Did you know you can program your brain?
When was the last time you watched a scary movie right before bed, then dreamt about something scary during the night?
I love to watch or read murder mysteries, but I’ve learned not to do so right before bed unless I want to have that kind of dream later.
Instead, I look at pictures like this one above, of baby Gael smiling (Photo: Djullet). How adorable is he? Who could have a bad dream after seeing this fellow?
The info you allow into your brain influences your thinking. That’s good news.
However, the Cleveland Clinic Wellness website shares this gloomy news.
“Each person has an average of 60,000 thoughts a day! That’s one thought per second in every waking hour! Amazingly, 95 percent are the same thoughts repeated every day. On average, 80 percent of those habitual thoughts are negative. Unfortunately, our brains are hardwired to pay more attention to negative experiences than to positive ones.”
That sucks. So let’s focus on putting positive thoughts in the forefront of our minds as we start each day.
From the clinic: “Through MRI imaging, researchers have proven that negative thoughts stimulate the areas of the brain that promote depression and anxiety. They’ve also proven that positive thoughts set off a cascade of positive hormones throughout the body that results in feelings of calm and peace.”
Build a collection of positive thoughts that can help you keep your brain leaning positive, instead of being its usual grumpy self.
Here are some websites that will help you do that. A good devotional works, too.
When I was 10, we moved to Alabama, and I became a huge fan of Helen Keller, who was born in Tuscumbia, AL. Helen was born deaf and blind and was often locked in a closet. “The Miracle Worker” won numerous awards for depicting Anne Sullivan’s efforts to teach Helen to communicate. Helen Keller went on to graduate from college and become an internationally known speaker and writer. Here is one of her quotes:
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
She would know.
Baby Gael’s photo was taken by Djullet.
© Pamela A. Scott, MentorLoft.com 2016