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DC Local Leaders Podcast


May 16, 2022

“𝐍𝐞𝐮𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐅𝐈𝐑𝐄 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫, 𝐖𝐈𝐑𝐄 𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫.”- Donald Hebb.

The Consistent and deliberate practice of Gratitude Practice is powerful enough to change the neurological make up of our Brain. 

WHY? - Hebbian Learning shows the discovery of Mirror neurons that give neuroscientific evidence Of Vicarious Activations; the neural substrates of our own actions are vicariously activated while witnessing the actions of others through vision or sound.

If we surround ourselves with People, Places and Things that cause us to experience Gratitude we will be neurologically shifted into more Gratitude. Likewise, if everything we see, hear, and experience is fear based and negative we will be neurologically shifted towards Resentment

HOW?  How then do we increase the frequency of these Vicarious activations in the Brain? By purposely building a consistent Gratitude practice. Hebbs research says that in order for one neuron to begin affecting the efficiency of another in a certain direction it needs to repeatedly (consistency) take part in firing (deliberate action or causality) the other.

simply put to the more gratitude we deliberately practice then the more we will begin to naturally experience Gratitude when not being deliberate.

WHAT? -  I have come to view Gratitude as a VERB and not a Noun. It must be Acted upon consistently towards the people, places and things for which we are grateful. This reinforces Gratitude and increases the capacity to identify things in my life large and small that I am grateful for.

Consistently starting my day with a Gratitude list without any minimum or maximum of items allows for a Jump Start to the Reticular Activating System (our Brains filter) to be on the lookout for more opportunities, people, places and things for which I can practice gratitude.

As experience these People, Places and Things I am purposely ingesting through sight and hearing (what we watch and What we listen to) things that generate a feeling of gratitude that cause these Neurons to Fire Together and Wire together creating more opportunities for Vicarious Activation.

Question for the Week

What direction are YOUR Vicarious Activations occurring in? 

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