What we think determines what we believe! Rewiring our brain and thought process can positively transform our life. Let’s explore how.
Mastering your own emotions unlocks the ability to positively influence your current & future actions to live a more productive & healthier lifestyle. We can’t control every negative event; however we can control how we react.
Positive thinking vs negative thinking is an interesting comparison as it forces us to evaluate our own mindset, find meaningful reasons to move forward and re-focus our daily intentions.
The reality is, happiness in your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
How Does Positivity Affect the Brain?
So, what is positive thinking & how does it affect our brain? Our brain is primarily built for survival. However, when we think positively, we feel good about situations, life and ourselves, this in turn allows our bodies to release hormones like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins.
Every thought we think of impacts the release chemicals in the brain. For example, when positive thoughts are generated i.e. when you feel happy or optimistic, cortisol decreases and the brain produces serotonin, creating a feeling of well-being.
When serotonin levels are normal, one feels happy, calmer, less anxious, more focused and more emotionally stable.
Dopamine is also a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward system and pleasure centre.
The Power of Positive Thinking
You hold an incredible power to truly change your life. Here is the process to think more positive and to be mindful in your approach.
If you change the way you think, you will change the way you feel.
If you change how you feel you will change your behaviour.
If your behaviour changes, so do your actions!
If you change your actions, you change your outcome!
Difference Between Happiness and Optimism
Before we explore the difference between positive thinking vs side effects of negative thinking, lets explain the difference between happiness and optimism.
Happiness is an emotion or can be described as a feeling, Optimism is a strong belief about the future and how we perceive.
Good news, if you’re generally a half empty glass type of person, you can change your mindset and learn positive thinking skills. Research suggests our brain has the capability to form neural pathways just by thinking differently!
Positive Thoughts vs Negative Thoughts
5 Examples of Negative Thoughts
This always happens to me.
I never get the jobs I apply for.
I can’t lose weight.
I could never do that.
I will not go running today – it’s raining. I never have time!
5 Examples Positive Thoughts
What have I learned from this experience?
What could I do differently to get a better outcome?
I can do anything I put my mind to.
I will try something different and see if there is a difference.
Pushing my comfort zone will be exciting.
I look forward to new challenges.