How would you like to have happiness become more of a default setting in your brain? You can! Science is showing this in so many ways.
You may have heard the phrase that neurons that fire together wire together…what on earth does that mean?
In layman’s terms it means that when you do something once, your brain connects the cells that make it easier to do that thing the next time. When you do it again, the connection grows stronger, and so on. Eventually you build a highway of connections that’s easy to jump on and go straight to that destination.
This holds true for brushing your teeth…your brain eventually forms a habit that takes no conscious awareness on your part to execute once you’ve put the toothbrush in your hand.
And it holds true for emotions you’ve “done” over and over and over. If you’re a worrier, you’ve created strong connections in your brain to worry, and it’s achingly easy to find yourself on the neural highway that leads straight to worry.
If you spend time over and over thinking about things that are “wrong” in your life, you brain will become very adept at finding and thinking about what’s wrong in your life. But the opposite is also true! If you spend time thinking about what’s right in your life, your brain will become adept at finding those things and thinking about them! (What do YOU think about more?)
You can likely see this is kinda bad news — because when we weren’t aware of what we were doing we were creating habits to things that just aren’t working for us today.
And you can hopefully also see that this is brilliantly good news because now that we KNOW, we can choose the pathways we want to light up in our brains and make into highways!
So what are you going to spend time thinking about in the next 15 minutes? Things that make you happy I hope? 🙂
Find even the littlest thing that makes you smile inside — and expand it by really focusing on it. A child’s smile. The sound of a robin. The amazing fresh fruit and vegetables at the grocery store. A text from a friend. A joke. An unexpected break in your day. The softness of your dog’s fur.
Even thinking about things that make you happy fires off the neural pathway to happiness, making it easier to find your way there again and again and again.