“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” – Harry S. Truman
It has been proven that optimists are much more affective at engaging problem solving skills than their pessimistic counterparts.
Love, happiness, optimism, humor, laughter, kindness, openness, calm, friendship….. add as many positive emotions as you can to your life. No matter where you are, no matter how difficult things seem you should know that the brain operates at its highest levels when it has been infused with optimism.
When you infuse the positive emotions into your life you feed your brain in ways you may not even be aware of. Susan Reynolds, author of “Prime Your Gray Cells,” says that, “feeling pleasure can be so stimulating for your brain that it is primed to respond to pleasure in a way that reinforces pleasure.” What this means is that YOU have the choice to create a positive feedback loop in your brain. “Other than being much more fun to be around,” she continues, “being happy:
- stimulates the growth of nerve connections
- improves cognition by increasing mental productivity
- improves your ability to analyze and think
- increases attentiveness
- leads to more happy thoughts”
How do YOU want to spend your time? Choose carefully, because you’re choosing the fuel you provide to your brain to be able to solve your problems and build on your successes.
Triffany Hammond is a Trauma & Illness Recovery Coach: Life Coach for people who feel no one understands.
If you liked this post, here’s different post on Happiness that you might also like.
And yes…I capitalize words like Love, Self and Happiness because they just feel that important to me.
“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Happiness is an active choice.
Happiness does not require a delivery system; it is not water that you get from the external effort of turning on a faucet or walk to a well.
One can seek happiness but it is not something that can be attained.
We can look outside of ourselves as long as we want for something that makes us happy (a person, a passion, a hobby, or respect from others) but when we do that the moment we experience feels more like relief that it worked out than real Happiness and we quickly bypass the moment and look to the next (still hoping for Happiness). This is called “Hedonic Adaptation” in case you’re interested.
In fact, it is quite the opposite; Happiness is the release of expectations.
(There’s actual brain science
to back this up that notes meditation, prayer and a strong sense of spirituality (all inward pursuits) greatly increase happiness and it’s longevity.)
Happiness is letting go of our notions that others “should” be one way or another or that our hard work and discipline “should” be rewarded by a particular result of said efforts. Happiness is actively meeting the world right where it is and feeling grateful for each moment; it is a choice to view each point in time as a gift no matter the circumstance. Look inward, Beautiful Seeker, for Happiness cannot be experienced through any other method but the awareness you bring to each instant you’re alive.
Triffany is a Trauma & Illness Recovery Coach: Life Coach for people who feel no one understands. You can learn more about her and her services at www.TheWellnessAccomplice.com
This post was inspired by some comments on a picture I posted on my Facebook page. I’d love it if you’d join the conversation and “like” my page. Last time I posted about how to know when Love is a motivating factor (instead of fear). And yes…I capitalize words like Love, Self and Happiness because they just feel that important to me.