Why It’s Difficult To Think Positive
Humans have a predisposition to negativity.
We pay far more attention to dark emotions like anger, sadness, pain, and disappointment than we do to great feelings like joy, gratitude, and contentment.
It makes sense when you think about how bad news stays with us, but good news tends to expire.
A picture of a cute puppy in the morning will be long forgotten by the afternoon, but a violent crime far away can haunt us for years.
Believe it or not, there is science behind this…Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change and evolve depending on our life circumstances.
What’s even more intriguing is that if thoughts are repetitive, our brain will connect synapses that weren’t previously stimulated to associate those thoughts with other behaviors and turn them into habits.
For example, if you hate your job and you work in a coffee shop, over time you will find that you despise the smell of coffee.
In actuality, you don’t — but your brain has decided that since you are constantly upset when surrounded by the smell of a fresh brew, the brew itself must be the problem.
In this case, your neurons that light up by the smell of coffee will connect with the neurons that light up when you are depressed. From then onward, the smell of coffee will dampen your spirits.
With this information comes the harsh lesson that when we are sad, suffering, or in emotional pain, it’s because we choose to be.
Negativity is addictive, even though positivity is so much nicer to feel.
We spend too little time appreciating our joy and being happy. We tend to believe that thinking positively and being happy is not a habit — rather, it’s a celebration.
Pain, also, is something we have trained ourselves to feel. Our addiction to it, as with everything else, can be conquered, and it is truly as simple as making the choice to be happy instead. Although the concept of
choosing to be happy is in itself a simple decision to make, executing it will require some focus and dedication.
You will have to rewire your brain with the power of positive thinking before you can truly heal.
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