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Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity (Photo credit: gever tulley)

In my opinion, there is no unhappier person than one who can’t handle changes and (to go along with this) who can’t make timely decisions.  There is time when we get older when we should makes some decisions about our life which then would lead to changes.   It is good to know what you like but this shouldn’t  keep you from trying new things.  Children experience new things all the time and change what they do because of this.  There is no time limit on this as the brain keeps changing as we learn new things.  In science, this is called neuroplasticity.

Jane Fonda in her book, Prime Time, talks about doing a life history as a way of  seeing ourselves in a new way.  It shows what paths we took and where they led us.  Then we can decide if we want to make changes in our life.  For example, a woman discovers that she has always needed a man in her life (she has not felt self-sufficient) and she has gone from one relationship to another adjusting the way she acts and sometimes thinks to be a better fit in each new relationship and has lost her real self along the way.

If you bend, you might not break.  No one can count on everything going their way even if they know they are right and that’s the way it should be.  We can have comfortable routines but if we can not keep them,  we shouldn’t explode with negative affect like anger, tears, nd/or even rage.

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