Positive thinking changes the brain. This ability to change is called neuroplasticity, a science first introduced by William James in the 1890s. For many years it was believed that the brain was rigidly mapped out, with certain parts of the brain controlling certain functions.
Barrie Davenport, a personal and career coach, and founder of the blog Live Bold and Bloom, explains that positive thinking really does change your brain – not in a magical kind of way, but in a real physical way.” In other words, thoughts can change the structure and function of the brain. And more: “You can rewire your thinking.”
The Emotional Brain.Emotional style. “Emotional style is a consistent way of responding to the experiences of our lives. Governed by specific, identifiable brain circuits, it can be measured using objective laboratory methods. It influences the likelihood of feeling particular emotional states, traits, and moods. Because emotional styles are much closer to brain systems than emotional states or traits, they can be considered the atoms of our emotional lives – their fundamental building blocks.” “Emotional style,” says Davidson, “affects how we feel about ourselves, how we behave, how susceptible we are to stress, our cognitive function and our vulnerability to particular psychiatric disorders.”
Mind and health. “Emotional style also affects body balance. It has physiological consequences that, in turn, have important downstream effects on the function of our respiratory, immune, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems.” According to Davidson: “Even taking into account all the forms of human behavior and psychological states, the most powerful influence on our physical health is our emotional life”. Thinking positive can help prevent diseases and, upon surfacing, can be a big ally in treatment. Click here to read the full article.