Stop sabotaging and cracking yourself!: Start living a full life with this positive thinking book. by Bersin Brian

Stop sabotaging and cracking yourself!: Start living a full life with this positive thinking book. by Bersin Brian

Author:Bersin, Brian [Bersin, Brian]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 2020-05-28T16:00:00+00:00

Redefining Optimism

Most times, people balance optimism with happiness. But while one of them can breed the other, they're not the same thing. And while the optimists are generally grouped as those that just see the best in any case, the experts claim that's not true either.

"Positive thinking doesn't mean you don't notice the stressors of life. You only handle difficulties more productively," says Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW.

Creating an optimistic view of life helps one to have a complete interpersonal world despite adverse situations. It decreases feelings of sadness/depression and anxiety, increases the life span, fosters better relationships with others, and offers coping strategies in times of difficulty. Being positive helps you to cope better with stressful conditions, which decreases the negative health effects of stress on your body. Science has shown that people with a positive mindset have improved cardiovascular health and a stronger immune system, a higher income, and a more productive relationship.

Experts say that the true difference between optimists and pessimists is not in their level of optimism or in how they view the situation, but in how they cope with it.

"Optimism is a way of thinking that encourages people to see the environment, other people, and things in the most favorable, positive light possible. Some people call this a 'half-glass full' mindset," says Dr. AparnaIyer, an assistant professor, and psychiatrist at the University of Texas South Western Medical Center. "Optimistic people do recognize negative events, but they are more likely to resist blaming themselves for the negative outcome, tend to perceive the problem as temporary, and likely to anticipate more optimistic results in the future."

The Optimistic Brain

So, what exactly is going on in the brain when we have a positive or negative reaction to the problem?

Research indicates that positive moods are correlated with more left-side activity, while negative feelings, such as being angry or sad, are correlated with more right-side activities.

According to Dr. Davidson, Director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, "Just about anyone can identify their brain wave patterns as one type or another." He performed multiple research on the relationship between frontal lobe activity and emotions and found that only 15% of people did not tend one way or the other.

Another research published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology indicated that these brain pattern behaviors are good predictors of how we will react to certain situations. Volunteers with more left-sided activity watching entertaining movies had a much higher, more positive reaction, whereas those with more right-sided brain activity watching distressing movies had much higher negative reactions.

Positive moods are linked with more left-brain activity, whereas negative emotions are on the right side of the brain.

The good news is by deliberately altering your thought patterns; you can re-wire your brain.

Davidson experimented to see whether it was possible to change the behavior of those who had a propensity towards the right-brain activity. Mindfulness was taught to employees in high-stress jobs who, on average, tilted to the right in the ratio of the emotional level.


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