The Power of Positivity
“You got this!” “I believe in you!” “I’m here for you.” Just reading these statements makes me smile. Take a moment to think about a time in your life when someone's words uplifted you and gave you peace and comfort. I’m guessing this may take you right back to that moment and the person that you are thinking of is probably someone that has brought joy into your life.
Did you know that by taking these simple steps of thinking about those happy thoughts causes physical responses to take place within your body. The Achieve Medical Center blog says that the brain’s chemistry affects how we feel. “Cortisol decreases when we think happy thoughts or feel joy, and the brain creates serotonin in response to our positive emotions. When serotonin levels are normal, one feels happy, calm, less anxious, more focused, and emotionally stable.” (1) We know that positive thoughts are good for our mental health, but to understand that there are actually positive physical aspects at work when we think positively is amazing! I don’t know about you, but I could really use a boost of happiness right now.
Not only is there power in thinking positive thoughts, but speaking positive words is also beneficial. The Arkadin Blog Team states “...when we use positive words like “love” and “peace,” we can alter how our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative ones can kick-start the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action.” (2)
I think back to our Opening Day in 2017 when Manny Scott shared his story with us, how at the age of 14, he was at a very low point in his life. Manny had dropped out of school, his father was incarcerated, and his best friend had been murdered. Things turned around for Manny when a stranger connected with him, encouraged him, and inspired him. With the help of his teachers and positive people in his life, Manny was able to turn his life around and is now speaking nationally about the impact educators make in a child's life. What an incredible story!
In addition to positivity being able to turn people’s lives around, thinking positive thoughts can be a driving force in our daily lives. Kristin Barton Cuthriell says thoughts have the power to build positive or negative momentum in your life. “They will snowball in the direction you choose. They will lead you toward success or destruction.” (3) So, the next time you see the snowball of your thoughts heading in the wrong direction, try to stop them in their tracks and move them in a positive way. You will be glad that you did.
As you venture on to your next task, don’t forget to give yourself a boost of happiness today and in the days ahead! Focus on positive thoughts, share positivity through your words and actions and work together to keep the positive momentum going!
Here are some additional resources for increasing positivity in your life.
- Positive Words Go a Long Way
- Change Your Words and Change Your Brain – For the Better
- The Neuroscience Behind Our Words
Your Brain Thrives On Positivity. (2020, November 29). Retrieved from https://www.achievemedicalcenter.com/blog-post/your-brain-thrives-on-positivity#:~:text=Positive%20Thoughts&text=Cortisol%20decreases%20when%20we%20think,more%20focused%2C%20and%20emotionally%20stable.
How Positive Thoughts Can Benefit Your Mental Health. (2017, December 28). Retrieved from https://paradigmtreatment.com/positive-thoughts-benefit-mental-health/#:~:text=By%20focusing%20on%20positive%20thoughts,tend%20to%20be%20more%20pessimistic.
The Power of Your Thoughts. (2017, February 14). Retrieved from https://thesnowballeffect.com/2017/02/04/the-power-of-your-thoughts/