Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains

Positive Brains Are Smarter Brains

You might have heard that positivity is crucial to enjoying a better life. It is by expecting things to turn well that we can be happy and enjoy our days. But, it is also believed that it is also a sign of intelligence, despite so many people thinking otherwise.

It seems that the ability to bet in a brighter future is more common among smart people. And it actually works as a continuous cause-and-effect cycle: more positive you are, smarter you get. More intelligent you become, more positive you are. And so on.

Of course, there are several exceptions to this rule, but let’s see why it is a common belief that these two traits go together.

Positive people see more outcomes and scenarios

Negative people can only perceive negative outcomes and scenarios. They are so sure of an imminent disaster that there is no way that they will have space in their minds to anything else.

Instead of working a solution out to the situation they are facing, they will be feeling anxious or depressive instead – and their minds will be so hopeless that they stop processing and analyzing.

On the other hand, positive people will see both positive and negative outcomes and scenarios. They have no issues with seeing the big picture, so it is also not likely that they will ignore the threats along the way.

The difference is that they will not feel paralyzed when they realize what is coming. Neither gives to it more importance than necessary. They will just accept it as a fact.

Positive people are more creative

Thanks to their ability to let their ideas run free, positive people are more creative. They see the world with beautiful and colorful eyes, and they can discover many ways to make it even better.

Positive people are also ready to try new things, as they don’t perceive new experiences with fear. They will be happy to test their projects, get academic help if they need it, and to give you as many ideas as you need to improve yours.

According to several studies, positive people are also more likely to learn faster and to be more productive, as they are usually in a good mood and feeling creative.

Positive people have improved critical thinking

Positive people will bring you many suggestions that will put a smile on your face, and they will all be based on facts. Thanks to their creative and fearless way to deal with life, they will be ready to analyze every single piece of any project.

Their critical thinking is highly developed as a consequence, and it is one of the fundamentals of their both emotional and intellectual intelligence. They think independently and in a highly thoughtful manner as they are not afraid of what they will find out.

Positive people have a boosted self-confidence

Positive people believe in themselves. They think that they can accomplish anything they want, no matter how many challenges there will be in their way. And it is not because they are naive or immature. They just bet that it is possible.

However, don’t take from it that positive people think that they are better than other people. It is not like they have a big ego or anything like this. On the contrary, they tend to think that everybody is as good as they are and that everyone can achieve as much as they can – if they are willing to do what it takes.

People positive don’t sabotage themselves

Positive people not only believe that they can achieve their goals. They also believe that they deserve the best. And that the best is somewhere to be conquered.

As a consequence, they don’t sabotage their own career or think that someone will point them as a fraud sooner than later. They truly think that they will deserve what they deserve and worked hard to accomplish.

And, of course, they only have had put effort into what is best for them, so they firmly believe that they will get the best in return.

The bottom line

A positive brain is also smarter because it has no fear to try. As a consequence, it learns more and always, improving itself over the years.

On the other hand, people who only expect the worst don’t develop the ability to take chances and tend to calculate every step of their ways – a receipt that you will never see recommended by any successful person.

Researchers believe that we can control and even change an inner tendency for negativity if it is the case. And that all areas of our life, from romance to career, can only be improved by it.

Of course, it is not all about positive thinking. It is also about positive effort. Only both working together can bring to us the change that we dream for our lives.

 

Daniela-Mcvicker

About the Author

Daniela McVicker is an author, psychologist and freelance blogger. She believes that success depends on knowing the ideas that allow you to manage and master the universe of information. You can follow Daniela on Twitter or add her on Facebook

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Why Is Important To Take 10 Mindful Minutes And Do Nothing

Here is an incredible video from TED. The speaker is Andy Puddicombe. His speech is called “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes”. The following words are the transcript of this talk and at the end of this post, you will find the video. Enjoy below the speech:

“All it takes is 10 mindful minutes”

 

Transcript of “All it takes is 10 mindful minutes”

We live in an incredibly busy world. The pace of life is often frantic, our minds are always busy, and we’re always doing something.

