• Penn Vieau

Your brain is a fine-tuned machine

Updated: Aug 27

Do you realize how important import your mindset is to your success? The brain is the most complex organ in the human body. It produces our every thought, action, memory, feeling and experience of the world. If you want to be happy the rest of your life, make sure you

keep your brain happy. Why? Because being happy matters more to your brain than you might think. In fact, embracing positivity can be very stimulating for your brain. Your brain offers rewards to steer you on a pathway to happiness; and you can offer your brain rewards that will encourage it to become even more finely tuned.

Your brain is a fine-tuned machine. Every thought releases brain chemicals. Negative thinking narrows your focus. It limits the options your mind’s eye can see. Being focused on negative thoughts effectively zaps the brain of its positive forcefulness, slows it down, and can go as far as dimming your brain's ability to function. On the flip side, thinking positive, happy, hopeful, optimistic, joyful thoughts decrease cortisol and produce serotonin, which creates a sense of well-being. This helps your brain function at peak capacity.

The good news is that you can use your mind to train your brain to tamp down the negative thoughts that lead to pessimism while ramping up the types of positive thoughts that lead to optimism.

Did you know negative thinking slows down brain coordination, making it difficult to process thoughts and find solutions? Feeling frightened, which often happens when focused on negative outcomes, has been shown to slow the brain's ability to process new information-limiting your ability to practice creative problem-solving. Additionally, the fear factor affects mood, memory, and impulse control.

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.

Positive thinking expands your focus. It opens your mind’s eye to options all around you. 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 re-frame events and think positively. Want to learn how?

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Penn Vieau  |  Leadership Expert - Speaker - Life Changing Coach  |  Madison, WI  |  |