Novel events are indeed more stimulating to our dopamine receptors.

Our brains are also wired with a negativity bias. A substantial one.

It takes five positive events to override the impact of one negative.

With self-awareness, commitment, and lots of practice executing cognitive overrides, we can break out of the compulsion to focus on the negative/devalue the positive.

Habitual catastrophizing is a habit worth breaking.

Mama, writer, lover, fighter — I wear my heart on my sleeve because my pants pockets are too small.