Using Your Brain in Matters of the Heart

The human brain evolved with what has been called a negativity bias. This means that we are far more inclined to notice what is wrong than to appreciate what is right. When it comes to relationships, this can be disastrous. Because of this, resentments small and large can easily build up, while we fail to notice what is good in the other person and in the relationship. But there is good news. The good news is that this tendency of the brain can be modified. We can train our negatively inclined brain to notice what is good. This aspect is called neuroplasticity, and while it is an effortful process, it is one we can do. With this difficulty in mind, I think that what matters most in re

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