Your way of thinking forms your character, how you function and the length you travel spiritually, physically and mentally. Each thought releases a specific brain chemical. When you think negative thoughts, your brain drains all the positive thoughts and can actually dim the ability of your brain to function. As a result you start feeling depressed. However, when you start thinking joyful, optimistic, hopeful, happy and positive thoughts, your brain releases serotonin and decreases the level of cortisol which creates a feeling of happiness and wellbeing.
According to research, the doleful or cheerful disposition lies in the certain patterns of our brain activity. Individuals going through more activities in left frontal cortex as compared to the right have a more positive temperament. Their typical reaction is to show interest and delight towards other individuals and situations. However, the individuals going through more activities in the brain’s right frontal area shrink from encountering situations and other individuals and they are easily daunted. They are more sensitive as compared to their counterparts and tend to get more upset on little things.
Staying happy and positive can assist our brain to be more productive. When you are pleased, your brain will respond back in a way which highlights and promotes more pleasure. It helps our brain to grow positively and encourage you to stay happy. It releases the feel-good hormones in us which leaves us feeling cheerful and full of hope for a longer time. It strengthens our connection with other people and helps us respond well in different situations.
A happy brain can benefit your overall health and function. Negative thoughts and moods disturb your connection with others and your surroundings. It affects your capabilities of remembering, perceiving, existing and reinforcing or creating new connections. However, when you are happy, your brain’s ability to be more productive and cognitively alert improves. There are several other advantages of being happy and thinking positively. Some of them are as follows:
- Stimulating and enhancing nerve connection
- Improving cognition though encouraging mental efficiency
- Improving your capability to think and analyze
- Changing your perspective
- Affecting the way you look at situations and your surroundings
- Increase in alertness and attentiveness
- Leading to even more happy and positive thoughts
- Encouraging innovation and creativity
- Assisting in resolving problems more quickly and effectively
Tips for Training Your Brain to Become More Cheerful
There are several ways to train your brain to become more positive and cheerful. Even if you have been a pessimist throughout your life, it is never too late to change the way you think. Research has proved that individuals can change their thought patterns easily and quickly if they want to. In order to do so, you have to think about positive things in your life, new ideas and new experiences. Here are a few tips to train your brain to stay cheerful and positive:
Think About Three Positive Things Every Day
- When you are about to retire for bed, think of at least three positive things that you witnessed or that happened to you. Reflect on the way you felt when those things happened. These positive things can be anything – witnesses someone helping another person, beautiful sunset, a good feedback from your boss, a child’s smile, meeting or talking to an old friend.
- Reflect how these things happened; try to be around such situations in the future.
- Celebrate little positive things that happen in your life. This doubles the joy of your success or achievement. It also creates a feeling of motivation and encouragement.
- It is crucial that you give your brain a break from your stressful life.
- Try to relax and do things that you enjoy and love.
- This reduces stress levels and increases your happiness, resulting in you creating a more positive temperament.
- If you don’t currently have any hobbies then think about what you used to enjoy when you were younger. What made you happy? – going to a park, swimming, playing a sport, creating art, meeting friends, watching movies. Adopt one of those hobbies again.
- Vent out your feelings through writing. Read it later to reflect on how you react in different situations.
- This doesn’t mean that you spend hours thinking about what to write. This isn’t an exam. Just grab a notebook or your laptop and pour out what you are feeling currently or what you felt when you were angry or cheerful.
- This will help you look at yourself in a different light. You will be able to figure out how to change your thoughts and which situations to avoid that make you think negatively.
- This is another great way to relax your brain and your body as well.
- Start doing mindfulness exercises that reduce your stress and tensions. They will make you feel more centered and calm.
- This will create a more balanced and relax state for your brain to function in and make your feel more positive naturally.
- Surround yourself with individuals that make you happy and cheerful.
- Include those people in your life who always encourage and motivate you to fulfill your dreams and aims.
- Avoid negative individuals as they will force you to start thinking negatively as well.
- A child looks at his/her surroundings with wonder and tries to experience it at its fullest. Start thinking like a child.
- Look at things like you are witnessing them first time.
- Try to explore more.
- Notice little things that we usually ignore – birds singing, sound of the waves, clear blue sky, shinning stars, colorful flowers. This will enable you to see the beauty in everything.
- It will led you to feel more peaceful and content with your life.
- If you are in a negative mood, try to think of something positive or something wonderful that happened in your life.
- If you are unable to feel positive, fake it. Ignore the negative feeling. Start telling jokes to others, smile more, go on an outing with loved ones, and compliment others. It will gradually change your mood when you see the people around you happy.