How Positive Thinking Re-Wires Your Brain…….Literally
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The power of positive thinking and positive affirmations should be as popular as Facebook or Apple Inc. but sadly this is not the case. Not yet anyways.
Every day more doctors, psychiatrists, spiritual leaders etc. are discovering the miracles that positivity provides. Here’s a quick in-depth 5 min video explaining how you can literally re-wire your brain.
As a person who has struggled with anxiety and depression I know this to work. Simply talking to yourself in a positive way can make you feel better. Forever!
About 5 years ago I had my first anxiety attack and it scared the living hell out of me. I had no idea what was going on. My heart was pounding. I was short of breath. I couldn’t focus on anything besides the fear that I was literally about to have a heart attack and die.
I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I am a fairly healthy guy and take damn good care of myself. What the hell was going on?
I didn’t know at the time but my mind was so addicted to negative thinking that it was building all sorts of negative energy inside myself.
It is human nature to do this due to the fact that we are constantly in survival mode and we always seem to focus on the negative.
But you can change this.
I’ve done it.
I started reading and reading and reading and reading.
Self-help book after self-help book. I have read hundreds.
Now I’m not claiming to be an expert here but I do have a lot of experience in this field and have dramatically changed how I look at things and more importantly how I think about things.
Our brains are already wired the way we have trained them to think throughout our years of living. The neuropathways are already there.
All you have to do is change the message.
But this is easier said then done. It will take time, commitment and most of all patience within yourself in order to do this. I know!
By simply repeating over and over again to yourself “I am Happy” your brain will eventually believe it. And you will feel it.
Leave sticky notes around. Everywhere. On the bathroom mirror, in your vehicle, even try putting reminders in your phone giving yourself self-praise.
It works I promise.
Also, another huge benefit of thinking positive is that it makes you smarter.
By simply relaxing and being happy in the present moment and getting excited about the future (even if its hard work) it relieves stress and gives you positive energy you need to focus on your goals, interests and dreams.
You don’t have to take my word for it though. Check out this Amazon review on
“The Happiness Advantage.”
“Our most commonly held formula for success is broken. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we’ll be happy. If we can just find that great job, win that next promotion, lose those five pounds, happiness will follow. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.
In The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happiness and potential at Harvard and others at companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 42 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.
Isolating seven practical, actionable principles that have been tried and tested everywhere from classrooms to boardrooms, stretching from Argentina to Zimbabwe, he shows us how we can capitalize on the Happiness Advantage to improve our performance and maximize our potential. Among the principles he outlines:
• The Tetris Effect: how to retrain our brains to spot patterns of possibility, so we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.
• The Zorro Circle: how to channel our efforts on small, manageable goals, to gain the leverage to gradually conquer bigger and bigger ones.
• Social Investment: how to reap the dividends of investing in one of the greatest predictors of success and happiness—our social support network
A must-read for everyone trying to excel in a world of increasing workloads, stress, and negativity, The Happiness Advantage isn’t only about how to become happier at work. It’s about how to reap the benefits of a happier and more positive mind-set to achieve the extraordinary in our work and in our lives.”
This professor @Harvard University (Shawn Achor) conducted a study over the course of many years. His question he asked himself was this “What is the difference between the top 10% of students at Harvard University and the rest of them?”
They are all obviously brilliant young minds with extraordinary skills, so what sets them apart?
His survey over 10 years concluded this………….
Each and every one of them were happy and had a positive outlook on life!
Check out his book here!
So remember, be like Peter Pan and think “Happy Thoughts“.
You won’t regret it.
Neither will your wallet.
Humbly written by Chris McDaniel