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Tricks your own brain plays on you


You know that 90s song “My own worst enemy”? Turns out there may be truth to the song. Dumb Little Man gives twelve examples of ways that our own brains play tricks on us. Here are just two:

If I just had…

Our minds deceive us into thinking we’ll be happy when we get the right job or the right house or the right car or whatever. There is nothing wrong with wanting better things or circumstances, but these do not automatically make us happy. They may create a temporary high, but this quickly wears off. Those wanting a lasting happiness must acknowledge that this is a bottomless pit that we can never fill.

I like things just the way they are and never want them to change

Believing this is just letting yourself be set up for a fall. Life is a journey of constant change. Some of which we control and some we don’t. Resisting change or trying to control the change out of life is self-defeating. It will drain you and rob you of your happiness. Change is inevitable. You must accept this and learn to go with the flow. Being adaptable is very important to your happiness.

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