Overcoming the Amygdala Part 95

Luck, fate, destiny, chance — these are what people often ascribe as the causes of fortuitous or unfortuitous outcomes. But outcomes can be determined to a large degree by the exercise of observation and reason.

All new discoveries are the end product of a sequence of logical investigative actions that begin with an ideal and a departure from that ideal. All rational knowledge depends on an ability to investigate, which in turn depends on an ability to dissociate from events long enough to observe and analyse.

When you look at your life as a whole you might find it quite overwhelming to have to find something that needs to be corrected in order to improve it overall. Many people just generalise that ‘My life is a mess’ or ‘I’m doing fine’, which doesn’t progress anything anywhere; many people fail to realise that anything can be progressed anywhere, through their own failure to project an ideal against which the current situation can be measured.

The way to speed up the whole process of observation is to eliminate areas one by one.

You can start off very simply by postulating as your ideal ‘A happier life’.

With this in mind, you can go through your daily activities and every connection in your contacts list and ask ‘Is this making me happier?’ ‘Happiness’ is of course a subjective measure — you’ll need some kind of defined statistic so that you don’t get yourself into a tangle of opinions and changeable ‘feelings’. Perhaps you can break down what you mean by happiness into units like ‘hours of relaxed time’ or ‘numbers of words written of the novel you’ve wanted to write for twenty years’ — you’ll need something measurable.

Observe, record, measure. Which things in your life are pointing towards happiness? Which are not?

By following up the things that are detracting from happiness — by measured statistics — you can arrive at the points which need to be addressed.

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