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Uncovering Happiness: The Natural Anti-Depressant Effects of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

Depression is the brain’s ultimate avoidance strategy.

For over 350 million people worldwide, it saps the ability to engage life and creates resistance around doing things that matter. Whether you want to work on a new project, get out and exercise, or sit and meditate – whatever it is that is in the direction of growth – the resistance of depression comes alive.

In Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, I explore some of the neuroscience behind what keeps a person stuck in a depressive loop and how to get unstuck. In the process, we discover a host of natural anti-depressants.

Not only can we create an anti-depressant brain, but we can also lay the tracks for a more enduring happiness.

Understanding how depression impacts the brain gives us clues about our natural anti-depressants. For example, studies have shown that a depressed brain has significantly more activity in the right prefrontal cortex than the left prefrontal cortex (PFC).

  1. The right side is associated with avoidance, negative emotions and stuckness.
  2. The left side is associated with approaching, positive emotions and resiliency.

Relapse prevention is about resiliency so . . .
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