In order to help people understand how to find a greater sense of well-being Professor Paul Gilbert simplifies the complex workings of the mind into three brain systems that regulate three different types of emotion:
For me, the mind is the hardest part of myself to still. Whatever activity we choose to help turn on the contentment system, an awareness of our thought patterns will be important. An anxiety provoking, negative or over stimulating train of thought will probably diminish the beneficial effects of our contentment seeking efforts. Sometimes we need help to sort out what is going on in our mind. Sometimes we need a support group to help us engage in contentment seeking activities. I think that seeking out the support we need for our well-being is courageous and worthwhile.