That was really good, Joule.
I wonder if anxiety is synthesized misery?
That's interesting to know that anxiety and happiness come from different parts of the brain. Fascinating to learn more about what is involved.
I think I can count the number of times I have been able to switch my anxiety right off, and believe I can beat it. It is like my mind is buzzing, perhaps because I am using a different part of it. I call that voice my guide, the helpful voice- hello pre-frontal cortex! Thanks for your help.
It seemed to me that anxiety is synthesised because the flight or fight response is based on thoughts that aren't even real, or events that haven't happened yet. It is our minds making us miserable.
For me I feel happiness only briefly usually and it doesn't last, and if I try told hold onto it happiness disappears. I think the limbic system also plays a big part too, triggered by memory and emotion. Sometimes I get overwhelmed by happiness, or sadness completely by surprise.
My anxiety seems to be with me 24/7, or when ever I am around people.
I going for a run I shall return to this.
The Role of the Brain in Happiness | Psychology Today
This article suggests that the left pre frontal cortex is more active in those that are happy, and the right pre frontal is more active in those that are sad.
It makes sense that when I have been happy, or switched my anxiety off, that the sensation of my mind buzzing, could be my rarely used left pre frontal cortex getting a long overdue workout.
Of course with any science, the answer to any question is usually more complex when properly researched. The brain is complex, happiness probably involves a complex interaction of the brain and limbic system.