Every thought releases some type of chemical in our brain. Positive thoughts do way more for us, than only make us feel good. It changes the way our brain works and makes us smarter, faster and mentally more alert.
Positive thinking decrease cortisol and increase our serotonin levels, the hormone which makes us feel good. Positive thoughts support brain growth, as well as the generation and reinforcement of new synapses, especially in your prefrontal cortex (PFC), which is the integration center of all of your brain-mind functions. Happy thoughts enhance mental functions such as:
- Creative thinking
- Cognitive flexibility
- The ability to think and analyze incoming data, through which we process everything faster
- The attention span and the ability to solve problems quicker.
Positive thoughts also change our perception and focus on more of the “we” instead of the “me”, through which the quality of our relationships naturally become better.
The PFC allows us to control our emotions and behaviour, it helps us to focus on whatever goals we choose to pursue and it gives us the ability to gain insight about our thought processes. It helps us grow as a human being, change what we wish to change, and live life the way we decide!
On the flip side of that, negative thoughts create cortisol and adrenalin, which make us feel stressed and anxious. When stressed or scared, it’s difficult to take in and process new things, think creatively and our brain can’t perform on high or even normal capacity. Negative thoughts slow down our brains, which makes it difficult to process thoughts and find solutions. They hinder our creative ability and impacts the left temporal lobe, which is responsible for our fear system. Our fear system affects our mood, memory and our impulse control. When our fear system is active, we tend to react emotionally, instead of acting thoughtful.
Positive thinking alone doesn’t change your life. In order to change your life you need to take action. But a positive mindset is the basis in order to get active and make things happen!