The Neuroscience of Having a Positive State of Mind

One of the fastest ways to turbo charge your career and live a happier life, is to consistently work on your own personal development and evolution.


Whenever, you feel like you are not getting the results you want in your life, then consider this a secret opportunity to work on your own personal growth. The happiest people I know are consistently working on maintaining a positive state of mind and attitude throughout their daily life.


One of the key factors to being happy in life is having the ability to manage your own state of mind…


Have you ever noticed that when you are in good mood and having a great day, people will smile more at you and treat you more nicely.  And when you are in a bad mood or having a difficult day, there is a tendency to attract negative experiences.  This is because you have mirror neurons in your brain, and so people will literally mirror back to you whatever you are feeling. And of course, this is all taking place at an unconscious level.


According to the American Psychological Association, mirror neurons are a type of brain cell that respond equally when we perform an action and when we witness someone else perform the same action. This explains why when you see someone fall down, you might flinch in sympathy. Or if you see someone eating your favorite chocolate desert, you begin to salivate.


If you want to bring forth more positive life experiences, then be more positive.  If you want to feel good about yourself and feel good about your life, then start monitoring your internal thoughts. Notice what thoughts you are carrying and what attitudes you are projecting.


Negative thoughts are self-reinforcing. This is because you have a structure in your brains called the reticular activating system (RAS). The reticular activating system is located at the base of your skull and acts as a filter, whose job is to focus on whatever is important to you in that moment. Whenever you are in a negative mood, then you will have the tendency to focus on the negative in your life– and thus bring forth negative experiences.


Whenever you are in a positive state then you will feel more motivated to sort for the positive experiences in your life, because you are literally directing your RAS and your brain to sort for what is good in your life.


I had an funny experience recently, where I told a flight attendant on the airplane that I had intended to have a positive state of mind throughout the whole flight, and that I wanted the flight to be a good experience. I told her this because the plane had been delayed by three hours and everyone on the airplane was really grumpy. Interestingly, every time the flight attendant walked by me, she would look at me and say, “Oh it’s you, you are the happy one!” And of course, I ended up having a wonderfully positive experience during my flight, despite being delayed by three hours.


Kristine Hallbom is an internationally recognized NLP trainer, author and professional coach. She is the co-founder of the NLP Coaching Institute and the co-creator of the WealthyMind™ Program, which has been taught to live audiences in over 20 countries and has helped thousands of people create more of what they want in their lives.


She is also the co-author of the book, Powerful Questions and Techniques for Coaches and Therapists, and has published numerous articles on wealth consciousness, NLP Coaching and systems thinking for a variety of psychology journals and magazines.


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