Welcome to this edition of the Weekly Circle—where we start the week with a few ideas that make us think.
This week, we’re thinking about Surprises. Tania Luna put it well:
You have to train your brain to be more comfortable accepting surprise, and by that I also mean surprise readiness—being comfortable with uncertainty, ambiguity and change. Especially these days, that’s an incredibly important skill.
Surprises hijack our brains into the present moment. It actually causes us to freeze for 1/25th of a second, triggering our brains to generate extreme curiosity, you know to try and figure out what's going on. Then your perspective shifts. If you weren't expecting to be surprised or receive a gift, and you were just surprised, you'll have to change the way you think about them and possibly even your whole relationship. Makes sense, because when we're surprised, for better or for worse, our emotions intensify up to 400% causing this shift to happen.
We'd love to hear from you!
When was the last time you were surprised, either positively or negatively? What happened? How did you feel? 😲
🎧 Surprise! Why the Unexpected Feels Good, and Why It's Good For Us - Founder of Surprise Industries Tania Luna breaks down surprises on wNYC.
A few things for you to click on:
📖 Science explains why surprise brings us pleasure - Mindfulness, energy, delight. All in one.
📖 Why Humans Need Surprise - Both the good and bad kind makes us better people.
That's all for this week! I hope you have an amazing week ahead filled with some pleasant surprises.
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