How Positive Thinking Affects Your Brain and Well-being

“Those who learn to jump the hurdles of life swiftly. Those who don’t learn suffer. The choice is yours.” 

– My beloved Guru, Prem Nirmal

During one of my counselling sessions, I encountered a 21-year-old client who shared a story that I found very uplifting. Allow me to share the story with you from the young girl’s perspective. It goes like this:

Around six weeks ago, I lounged on my sofa as I relaxed, enjoying a moment. I had been busy for a few days in a row. A wedding in my close family prompted a celebratory atmosphere in our home. Meanwhile, my grandmother diligently prepared her master dish of Gajar ka Halva for all of us. The scene filled us with warmth and familial joy.

However, our world was shattered when my father received a distressing call from the hospital.

The sombre news loomed over us: my grandmother had been diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer. Just a week earlier, she had complained of difficulty swallowing, leading to a visit to the hospital and subsequent tests, and therefore revealing the grim diagnosis.

With no prior history of cancer in our family, the news hit us like a ton of bricks. 

The once vibrant woman who had been serving us, Halva, was now facing a dire prognosis. Acceptance seemed impossible. In a desperate bid for hope, I scoured the internet- Clicking past the first page of Google results to the ninth page. There, buried among countless links, was a story from a Cancer hospital somewhere in America- A tale of feat over Esophageal Cancer.

It was the lifeline I had been seeking.

Summoning all my resolve, I uttered a simple phrase to my grandmother: “Amma, you don’t give up on life, and we won’t give up on you. We will overcome this.”

She clung to that one twinkle of hope despite a thousand reasons why success seemed unlikely. After a valiant battle, she passed away. She was a woman of unmatched strength. Her stories will be cherished and recounted to me and my children.

When the young girl concluded,

I could feel the bittersweet feelings across while comforting her. It was somewhere between crying and laughing in the face of adversity.

I found this tragic incident radiating strength beyond comprehension.

They say where there’s a will, there’s a way.

But above that, from my scientific and healer perspective, I appreciate the condition of her mind. She had everything in her control, and when it wasn’t, she let it go. Her mind played a significant role in handling the trauma as well as allowing her to cope with the loss

Studies, including my personal experiences and research on the power of positive thinking, directly impact the brain through neuroplasticity.

Your brain is an expert puppeteer.

Once it catches your thoughts, It boosts neurotransmitters that reduce stress, build resilience and improve decision-making. I have seen cases where practising positivity led to a happier and healthier life. It majorly shaped the brain’s structure and function for the better.

When you think positively, your brain releases these excellent chemicals called dopamine and serotonin.

How Positive Thinking Lowers Cortisol Levels

They counteract the effects of the stress hormone cortisol. Your brain creates even better thoughts to try to lower your stress meters

. “Chill out, everything’s gonna be okay!” 

Positivity flips the switch on your parasympathetic nervous system. So, instead of being stuck in “fight or flight” mode, you can kick back and relax, buddy. Next time you stress about life, I need you to focus on the good stuff. It can make those negative thoughts disappear.

Well, it’s not a coincidence. Positive thinking interrupts that stress cycle to help you feel more at ease. One, you start swapping stress for smiles. Your brain and body will high-five you for choosing positivity!

Building Mental Strength Through Positive Outlooks

Positivity breeds more positivity!

Although it does not happen overnight- Instead of seeing obstacles as roadblocks, you start seeing them as opportunities.

When you get roses for your special one, you don’t consider the thorns a problem, right? That’s precisely what happens. The thorns are still there, but you only give importance to the beauty of the flower.

Train your brain to find the silver lining, find gratitude in the little things, and keep those negative thoughts to the curb. Simple things like a warm cup of coffee, a friendly chat with a colleague, or basking under the winter sun during your lunch break reinforce a more optimistic outlook.

stop being overly critical of yourself, and acknowledge your mistakes as a part of being human with a kinder inner dialogue. Visualize, and you can turn aspirations into reality.

The Impact of Positive Thinking on Social Interactions

Actively seek positive influences through friendships, online communities, or inspirational content. Plus, the point is that positive thinking helps you see the best in others. You’re more likely to appreciate people for who they are and find common ground

Seriously! Your vibe becomes infectious, drawing people toward you like moths to a flame (but in a good way!)

. Next time you’re gearing up for a social outing, sprinkle that positivity pepper everywhere; you never know whose day you’ll brighten up.

Positive Thinking and its Influence on Overall Well-being

Positivity is contagious. When you’re all sunshine and rainbows, you create a ripple effect of happiness. Try looking on the bright side rather than seeing the glass as half empty. 

It’s a win-win. Your mind, body, and soul will thank you for it!

So, let’s make a pact: starting today, you promise me to be grateful and nurture positive self-talk and mindset. Whatever it is, take that first step together towards a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life. Remember, positivity is infectious, and I give you the responsibility to spread those good vibes far and wide.

So, are you in? Let’s do this

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