The Science of Positivity
We are socially encouraged to monitor our behaviors both socially and situationally in hopes of gaining acceptance in the workplace, our social lives & communities. Underneath it all, we have a secret outlet - a place no one can access, tamper or inspect.
Neural chemistry explains how we can reap astounding social & professional benefits from favoring positive thoughts.
Millions of thoughts enter our brain each day, either supporting our nervous system or taxing it. Our thoughts are responsible for the release of various neurotransmitters. These chemicals guide our emotions and behaviors. When we think positive thoughts, our brains release endorphins & serotonin. These are our “feel good” chemicals responsible for giving us bursts of optimism, confidence, and drive.
Our neural network of the brain contains about 10 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each neuron connects with one another through a medium of roughly 10,000 synapses (varying depending on location).
Neural pathways work like leather shoes – the more you wear & tear, the softer they get & the better they fit.
This brings us to implicit memories. These are memories that do not carry a physical recollection; rather, a habitual kind of processing that makes up our behavioral routines, patterns and mannerisms.
A great example for this can be represented by the use of your dominant hand. You likely have zero memories or emotions associated with favoring a hand. However, without doubt, to this day you continue to write with your dominant hand. With time, and much patience, you could absolutely switch to write with your other hand.
We can choose to strengthen a non-dominant neural pathway.
This is known as neuroplasticity: our brain’s constructive ability to reconstruct new neural connections through disrupting existing patterns.
Now, think of applying this process to positive thinking. Our thoughts are controlled by felt sensations, emotions, and social conditioning. All of which we have influence over.
As conscious beings, we have the ability to contribute greatly to our mental health and wellness.
Try it, even for a day. See what happens.