NEGATIVITY BIAS AND THE UNHAPPY GENE
As the adjacent video explains, some scientists believe that humans are neurologically hardwired with what is referred to as a “negativity bias” (see related topics) based on fear, and our brains are designed to take in and register negative or fearful experiences more deeply than positive experiences.
RELATED TOPICS AND DEFINITIONS:
Addiction to violence and unhappiness
Transgenerational epigenetic inheritance
Subconscious and unconscious
In The How of Happiness, psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky writes about genetics and how 50% of an individual’s happiness is governed by the genes. Half of our genetic makeup can determine our happiness! In 2013, Psychological Science published findings about how some people with a genetic variation (ADRA2b deletion variant – the unhappy gene) are predisposed to seeing and experiencing the world more darkly than others. “A previous known genetic variation causes some individuals to perceive the world more vividly than others, in particularly negative aspects of the world.”
With such a large percentage of our happiness being dictated by our genes, understanding the negativity bias, and seeing that there are those amongst us who may have the “unhappy gene”, we are seeing how there’s more support for unhappiness being inherited, and not only that, but more than 95% of the time (within our habitual thoughts), we may not even be aware that we are on a hedonic treadmill of unhappiness.
From the video, you can see this means that the negativity bias is a transgenerational epigenetic inheritance (see definitions) that has been passed on for thousands of years, and is in our DNA and of the subconscious or unconscious levels of mind. See related topic for elaboration.
Another example of this hormonal roller coaster or unhappy hedonic treadmill is what we refer to as the “Thank God it’s Friday Syndrome”, where people are distressed all week (primarily with increased adrenalin and cortisol) and on Friday are relieved through outside stimuli. They are able to get their weekend dopamine (hormone) fix of “positive emotions” maybe through partying, shopping, gambling, sports, entertainment, religion, or the like. Then Monday rolls around and they feel distressed the rest of the week until Friday comes around again. Yay! Then it is time for another Thank God it’s Friday dopamine fix.
While we humble ourselves to the scientific theory that the baseline for the hedonic treadmill is happiness, according to our findings, there may be a probability that the baseline is of unhappiness. Once again, because the baseline of unhappiness is a subconscious program passed on for generations, most people are unaware of this and can mistakenly call it “happiness”. This may be why psychologists based their findings on the baseline of what they call happiness.
Governments, global corporations, and financial institutions love the hedonic treadmill because they can help create the fear-based epi (epigenetic) programming and social engineering through media, entertainment, news, and other means that help keep many people on the hedonic treadmill. They know that we will come to them for that spike of happiness through allowing them to control our social engineering, purchasing their consumer goods, taking their loans, consuming pharmaceutical drugs, and buying other “goodies”. They dangle these things in front of us claiming that by doing so, they will make us happier, which gives them more power over the regulation of happiness and unhappiness. The additional problem with this is that according to scientists, as these entities overdevelop products and humans overconsume them, the impact on our environment and other sentient beings is taking its toll to the extent of us now entering into the sixth mass extinction of our planet which is almost entirely caused by humans (see related topics).
THE BOTTOM LINE
The bottom line here is that regardless if you choose to agree or disagree with our findings or perceptions, you just need to awaken from your own social engineering of epi subconscious programming and ask yourself some things. Are you continuously happy and unhappy with the majority of your life being a struggle of distress and unhappiness? Do you find yourself seeking outside stimuli for your temporary so-called happiness? Your initial response may be “no” and that may truly be the case (as we’ve experienced before), but we ask that you observe your thoughts and behaviors for a few days (as objectively as you can), then ask yourself these questions again and see if you come up with the same answers. We think scientists are onto something with the hedonic treadmill, and although our results give us reason to be much more inclined to understand a baseline of unhappiness, this concept plays a major role in human behavior and needs to be brought to our conscious awareness throughout our lives.
"To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts." - Roger Ebert
“We would rather have peace than happiness, for one can be at peace without happiness but cannot be happy without peace. In other words you may not be happy about a life situation but you can be at peace.” - IamEPI.om
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It is a tremendous eye opener to understand that the majority of the time, we are inundated with the subconscious programming of 6 million negative thoughts and statements, an addiction to unhappiness, a negativity bias, the unhappy gene, anger, resentment, distress, and other epi programming that fuels our baseline of unhappiness most of the time. Because they are part of the subconscious and/or unconscious levels of mind, many people would be unaware of their adverse effects and contributions to their unhappiness that runs more than 95% of their lives. It may sound like a self-fulfilling prophecy and one may ask, “what’s the use in doing anything then?” While this material may paint a dark picture of a huge dark cloud, we want to assure you that there are solutions to help us see clearer skies or WAKEUP to the illusions of our subconscious mind that fuel the hedonic treadmill. Please join our ‘Ohana (online family) as we go deeper into seeing the light in this darkness.
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THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY SYNDROME
Now don’t get us wrong, as research shows, there is nothing wrong with dopamine. However, it is how we activate dopamine through the addiction to outside stimuli that can be aversive to our well-being.
ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE - NOT - THAT IT SHOULD BE YOURS OR ANYONE ELSE’S
WHY THIS MAY BE IMPORTANT TO YOU?
“According to the new insights of behavioral epigenetics, traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors’ past, leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA.” – Dan Hurlet award-winning science journalist Discover magazine
“The pattern — known as an epigenetic change because it affects the chemical marker for the gene rather than the gene itself — suggests that profound stress in the older generation translated into an adaptation that passed on to the next generation.”
- Dr. Rachel Yehuda, director of Mount Sinai’s Traumatic Stress Studies
According to cellular biologist, Dr. Bruce Lipton, epigenetics and neuroscience reveal that the subconscious level of mind, which is a reactive information processor, runs our behavior from 95-99% of the time, and the conscious level of mind dictates our behavior less than 5% of the time.
Make no mistake, the hedonic treadmill is a human experience that should not be denied. From where we stand, what determines your baseline is when you make your self-identification out of happiness or unhappiness. So, the question is, “are you going to live on its baseline of happiness or unhappiness?”
Rob and I (Keema) have unhappy experiences just like anyone else. The difference may be that we are aware of the hedonic treadmill and therefore stay awake to the epi programming and choose not to make our self-identity out of its baseline of unhappiness.
Therefore, you will hear us use the term hedonic treadmill with various topics, for if you can stop making your self-identification out of the baseline of unhappiness and stay within your God-Consciousness, then as a result, you can live in peace which results in happiness.
We also do not seek happiness, for that implies to the subconscious level of mind that we are not happy, and makes happiness a means to an end. In addition, we would rather have peace than happiness. Happiness is the result of inner peace! We may not be happy about a life situation, but we can be at peace with it, for peace can exist without happiness, but happiness cannot exist without peace.