As you know, here at Motivational Mug, the matter closest to our hearts is personal improvement and overall happiness. Research shows that you can achieve both things easily and totally free. How? You have already been given everything needed for it: Your Brain.
You are what you think you are. After all, every single one of your actions is the result of your thoughts. And all of your thoughts are processed in your brain. This is exactly why having control over your thoughts leads to to a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
Research shows that being happy:
- stimulates the growth of nerve connections.
- improves cognition by increasing mental productivity.
- improves your ability to analyze and think.
- affects your view of surroundings.
- increases attentiveness.
- leads to more happy thoughts.
What seems most important to us is the fact that, while external factors play a role in our feelings, we as a person have the power to alter our mood: You can use your mind to alter your brain chemistry. In doing so, you can reduce the negative thoughts that lead to pessimism, while ramping up the types of positive thoughts that lead to optimism. According to research, you can even alter your national disposition towards pessimism even if, e.g., depression runs deep in your family.
Teresa Aubele, PhD and neuroscientist at Florida State University, sums it up this way:
"The actions we take can literally expand or contract different regions of the brain, firing up circuits or tamping them down. The more you ask your brain to do, the more cortical space it sets up to handle the new tasks. It responds by forging stronger connections in circuits that underlie the desired behavior or thought and weakening the connections in others. Thus, what you do and what you think, see, or feel is mirrored in the size of your respective brain regions and the connections your brain forms to accommodate your needs.
What does all this mean? It means that what we think, do, and say matters; that it affects who we become on the outside, the inside, and in our brain. Mostly, it means that you can retrain your brain to be more positive.
Start by thinking happy thoughts, looking on the bright side, and refocusing your brain when negative thoughts occur. Your mind has the ability to determine how your brain thinks about what happens in your life. Use it to your own advantage to reframe events and think positively."
Optimistic people in general...
- Lead happy, rich, fulfilled lives
- Spend the least amount of time alone, and the most time socializing
- Have good relationships
- Have better health habits
- Have stronger immune systems
- Live longer than pessimists
All this research goes well with our general Philosophy here at Motivational Mug that something as simple as a single thought has the power to change your entire life. Check out the beautiful mugs in our collection and take the first steps toward a better life. Always remember: You only have this one, so make the most of it.