The Power of Positivity and the Brain

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We love feeling good. Our day seems brighter, tasks more manageable, and nothing can get in the way when we are optimistic. Positivity increases our self-confidence. It is why we take risks. The power of positivity drives us to find the good in others. A feel good attitude generates from the neurons in our brain. To understand the effect positive and negative feelings have on our mindset, we need to know how our brain functions. Our brain controls our emotions in the amygdala. The amygdala regulates and responds to positive emotions like joy or negative emotions like anxiety or depression.

Positive thinking changes the chemistry of the brain, affecting markers, and it can change brain cells. The change of genetic traits is a catalyst for our wellbeing and for future generations. Positive thinking is also associated with an increase in cells that boost your immune system. Essentially, positive energy is a soldier that protects your mind and body from harmful influences. Healthy emotions create a buffer and can suppress negative emotions such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Our brain’s chemistry affects how we feel. Cortisol decreases when we think happy thoughts or feel joy and the brain creates serotonin in response to our positive emotions.

When serotonin levels are normal, one feels happy and calm, less anxious, more focused, and emotionally stable. Positive emotions impact the brain’s prefrontal cortex located in the front of the brain. When the prefrontal cortex is activated, there’s an increase in activity and zeal. The increase in positivity establishes heightened mental reactions such as creative thinking, intellectual adaptability, and an increase in the brain’s capacity to process information. Our attention span is increased and we think in terms of sort of we, instead of just me. The prefrontal cortex is essential in mind-body connection.

All of our brain functions come together in that prefrontal cortex and then they are spread out throughout the body. Think of the prefrontal cortex as sort of like the internet. When we want to know something, we use a search engine, our prefrontal cortex. The search engine takes the question or information and begins to search the internet. The signals, or neurons in this case, scour for information and send it back whenever it finds something.

Once the information is presented on the search results screen, you have the opportunity to reflect. The disbursement of neurons also helps you control your emotions, your focus, and realize your thought process. The article “How Does Positive Thinking Affect Neuroplasticity?” outlines how positive thinking affects our brain. First, the synopsis. The areas connecting our neurons together increase, in turn increasing mental productivity by improving cognition. Secondly, it intensifies our ability to pay attention. Third, it improves the ability to think and analyze incoming data. Number four, it enhances the ability to solve problems quickly and enhances creativity.

Yes, the benefits of positive thinking are numerous. We find happiness in our lives and those around us when we engage in positive thinking. Make your brain happy and start thinking positive today. Wanna learn more about your brain and how it functions? Call and schedule your brain map today.

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January 25, 2023