So with that in mind, I’d like you just to take a moment to think, when did you last take any time to do nothing? Just 10 minutes, undisturbed? And when I say nothing, I do mean nothing. So that’s no emailing, texting, no Internet, no TV, no chatting, no eating, no reading. Not even sitting there reminiscing about the past or planning for the future. Simply doing nothing. I see a lot of very blank faces. You probably have to go a long way back.

And this is an extraordinary thing, right? We’re talking about our mind. The mind, our most valuable and precious resource, through which we experience every single moment of our life. The mind that we rely upon to be happy, content, emotionally stable as individuals, and at the same time, to be kind and thoughtful and considerate in our relationships with others. This is the same mind that we depend upon, to be focused, creative, spontaneous, and to perform at our very best in everything that we do. And yet, we don’t take any time out to look after it. In fact, we spend more time looking after our cars, our clothes and our hair than we — okay, maybe not our hair, but you see where I’m going.

The result, of course, is that we get stressed. You know, the mind whizzes away like a washing machine going round and round, lots of difficult, confusing emotions, and we don’t really know how to deal with that. And the sad fact is that we are so distracted that we’re no longer present in the world in which we live. We miss out on the things that are most important to us, and the crazy thing is that everybody just assumes, that’s the way life is, so we’ve just kind of got to get on with it. That’s really not how it has to be.

So I was about 11 when I went along to my first meditation class. And trust me, it had all the stereotypes that you can imagine, the sitting cross-legged on the floor, the incense, the herbal tea, the vegetarians, the whole deal, but my mom was going and I was intrigued, so I went along with her. I’d also seen a few kung fu movies, and secretly I kind of thought I might be able to learn how to fly, but I was very young at the time. Now as I was there, I guess, like a lot of people, I assumed that it was just an aspirin for the mind. You get stressed, you do some meditation. I hadn’t really thought that it could be sort of preventative in nature, until I was about 20, when a number of things happened in my life in quite-quick succession, really serious things which just flipped my life upside down and all of a sudden I was inundated with thoughts, inundated with difficult emotions that I didn’t know how to cope with. Every time I sort of pushed one down, another one would pop back up again. It was a really very stressful time.

I guess we all deal with stress in different ways. Some people will bury themselves in work, grateful for the distraction. Others will turn to their friends, their family, looking for support. Some people hit the bottle, start taking medication. My own way of dealing with it was to become a monk. So I quit my degree, I headed off to the Himalayas, I became a monk, and I started studying meditation.

People often ask me what I learned from that time. Well, obviously it changed things. Let’s face it, becoming a celibate monk is going to change a number of things. But it was more than that. It taught me — it gave me a greater appreciation, an understanding for the present moment. By that I mean not being lost in thought, not being distracted, not being overwhelmed by difficult emotions, but instead learning how to be in the here and now, how to be mindful, how to be present.

I think the present moment is so underrated. It sounds so ordinary, and yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it’s anything but ordinary. There was a research paper that came out of Harvard, just recently, that said on average, our minds are lost in thought almost 47 percent of the time. 47 percent. At the same time, this sort of constant mind-wandering is also a direct cause of unhappiness.Now we’re not here for that long anyway, but to spend almost half of our life lost in thought and potentially quite unhappy, I don’t know, it just kind of seems tragic, actually, especially when there’s something we can do about it, when there’s a positive, practical, achievable, scientifically proven technique which allows our mind to be more healthy, to be more mindful and less distracted.

And the beauty of it is that even though it need only take about 10 minutes a day, it impacts our entire life. But we need to know how to do it. We need an exercise. We need a framework to learn how to be more mindful. That’s essentially what meditation is. It’s familiarizing ourselveswith the present moment.But we also need to know how to approach it in the right way to get the best from it. And that’s what these are for, in case you’ve been wondering, because most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it’s quite different from that. It’s more about stepping back, sort of seeing the thought clearly, witnessing it coming and going, emotions coming and going without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind.

