I Saw My Brain!
Aristotle said “You are what you repeatedly do!” but….. what if you aren’t aware that what you’re doing is harmful? The truth is…. Your BRAIN is working at all times, and every thought you have (whether spoken or NOT) is traveling through your mind and firing the neurons in your brain.
SO…. ask yourself this question…..WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT?
We’ve all heard little quotes like “You are what you think about“ and “Thoughts become things“ a million times in the past…. BUT during my graduate studies these phrases became REAL.
I had the incredible opportunity to watch my thoughts registering on the screen in front of me while having an EEG. I witnessed 1st hand how my brain transmitting THOUGHTS into electrical signals.
So….. what does this have to do with YOU and what does this have to do with GRATITUDE? Let me tell you! Every thought we think is transmitted in our BRAINS through either an electrical or chemical signal.
When you have a negative thought (even one about yourself) the neurotransmitters in your brain are firing signals. Negative thoughts create stress, anxiety, frustration, depression, and sadness. Many of these signals are releasing a chemical called cortisol. The Mayo Clinic published a newsletter in 2016 stating chronic stressful thoughts alter your immune system, suppress the digestive system, increase blood pressure and increase sugars into the bloodstream. On the other hand, GRATITUDE and mindful thoughts do the exact opposite. Thoughts of GRATITUDE increase the blood flow and activity to the hypothalamus (which is the Master part of the hormone center of your Brain). Grateful thoughts increase our “feel-good” hormones like serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine. These chemicals are linked to dozens of benefits to both our bodies and our minds.
Research shows the average person has about 50,000 thoughts per day, and approximately 60-80% of those thoughts are negative. Most people have NO IDEA that their brains are in a loop of habitual negativity. Think about the little thoughts you have within your OWN HEAD daily that are never even spoken aloud. ALL OF THEM are releasing signals in your brain. And….. ALL OF THEM are measurable!!! The problem is….. We tend to think “thoughts” are HARMLESS…. and they’re NOT!
Start TODAY……. and become more aware of ALL your thoughts… even those unspoken ones in your head…. and realize your brain is firing signals for each and EVERY one of them.
IF you want to change your life…. You must first change your thoughts!