Is it a real threat?
Did you know that most of your fears are based on things that happened in the past and you’re projecting that experience into your future? Which means that there is actually nothing to be afraid of . Always ask yourself – is this situation (or impending situation) a real threat to my personal survival? Usually it isn’t.
Is it a habit?
Did you know that the more pleasure you feel whilst learning a new habit, the more likely the habit will stick? It’s true, so try it next time you are replacing a bad habit with a good one, listen to music you love or stroke your hair, or walk somewhere beautiful, this along with repetition is the key.
Can I appreciate a small goal?
Did you know that the you brain registers small goals the same as big ones? It has been proven that a person who writes down their small positive achievements for seven days will have increased self-esteem to the same level as if they had achieved larger goals. Remember – any level of appreciation causes the brain to release dopamine.
Can I overcome fear?
Did you know that it is no longer recommended as healthy to journal about all that is bad and sad in your life? The more you focus on any situation the deeper it is etched in your memory. To help you move on and have a cheerier outlook it is advised to only write one short sentence about the ‘negative issue’ and then list lots of ways you can overcome it.
Can I learn to use more positive words?
Did you know that seeing a list of negative words (ie: fear, death, poverty) for only a few minutes will make an anxious or depressed personal feel worse? The negative changes on the brain can be instantly seen on an MRI scanner. And if we say these words out loud the person’s reaction will be worse. If we frown when we say these negative words more stress chemicals will be released in our brain and the brain of anyone listening. Negative words spoken with anger do even more damage they disrupt the decision-making centers of the brain and increase our chances of acting irrationally. So beware of negative words that you read, speak or hear.
Is it written all over my face?
Did you know that doctors who are able to detect a patient’s ‘facial expressions of emotion’ are also more likely to demonstrate a high level of empathy? Results of a study conducted by MD Reiss, Massachusetts Hospital, proved the importance of communicating with more than just words when diagnosing what a patient’s ailment really is.
Can I keep my brain young?
Did you know that the brains of middle-aged people are getting sharper and younger? Apparently it is because they strive to keep up with the demands of modern technology. Previously, it was thought that computers made our brains lazy, causing us to think less for ourselves. However, recent research in Austria (AIIS) shows that new complex gadgets are making the average mind work harder. People are remembering more passwords, learning internet banking, enjoying the new language of technology, connecting more with their community on social media and they retire later than their parents did.