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Neutralizing Bad Memories


It’s a frustrating flaw in the human mind; during times of reflection, negative or awkward memories resurface to bully us like a street gang. How can we fight them back and sleep or meditate in peace? Science and spirituality each have an answer.

A 2010 study found that refocusing on different aspects of the memory, such as clothes or people in the room, helps the brain recategorize the nasty memory from emotion-based to data-based and easily forgotten.

Thich Nhat Hanh recommends we picture our past self as a child, and give ourselves a hug in comfort and forgiveness.

– Chris Butsch, The Millennial’s Guide to Making Happiness

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