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How's Your F, H and B?

Do you find that you are optimistic and trusting, believing that things can change and improve?  Or do you tend, instead, toward cynicism and doubt somewhat like Eyore the donkey or Puddleglum the Marshwiggle?  If you lean toward the gloomy side you may want to take heed.


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Hope, faith, belief, and optimism reside in your right prefrontal cortex along with other important aspects of your personality.  And while you might rationalize that that is just the way you are, you certainly don’t want to encourage those negative tendencies.  Your brain is plastic you see, which means that the more you practice negative thinking, the better you get at it.  Conversely, practicing a positive outlook will eventually make that easier too.  Either way, how you think will come to pass.


It’s more common than you might realize to live in a way that erodes the function of your right prefrontal cortex till you can’t see a good idea even when it bumps you in the nose.    I’m sure you’ve met people who need exactly the kind of help that’s available but won’t take it because they don’t think it will work.  That’s a lack of faith, hope and belief coming from a weakening frontal cortex.  The folks that really need help, aren’t available for it.  It’s really a shame.


When you think about your outlook on life, do you find it improving or decaying?


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  1. shirleyan rozniak says
    Dec 10, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Thanks for this Dr. Lees. It's very easy for me to get down this time of year, less sun, more work, all that. So I will watch what I say to my brain.

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