to create new habits. Self-affirmation helps change the balance of neural activity.

We know from other studies that thinking happy memories boosts serotonin. Positive self-reflection in general likely has the same effect on increasing serotonin activity. This is important because serotonin is essential for proper functioning of the prefrontal cortex. We also know from other studies that self-reflection activates the medial prefrontal cortex. So the key for changing your bad habits is that self-affirmation boosts the prefrontal cortex’s ability to override the basal ganglia.    

So this year, before you come up with a list of all your terrible qualities that you want to change, spend some time reflecting on all the qualities you like about yourself. Have you ever forgiven another person when they have hurt you? Have you ever been considerate of another person’s feelings? Please elaborate.

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Norway, Geirangerfjord 1890 (by BSMK1SV)

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Norway, Geirangerfjord 1890 (by BSMK1SV)

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At Evening Time It Shall Be LightBenjamin Williams Leader (British, 1831–1923)
Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 127.3 cm, 1897.Manchester City Galleries.

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At Evening Time It Shall Be Light
Benjamin Williams Leader (British, 1831–1923)

Oil on canvas, 76.5 x 127.3 cm, 1897.
Manchester City Galleries.

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The Old Church, Betws-y-CoedWilliam Edmund Benger (British, 1841–1915)
Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm.Williamson Art Gallery &amp; Museum.

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The Old Church, Betws-y-Coed
William Edmund Benger (British, 1841–1915)

Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 101.6 cm.
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.

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Old Kirkway, Liscard, WirralHarold Hopps (1879–1967)
Oil on board, 24.1 x 34.2 cm.Williamson Art Gallery &amp; Museum.

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Old Kirkway, Liscard, Wirral
Harold Hopps (1879–1967)

Oil on board, 24.1 x 34.2 cm.
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.

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