“We all have ability. The difference is how we use it”
— Stevie Wonder
What would it mean to you to improve your mental outlook? What would it mean to feel better, have fewer headaches, fewer pains and aches, and less stress? It is all available to you by changing your thoughts. Change your thoughts and you change your emotions.
Your thoughts produce your emotions. It may take a few minutes to think about that so do just that, think about what that means. Let’s say something happens outside of your control, like a rock hits your windshield as your driving down the road. “Smack” … it’s loud, and for a second you may not know what has happened. The car is still moving forward and you are trying to figure out what has happened. You brain is in overdrive. The adrenaline is rushing out through the body. Flight-Fight-Freeze, which action are you going to take. Your brain wants you to do something but you don’t know what that something is. Now you see a crack on the window starting to form … and now you’re wondering what the cause was. What is it that you are saying? What words are you using and what thoughts do you have? The more you think perhaps the angrier you get, or maybe you’re thankful that it wasn’t worse. You’re thinking about what happened and generating emotions of relief, anger or something different.
What if we thought positive thoughts rather than negative ones, what do you think would happen? Well, you’d start feeling better. A bad day could become a great day. Whatever it is you’re making a conscious choice to feel or be something.
Listen to Barbara Fredrickson explain how to generate positive emotions.