So for example, right now, if I focus too much on the balls, then there’s no way I can relax and talk to you at the same time. Equally, if I relax too much talking to you, there’s no way I can focus on the balls. I’m going to drop them. Now in life, and in meditation, there’ll be times when the focus becomes a little bit too intense, and life starts to feel a bit like this. It’s a very uncomfortable way to live life, when you get this tight and stressed. At other times, we might take our foot off the gas a little bit too much, and things just become a sort of little bit like this. Of course in meditation — we’re going to end up falling asleep. So we’re looking for a balance, a focused relaxation where we can allow thoughts to come and go without all the usual involvement.

Now, what usually happens when we’re learning to be mindful is that we get distracted by a thought.Let’s say this is an anxious thought. Everything’s going fine, and we see the anxious thought. “Oh, I didn’t realize I was worried about that.” You go back to it, repeat it. “Oh, I am worried. I really am worried. Wow, there’s so much anxiety.” And before we know it, right, we’re anxious about feeling anxious.

You know, this is crazy. We do this all the time, even on an everyday level. If you think about the last time youhad a wobbly tooth. You know it’s wobbly, and you know that it hurts. But what do you do every 20, 30 seconds?

It does hurt. And we reinforce the storyline, right? And we just keep telling ourselves, and we do it all the time. And it’s only in learning to watch the mind in this way that we can start to let go of those storylines and patterns of mind. But when you sit down and you watch the mind in this way, you might see many different patterns. You might find a mind that’s really restless and — the whole time. Don’t be surprised if you feel a bit agitated in your body when you sit down to do nothing and your mind feels like that. You might find a mind that’s very dull and boring, and it’s just, almost mechanical, it just seems it’s as if you’re getting up, going to work, eat, sleep, get up, work. Or it might just be that one little nagging thought that just goes round and round your mind.

Well, whatever it is, meditation offers the opportunity, the potential to step back and to get a different perspective, to see that things aren’t always as they appear. We can’t change every little thing that happens to us in life, but we can change the way that we experience it. That’s the potential of meditation, of mindfulness. You don’t have to burn any incense, and you definitely don’t have to sit on the floor. All you need to do is to take 10 minutes out a day to step back, to familiarize yourself with the present moment so that you get to experience a greater sense of focus, calm and clarity in your life.

Related relevant article: 4 Scientific Studies On How Meditation Can Affect Your Heart, Brain And Creativity.

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes meditation

The Secret of Mindfulness

Find here an inspiring short video that anyone needs to watch at least once in a lifetime. It presents how mindfulness empowers us. This animation is narrated by Sharon Salzberg. Same with positive words. Do not put the effort in not talking negatively. Just put the effort in finding, learning and using on a daily basis positive words. In this way, you will be empowered. It just takes practice. Enjoy the video about mindfulness!

What is your favorite positive feeling?

This is a quiz for positive feelings designed for voting.

This Poll/Vote quiz is updated by Positive Words Research and by you, the person voting. If you don’t find your favorite feeling in the list, select Other and insert your own favorite positive feeling. Enjoy!

What is your favorite positive feeling?

Love
Peace
Relaxation
Excitement
Happiness
Joyfulness
Other
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What is your favorite positive emotion?

This is a quiz for positive emotions designed for voting.

This Poll/Vote quiz is updated by Positive Words Research and by you, the person voting. If you don’t find your favorite emotion in the list, select Other and insert your own favorite positive emotion. Enjoy!

What is your favorite positive emotion?

Happiness
Bliss
Peace
Gratefulness
Relieved
Safe
Joy
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63 Positive Words That You Should Listen for a Magnificent Lifestyle Change

Using the voice of  Jason Stephenson, this video will empower you with 63 positive words that you should listen for a magnificent lifestyle change.

