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The Beauty of Appreciation

How to Interrupt the Downward Spiral of Survival-Based Thinking

By Marcy Axness, Ph.D.



Until recently, our survival throughout human history has depended on remembering every detail of how we survived threatening events. However, in order to thrive in the twenty-first century and beyond, we need to prioritize the positives of human experience— gratitude, appreciation, and connection. Our attitude and focus create a subconscious template of perception that filters the millions of incoming bits of life's information and captures those bits that match our initial proposition. Can you see how quickly this becomes a feedback loop, spiraling either up or down? This article offers some proven ways to interrupt that loop if it's spiraling downward.


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