Lesson 2: Your Brain Evolved for Survival, Not Happiness

The neurobiology of your Stone-age Tribe Brain thrives on tribe! Like food, shelter, sleep, or love, tribe is fundamental for your health and happiness. Tribe is an evolutionary product of the social brain—the fundamental idea that the human brain evolved to become a social organ that was key for organizing into tribes for the sake of survival, sustenance, and safety. More research in brain science and behavior reveals it is the lack of tribe that increases your risk for disease and death. When you lack tribe in your life, you experience social bankruptcy and emotional poverty. It is the eternal power of tribe that has always been the key behind your and humanity’s success story. It’s time we try; it’s time we tribe!

Watch videos on how stress sabotages your happiness and damages your health.

Video: Chronic Stress Can Damage Your Health

Video: How Chronic Stress Harms Your Body

Scientists believe that our brains have a built-in negativity bias. As we go about our daily lives, we may experience many enjoyable moments or experiences, but if we have one negative experience, our brains are hard-wired to remember and focus on the one thing that went wrong.

Article: Overcome your brain’s negativity bias

Three things you can begin to enact today to minimize stress and anxiety in your life.

  • Take five slow, deep breaths by inhaling through your nose, exhaling out through your mouth.
  • Take a 5-10 min. walk in nature with your cellphone on silent and put away.
  • Upon waking, be grateful for something or someone in your life.