Flashcards in Talk 3 Deck (14):
Intro part 1 - out of a gun
Proverbs - objective moral values & duties
King Solomons quote
Heard this expression before? The book of proverbs is a collection of collections relating to a pattern of life in biblical wisdom tradition that raises questions of objective moral values and duties. King Solomon is the one credited with this quote here, and in fact the full quote reads "A cheerful heart is like good medicine, and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones"
Intro part 2 - smart shoes
3000 yr statement
Now even though the jury is still out with regard to the historicity of this opulent king, and his apparent $3 Trillion fortune, I find this supposedly 3000 year old statement to be really intriguing with its referred correlation between emotions and physical health. upon further inspection it actually becomes more interesting as there now seems to be a growing amount of validity that is connecting well-being with thoughts and emotions - It turns out that the mental and emotional components are vital to our state of being than what we may have thought.
Intro part 3 on a tree
Lets go a little deeper and look at 3 keys of understanding which are:
Understand the impact of stress on your body
Undo your negative bias
Re-define your success formula
Point 1 A
So what happens when we are stressed? well you have what is called this physiological stress response.
Hormones are released from your stress center, your adrenal glands release cortisol and adrenaline AND then
Chemicals like epinephrine are released from nerve endings,
also impact your thyroid, breathing, heart-rate, blood pressure and digestion.
Point 1 B
Science is showing us that your emotions are actually energy in motion as they are chemical reactions in your body, - When our energy is resistant because of fear based emotions, it triggers this physiological stress response, and so you have this cascade of chemicals that overrunning your adrenal glands and increasing the risk of chronic pain and illness,
Point 1 C
But if stress is related to sickness, could the opposite be true?
A recent study found that positive emotions such as love, joy, generosity, gratitude and wonder had the opposite effect - low levels of these inflammatory proteins were found in those carrying these positive emotions.
Point 1 Transition
Further studies show that generous people have fewer health problems, grateful people enjoy enhanced quality of sleep, and these emotional states of happiness are also shown to increase self esteem and decrease anxiety and depression,
Laughter also releases endorphin's which is up to 500x more effective at eliminating pain than morphine.
But what are some of the main obstacles to a happier state of mind?
Point 2 A
well lets talk about this negative bias One of the most fascinating human traits for me is that even though we understand intuitively that negativity hinders us, we still however seem to carry a negative bias around with us every single day.
But in some ways this should come as no surprise when we consider that we have this inbuilt will to survive, and so this leads us to be more attentive to the negative than the positive. Research shows that negative events are 3x more powerful than positive ones - and that negative reinforcement leads to faster learning, hence this negative bias.
perhaps this is one reason why in the media industry there is a saying "if it bleeds, it leads"
Point 2 B
but recent studies have shown that the reality is that we actually experience positive emotions much more often than negative ones in our everyday lives, but due to this negative bias we actually need roughly 5 times more positive stimulus in our life to counteract the negative bias that we are prone to overemphasize.
Point 2 Transition
One of the first things to think about in adjusting our lens is redefining this culturally formed success formula that is to say:
Point 3 A
- Redefine our success formula
".. that if i work harder, i will be more successful and if i am more successful i will be happier."
This under-girds the way we lead, the way we parent and how we motivate our behavior.
but the problem it is that is scientifically broken and backward for 2 reasons
Point 3 B
- everytime you have a success, your brain shifts the goal posts to what success really looks like - so its never good enough. if happiness is on the other side of success, your brain never gets there.
- our brains work in the opposite direction.
SO if you raise your happiness levels in the present, your brain experiences what is called a "happiness advantage" That is to say that your brain when positive performs significantly better than it does when it is neutral, negative or stressed.
Point 3 C
your brain at positive is 31% more productive than at negative neutral or stressed,
Dopamine doesn't only make you happier, it turns on all the learning centres in your brain, allowing yourself to adapt to the world in a different way-
studies have found that 75% of job success is related to optimism levels, social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat,
and only 25% related to IQ, this happiness advantage is something that we should all be aware of in our day to day work.