The 63 positive words that you should listen for a magnificent lifestyle change, that are spoken in this video, are:

Belief, Faith, Benefit, Massive, Abundance, Give, Now, Acceptance, Energy, Enthusiasm, Pleasure, Complete, Harmony, Possible, Thankful

Confidence, Wisdom, Joy, Rejoice, Wonderful, Eternal, Life, Renewed, Strength, Guidance, Peaceful, Perfect, Excellence, Loving, Respect

Beauty, Loyal, Relaxed, Bountiful, Gift, Calm, Blessings, Meditate, Spontaneous, Connected, Healing, Praise, Healthy, Promotion, Destiny

Grow, Outstanding, Success, Compassion, Harvest, Power, Intuition, Receive, Wealth, Dream, Courage, Create, Imagine, Transform, Infinite

Truth, Intelligent, Vision

Everyone Needs Help Sometimes

 Everyone Needs Help Sometimes

Everyone Needs Help Sometimes

The golden rule of overcoming mental health obstacles reads, “you have to want to be helped”. I’ve learned this over the span of my mental health journey after some devastating abuse I experienced in my childhood. Sadly, my mother turned to drugs when I was just 8 years old. She became addicted to methamphetamine and needless to say, it was devastating for my family. My brother and I were severely neglected during this time and were put into some very uncomfortable situations. Drug dealers coming and going, a missing mother for extended periods of time, strange paraphernalia around the house – we just couldn’t process it all. Luckily, after just a few months we were court ordered to begin living with our father and the nightmare was over.

It took me years to come to terms with the fact that I would never be able to accept my past and continue positively into my future without help. Asking for help is not always easy, but keep in mind that no one should have to keep abuse a secret. No one is meant to handle it alone.

Unfortunately, I have also had many friends and family members who have struggled severely with their own mental health. However, often times the illness continues untreated because people will not help themselves. No one on earth can help you if you aren’t willing to help yourself. This is a problem that I struggled with for years. I put my family and friends through hell from time to time because I was miserable and they didn’t know why. It wasn’t until I revealed the intricacies of my abuse and asked for help that I was able to separate myself from the events and know that my abuse does not define me as a person. I was a victim of abuse, but I am not my abuse.

If you are going through an emotionally trying time or are trying to come to terms with past events, I urge you to first think of your family before you continue on your current path. Many people fall into a black hole of depression and don’t know how to get out and/or simply give up. You must remember that it is not the job of your loved ones to lift you up, you have to want help first.

Just because you are suffering from a mental illness does not mean that the world has to treat you differently. It is your job to work towards you mental health goals, thus, you can move into a better future that you create for yourself. Again, imagine your friends and family. Do they bring a sense of well-being and helpfulness into your life (or at least try)? What are they receiving in return? If the answer is only anger, sadness, and no appreciation because of your mental illness, then it’s time to take a stand against your mental health. The fact of the matter is your mental health may be affecting theirs.

I understand this all too well, I tried to hold in the sadness and anger I had for my past and of course, it didn’t work. I went through spouts of deep depression and occasionally dragged friends and family members down with me or didn’t speak to them at all. It was absolutely not a way to live.

On the other end of the spectrum, if you have a loved one whose mental health is suffering, you may understand how incredibly trying it can be to try to make the situation better. The truth is, you can’t. No amount of love or friendship can erase a traumatic experience and if it isn’t dealt with, the emotional scarring may only deepen.

Regularly, those who suffer from emotional damage turn to drugs in order to self-medicate the pain that they feel. This may occur because of a lack of support or a suspected lack of support, especially if the victim is young. They may feel like there is no one to turn to, no one will listen, or that no one will believe them. I am genuinely lucky that I never seriously turned to drugs or alcohol. Several of my friends and family members used drugs as an escape for the anguish that they endured.

If you believe that someone in your life may have gone through a traumatic life experience, please offer to be a part of their support system. Strangely enough, I never considered therapy or counseling until I had become an adult, years after my abuse took place. All it took was one little seed planted in my head by a loved one and I knew that’s what I needed to do. So, just know that all it takes is letting the person know that there are options available – they do not have to continue suffering. It may take some time for them to come to terms with this fact and ask for help, but someone who wants to be healthy will eventually take the first step towards a better life.

Trisha is a writer from Boise, ID. She is a dedicated vegan who promotes an all-around healthy lifestyle, including mental health. You can find her on twitter @thatdangvegan or check out her blog thatdangvegan.com 

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