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"... on the Mind"

Let’s think about ‘Thinking’

By modefor, Jul 10 2020 09:08AM

I want to start with one of the most important parts of thinking…Positive thinking.

Here’s three key benefits of positive thinking:

1. You’ll improve how you see and think about your future.

Yes, science has proven that the more positively we think, the happier we will be. Some research at the University of North Carolina also showed us that positive emotions are more likely to encourage us to plan ahead and plan activities and take actions towards things we’d like to do in the future.

2. It will keep you healthy.

Positivity directly affects our physical health… for the positive. Staying with the University of North Carolina, they did research with two groups. One group undertook a loving kindness meditation daily to cultivate feelings like love, compassion, empathy and goodwill towards others and see if it benefited their physical heath.

Compared with the control group, which did no meditation, our meditators showed increases in positive emotions like amusement and gratitude and reported feelings of feeling more connected. They also showed improvements in vagal tone which is linked to cardiovascular health and a general indicator of physical wellbeing.

3. Negativity doesn’t work.

Our brains can’t process negative words, so when we hear the word ‘don’t eat that’ our brain just hears ‘eat that’. Whilst our conscious mind hears the words, our subconscious mind (which makes lots of our decisions) doesn’t get the memo.

This means we struggle to change habits or thought patterns through negative self-talk and we can make our lives much easier and be more productive through positive thinking.

So, there you go. Science and proof that positive thinking is the way forwards for better emotional fitness, increased resilience, hope and happiness.

What’s your thoughts on this?

Much love

Tabby xxx

The Blog written by Tabby Kerwin and members of the Mode for... team focussing on possibility, productivity &  performance, with a focus on resilience, creativity & mental health.