What Are You Thinking About?

Posted in Inspiration
on February 27, 2017

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.

 

  • I am in love with your re-brand, Emerald! Thank you for sharing this post on positive thoughts, perfect timing in my life. xo

  • Emerald @ Pink Balloons

    Thank you for taking the time to read the post Camille and also for the compliment on the rebrand. I’ve always loved your site, it’s so fun, feminine and magical! 🙂

  • I didn’t realize that our brains reacted in such a way when we’re stressed! Stress is something my friends and I always talk about – all the time. There is *always* someone amongst our group that is feeling tired, overwhelmed, etc.

  • I always knew that stress is so harmful to one’s health. I had no idea just how it happens. This is a very interesting realization. It’s awesome that someone can improve their intelligence by just doing some simple emotional practices!

  • Stockpiling Moms

    It is so true! Last week I allowed stress to get the best of me. I ended the week at Urgent Care with strep throat. I literally allowed stress to overcome me to the point of illness. Friday I spent the day in bed sleeping and with the medication and the grace of God I am feeling much better.

  • Stephanay Jnote

    Positivity is so important. It keeps your head full of possibilities and keeps you engaged. It makes you feel confident at moving forward. It makes you feel like you can go on and with a happy center.

  • I definitely let stress get to me sometimes. I know that it effectsme but had no idea how much. It looks like I’ll be adding this book, Switch On Your Brain to my must read list. Thanks!

  • Thinking positive thoughts can work wonders. Even when I’m in the worst of moods, I force myself to think of positive things, and truly lightens my mood!

  • I was talking to my PCP once and he told me something that you can always rely on in life, whether it’s a positive (new job) or a negative (death in family, etc) is stress. Such an important reminder of the toll stress takes on our psyche and to slow down to be the best we can be.

  • I’m always on the lookout for a good read. I’m a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. It’s so important and makes literally all the difference. I’ll definitely check out this book and put it on my reading list.

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