Happiness, the Brain and Survival

Happiness and the mind

This blog is the final blog in our series on happiness

Our brains are wired to prioritise our survival over happiness.  Throughout evolution, humans have become predisposed to focus on potential threats and negative experiences as a means of self-preservation. This makes sense.  However, this negativity bias can overshadow positive emotions and make it challenging to sustain feelings of happiness. Yet, our modern world is replete with images of happy people, social media is saturated with this.  We also now have so much, yet this gap between what we wish for and the way our brain processes information, means many people are prone to feeling terribly unhappy.

The transient nature of happiness means that it’s often fleeting.  Moments of joy can quickly give way to periods of discontent. The human condition is characterised by a constant fluctuation of thoughts and emotions, we are not in control as much as we like to think we are of our minds.

Our quest for happiness is fraught with challenges from both internal and external factors. Additionally, unresolved psychological issues, such as trauma, depression, or anxiety, can hinder one’s ability to be happy and live a fulfilling life. Addressing these underlying issues is essential in the pursuit of lasting contentment. 

Finally, to experience greater satisfaction and happiness in our lives we need to focus upon creating this.  We need to cultivate wellbeing through practice and deliberate attention.  Slowing down and practicing being content with what is, rather than what is missing. Meditation, gratitude and compassion are key aspects on this path.   

Working with the mind is at the heart of wellbeing.   At the Centre for Clinical Psychology, we understand this.  We also know trauma therapy and are skilled in the treatment of PTSD.  We can help you with depression and anxiety.  We can also support you to find greater peace and wellbeing.   To speak with one of our psychologists, call to book an appointment 03 9077 0122 or book online at www.ccp.net.au.