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Why Is Gratitude So Difficult, Yet Outrage So Easy?

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'The reason lies deep within our brain which hasn’t evolved much from when humans were fine-tuned to sniff out a simple shift in the wind that could signal a serious situation. Most of the time the threat wasn’t there, but the high alert meant the difference between survival or death. But now there’s much more information to process on a daily basis. However, that firehose of information still gets funneled through the amygdala. I s it any wonder then that with our daily work/life stress combined with the constant onslaught of horrific headlines of mass shootings & sexual assault, outrage dominates our consciousness?  We don’t think to be grateful because we’re often too preoccupied thinking about what has recently gone wrong.” Centuries of brain conditioning is tough to overcome, but some professionals explain how  to combat it by focusing on  being empathetic .'

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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