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Your Neurochemical Self

Getting real with a 200-million-year-old brain by Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D.

Ten Ways to Stay Positive During the Holidays

Going negative is effortless but positivity is a skill you can learn

Published on December 1, 2014 by Loretta Graziano Breuning, Ph.D. in Your Neurochemical Self

1. Notice the social comparisons your mind makes.
Social comparisons upset us, yet our minds keep going there. That's because our brains are inherited from ancestors who had to make social comparisons to survive. When you recognize your own impulse to compare, you're less hooked by the thought that others are judging you. Each time you catch yourself making a social comparison, you can choose to focus elsewhere.

2. Avoid the news.
The constant blast of negativity is draining. You may be surrounded by media, but you don’t have to give it access to your brain. Learn to notice when you’re getting sucked in, and shift your focus to your own goals instead.

3. Prepare a positive topic.
Be ready to talk about something you feel good about. Find a relatable topic instead of showing off. You don't have to wait around for a positive topic to come up because you can take the risk of bringing one up yourself.

4. Find the good in others.
Some of the people in your holiday rounds will get on your nerves. Some of them will shoot down your positivity. If you focus on their flaws, you will miss out on the good. You have the power to find the good in interactions that might have annoyed you.

Read More: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201412/ten-ways-stay-positive-during-the-holidays


Christ Driven Behavior is all about the values of Jesus Christ- the Eight Beatitudes. The first step everyone should take when they need to find out who they are, is to look at their values, because living according to your values is what makes you happiest in life. If you start pulling away from your personal values, that is when you become really unhappy and discontent. Your values are the starting place for all your beliefs, actions and behaviors.


Your values may have become obscured during your drinking or drugging or compulsively adhering to hurts habits and hangups. In fact one of the reasons why you became so unhappy during that time is probably because you were living in a way that really didn't correspond with your values or how you wanted to live. Unless you value being helpless, trapped, lacking control, frustrated and sad, then I guess you were not living according to your values at all.  It is important that you get to your true values, because following them and living them is the very foundation of what will make you happy in life.










"I am a Surrendered Believer in Jesus Christ with Free Will and I CHOSE Surrender (Intelligent Delegation) in my victory over, “Recreational Chemical Abuse, my weekend, "False Idols."
"I chose DIRECT health assertive Christ Driven Behavior (CDB) instead of DISPLACED behavior in order to regain control over feeling helpless, powerless, trapped and lacking control. I changed my, "Thinking," and God changed my life."
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There is no reason why anyone with any hurt, habit, or hang up cannot be helped. The Person-God partnership simply needs to be more powerful than any hurt, habit or hangup.

Behind everything you do is a THOUGHT.

Every BEHAVIOR is motivated by a BELIEF.

Every ACTION is prompted by an ATTITUDE.


With respect to behavior, life is about, emotions, beliefs, thinking and control.

"A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."Proverbs 29:11 (Displaced Behaviors)

"Do not be conformed by this world but instead by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 (Direct Behavior)

When you think and empower yourself and surrender control to God, when you Intelligently Delegate Control to God (2 Corinthians 12:9-10),

God returns that control to you with a, “Helper," the Holy Spirit, (John 14:16) a form of Reciprocal Innervation.

You regain control: "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

No longer are you subject to corrupted displaced thinking but instead are transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).

This is where science and scripture intertwine, where Christ Driven Behavior brings, values, control, cause, character and purpose driven behavior, the fruits of the spirit Galatians 5:22-23 .

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.


Proverbs 29:11 "A fool vents all his feelings, But a wise man holds them back."

Romans 12:2: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

2 Corinthians 12-9:“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

John 14:16: "He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—"

Philippians 2:13: "for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure."

Galatians 5:22-23 "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Ephesians 4:22-23 "...put away the old person you used to be. Have nothing to do with your old sinful life. It was sinful because of being fooled into following bad desires. Let your minds and hearts be made new."

Life is about finding Purpose. When you have a, "Global Purpose," in life, healthy direct assertive thinking and behavior follow.

Change your thinking, change your life!

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