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You 2.0: Make the Good Times Last

Hidden Brain

Hidden Brain Media

Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Performing Arts

4.639.3K Ratings

🗓️ 28 August 2023

⏱️ 48 minutes

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Sorrows have a way of finding us, no matter how hard we try to avoid them. Joys, on the other hand, are often hard to notice and appreciate. This week, we continue our conversation with psychologist Fred Bryant about the science of savoring, and how to make the most of the good things in our lives.

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This is Hidden Brain, I'm Shankar Vedanta.


Psychologist Fred Bryant studies a tragedy that affects millions of people around the world.


Most of our lives are filled with ample examples of joy and sorrow,


but many of us preferentially focus on what is wrong.


In our last episode, we examine how many of us say we want to be happy, but spend much of our lives focused on things that make us unhappy.


We pay attention to aches and pains, but take our bodies for granted when we are healthy.


We complain about unpleasant coworkers and nasty neighbors, but don't talk much about the


kind souls we know at work and in our communities.


When good things happen to us, we wonder how they could be better.


If you miss that episode, I strongly recommend you listen to it first.


It has a number of important insights.


We examined how sorrows have a way of finding us,


no matter how hard we try to avoid them.


Joy's on the other hand don't come knocking.


We have to find them, and when we do, we need to learn a number of mental skills


to notice and savor them.


Today on the show, Part 2 of our mini series on the science of savoring.


How you can deploy your mind to make yourself a happier person


this week on Hidden Brain. You've heard the phrase when life hands you lemons make lemonade. The advice tells us,


make the best of a bad situation. Look on the bright side. Fred Bryant's mother, Mary Lee, was an


expert at looking on the bright side, and she was a master when it came to savoring the pleasure in joyful experiences.


She understood that savoring is a process that can begin long before the joyful thing happens.


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