By: Danny Pettry

Zig Zilgar (Ziglar.com) has a post on facebook that reads: “Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.”

 

Cognitive Behavior Therapists teach “Thoughts Create Feelings” and there is evidence that supports Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is effective.

 

We can indeed change our thoughts to become effective and positive.

 

Some thoughts make us feel bad like: the world hates me.

Other thoughts make us feel a bit better like: there are people who care about me.

 

The half glass of water example is used to teach CBT concepts.

 

Pessimistic thinking views the glass as half empty (which is true) and they feel bad because they’re focused on the lack. They focus on what is missing and wasn’t isn’t there.

Optimistic thinking view the glass as half full (which is also true) and they feel good because they focus on what they do have.

 

The station (the thought we choose) most often becomes an easy-to-use path in our brain. The brain forms neural paths with repetition. Those paths that are used most often (in our brain) are like cow paths in a field. There starts to become a trail in the middle of a field of grass when many cows travel across it.  It is easier to walk the trail opposed to walking through the tall grass and wilderness and creating a new path. The brain makes similar paths (pessimistic or optimistic).

 

DailyHealthPost.Com (2019, April 24) argued in their article, How Complaining Physically Rewires Our Brains to Be Anxious and Depressed, that:

It’s important to let yourself vent, but quickly move on to solutions.

And it’s really worth doing : for one, negativity physically destroys your brain. ” …people who routinely experience chronic stress—particularly acute, even traumatic stress—release the hormone cortisol, which literally eats away, almost like an acid bath, at the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain that’s very engaged in visual-spatial memory as well as memory for context and setting,” explains Rick Hanson, Ph.D., a psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

Starting positive thinking (for some people) might be like creating a total new path. It won’t be easy, but it is definitely possible.

 

The good news is that we can change our thoughts like we can change stations on the television or radio.  With practice, we can start to tune into the positivity in our lives.

 

DailyHealthPost.Com (2019, April 24) identified gratitude as one way to help people to become more positive.

 

RealFarmacy.com (2019) featured an article by Justin Brown titled: Neuroscience Reveals: This Is How Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to Be Happier.  Brown writes, “[Gratitude] changes the molecular structure of the brain, keeps the gray matter functioning, and makes us healthier and happier”

Brown points out three ways to increase gratitude, including:

  • Gratitude Journal: Write down things you’re grateful for
  • Express gratitude: Tell people with your words to let them know you appreciate them
  • While looking in mirror, (while brushing teeth) point out something you’ve done well

 

The choices:

  • Complaining and ruminating changes the brain and results in feeling depressed and anxious
  • Practicing gratitude changes the brain to feel more happiness.

 

References

Brown, J. (n.d.). Neuroscience Reveals: This Is How Gratitude Literally Rewires Your Brain to Be Happier. Retrieved July 27, 2019, from https://realfarmacy.com/neuroscience-gratitude-brain-happy/?fbclid=IwAR0MWe68krOMi7maxhQbycUYmv92dAjIVwe_2LBXzY2NRo4w0-2UVvgGtBk

 

Daily Health Editorial Staff (2019, April 24). How Complaining Physically Rewires Your Brain To Be Anxious And Depressed. Retrieved July 27, 2019, from https://dailyhealthpost.com/complaining-brain-negativity/?utm_source=link&utm_medium=fb&utm_campaign=sq&utm_content=dhp&fbclid=IwAR3kiJEcbSKSm0tsDgbhhkgTTbjEi3gdQo4HyVM9vMgXMo4kZe56cj82eE0