Why I always “sign up” for happiness


“Future historians might conclude that our age suffered from a pathological need to repetitively seek out reasons for how bad life is.”—Rob Brezsny

NPR’s Ira Flatow produces “Science Friday.” I’m offering “Science Monday” with three scientific reasons to choose happiness this week.

1. Your brain, still running ancient “Eat lunch. Don’t be lunch” programming is not hard-wired for fight or flight. Two-thirds of its neurons, in fact, are malleable and CAN. BE. CHANGED. You man the dials and can train those pesky neurons to seek out joy.

2. The new science of epigenetics is proving that even genes are not set in concrete. How they unravel depends on their environment.

3. By taking time to register within your mind that at this moment “I have all I need,” at this moment “Everything’s actually going okay,” you can rewire your brain.

Sadly, we spend our lives taking note and “registering” those times when something goes wrong. By actively stopping for a moment and registering moments of “Life right now is going okay,” we can literally re-sculpt our neurological structure.

We wouldn’t walk into a wedding or a funeral and not sign the guest book. Why do we fail to register for all those countless moments when life really is just fine the way it is?

Once you actively start noticing those moments, you’ll find the years will take care of themselves.

Pam Grout is the author of 17 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the soon-to-be-released sequel, E-Cubed, 9 More Experiments that Prove Mirth, Magic and Merriment is your Full-time Gig.

12 Comments on “Why I always “sign up” for happiness

  1. I love this! Archangel Michael reminded me to be thankful for all the miracles that are happening each day, no matter if they are small or large. This goes right along with that…being thankful and joyful throughout the day. Thank you, Pam.

  2. Pam

    Right on! I agree with the other post, the timing is impeccable. I have my first book coming out end of the year and I write quite a bit on that same stream of consciousness. I believe we are going to find that it is not genes at all, but neuro-pathways of repetitive consciousness that has dug trenches of pathways that we cannot escape and our “thinking” drives all of this!!

    Great job!

    Mark Parker

  3. You hit the nail on the head, Pam Grout. It riles them that you perceive the web they weave, keep on thinking Free. ken

  4. I love your writing style and E-Squared is incredible! It has certainly helped to keep me open to possibilities as well as become more aware and allowing. Your 48 hour ‘ultimatums’ really have been working for me!! I’ve employed your ‘experiments’ and used them to manifest intentions on numerous occasions! Can’t wait for E-Cubed!

  5. I’ve learned so much between your books and through your blog. I have been doing your experiments and can’t believe how they truly work! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  6. You are an amazingly awesome spirit!!  I am honored to have found your blog. From my little rock in the middle of the Caribbean. … I say THANK YOU… BIG Respect!  Patricia

    Sent via the Samsung GALAXY S®4, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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