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141. The Truth Behind Your Thoughts And How to Calm Your Mind (encore)

As you may know, we're still adventuring through The Roots of Resilience (laid out in one of Dr. Emmons book, The Chemistry of Calm). In this episode, we're working on our fourth root, "Calming the Mind." We'll hit on some key insights and strategies that include: Realizing we're thinking and that many of our thoughts are false, embracing the skill of learned optimism, stepping into the role of our observing self, and how we can get more comfortable venturing into our inner-world. And bonus: Head over to our NMH community for a Calm Mind Meditation to put this conversation into practice: https://www.naturalmentalhealth.com/community-sign-up 


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Key moments:

00:00 Welcome to Joy Lab

00:46 Introducing the Elements of Joy: Hope and Resilience

01:00 A Personal Story: The Power of Our Thoughts

01:58 Challenging Our Beliefs: The Truth Behind Our Thoughts

03:04 The Internet as Our Collective Brain: Navigating Truth and Reality

06:53 Optimism vs. Pessimism: The Impact on Our Mental Health

09:21 The Power of the Observing Self: Gaining Freedom from Our Thoughts

14:57 Unplugging Negative Thoughts: Strategies for a Calm Mind

17:33 Joining the Joy Lab Community: A Call to Action

18:33 Closing Thoughts on Resilience: Wisdom from Alan Watts


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  • Free Resilience Quiz and free Mini-CourseBased on decades of clinical experience, we've created a model of resilience that is both helpful and practical. True to our approach at Natural Mental Health, we start with strengths. You'll identify these strengths in your Resilience Type. Your Resilience Type highlights your unique strengths, what fuels your joy, what keeps you in balance, and the lifestyle practices that most nourish you. After you find your Resilience Type, sign up for your free mini-course to receive tailored lifestyle practices (e.g., foods to eat more of, ideal forms of exercise, supplements, and mindfulness activities) that can support your mood, resilience, and overall wellbeing.
  • Chemistry of Calm (Dr. Emmons' book referenced in this series)
  • Learned Optimism (Seligman book)
  • Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind (this is the study of people shocking themselves out of boredom)
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