Some believe that people are being facetious when they tell them to “think positive.” It’s been said a million times but we often struggle with it all the same. Somehow, we believe that by factoring every possible outcome of a situation that we are being a “realist,” or protecting ourselves, but quite the opposite is true. Thinking positive not only makes us more pleasant to be around, it physically changes our brains. Thoughts are physical things that occupy mental real estate. Thinking negatively is akin to spreading an infection throughout your brain.
I don’t often talk about the books I’m reading on my blog unless I feel they are worth mentioning.
Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book “Switch on Your Brain,” is an enlightening read. She’s a cognitive neuroscientist with over 30 years’ experience studying and researching the mind and brain connection.
-Although technical in nature, Dr. Leaf writes about the brain’s ability to change in a relatable way.
-She teaches exactly how to alter traumatic or bad memories by implementing a 5-step process.
– Explains at length how much how we think not only affects our lives but alters our physical brain and thinking processes.
-When you’re stressed, your brain shuts down several parts and only activates the part that it needs to protect itself. There’s no way you’re producing your best work when you’re stressed because you don’t have access to all the parts of your brain.
Whereas scientist believed in the past that we were all born with a set level of intelligence and skill, neuroplasticity proves that a person can become more intelligent and overcome weaknesses through consistently being positive in their thoughts and actions. Many of the sicknesses we face are because of stress. Stress weakens our immune system and makes it harder to fight off diseases.
So, the next time someone tells you “think positive,” remember that good things really do happen when we consider the good in our lives.