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Positive Words Can Change Your Brain

words can change your brainThe positive words you choose to use can literally change your brain.

While researching about positive words this article came up: “Speak with kindness: How your words literally restructure your brain“. From this article you can understand the followings:

Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert, have written together the book, “Words Can Change Your Brain.” In this book, they write, “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” When we use positive words like “love”, “peace” and “loving-kindness”, we can modify our brain functions by increasing cognitive reasoning and strengthening areas in our frontal lobes. Using positive words more often than negative words can activate the motivational centers of the brain, propelling them into action.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, when we use negative words, we are preventing certain neurochemicals from being produced which contribute to stress management. So, when we allow negative words and concepts into our thoughts, we are increasing the activity in our brain’s fear center (the amygdala), and causing stress-producing hormones to flood our system. These hormones and neurotransmitters interrupt the logic and reasoning processes in the brain and inhibit normal functionality. Newberg and Waldman write, “Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes.”

An excerpt from their book tells us how using the positive words can literally change our reality:

“By holding a positive and optimistic [word] in your mind, you stimulate frontal lobe activity. This area includes specific language centers that connect directly to the motor cortex responsible for moving you into action. And as our research has shown, the longer you concentrate on positive words, the more you begin to affect other areas of the brain.

Functions in the parietal lobe start to change, which changes your perception of yourself and the people you interact with. A positive view of yourself will bias you toward seeing the good in others, whereas a negative self-image will include you toward suspicion and doubt. Over time the structure of your thalamus will also change in response to your conscious words, thoughts, and feelings, and we believe that the thalamic changes affect the way in which you perceive reality.”

A study done by Positive Psychology further elaborates on the effects of using positive words. A large group of adults aged 35-54 were asked to write down three things that went well for them that day, including an explanation of why. This exercise is also called “the gratitude and appreciation journal”. Over the next three months, their degrees of happiness continued to increase, and their feelings of depression continued to decrease, even though they had discontinued the writing experiment. By focusing and reflecting on positive language, thoughts, feelings, and emotions, we can improve our overall well-being and increase the functionality of our brain.

What words do you choose to focus your energy on? If you notice your life isn’t exactly “happy,” try carrying a journal with you, for a week, to keep track of how often you use positive words. Then insert your written thoughts in our online free application Positive Words Researcher and check the words you have used in your thinking in the last week. The online tool also gives you a list of positive words not thought of you, so you can learn new ones and improve your positive thinking.


Researching more about positive words the next article came up: Words Can Change Your Brain.

The author of this article start with a funny affirmation: “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can change your brain. That’s right.”.

From this article, you can understand that positive words can “alter the expression of the genes”, “propel the motivational centers of the brain into action” and “build resiliency”.

In comparison with good words, “angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes,” write Newberg and Waldman in the book “Words Can Change Your Brain”.


Researching, even more, another article came up: How Do Words, such as Yes and No, Change Our Brains and Lives?

This author of this article writes about the neuroscience of language, consciousness, and communication. One of the conclusions written in the article is ” to modify Compassionate Communication in a fundamental way: when conversing with others, we should limit ourselves, whenever possible, to speaking for 20 or 30 seconds, for even a single sentence can contain more than 4 chunks of information. When we limit ourselves to this 30-second “rule,” the brain quickly adapts by filtering out irrelevant information. There’s another advantage to speaking briefly: it interrupts our ability to express negative emotions.”


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World Happiness Reports

World Happiness ReportsThe World Happiness Reports are surveys of the state of global happiness. The happiness reports are prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute from Columbia University.

The first report was published in 2012, the second in 2013, the third in 2015 and the forth during 2016.

Leading experts across fields (economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more) describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations. The reports review the state of happiness in the world today. It show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness. They reflect a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as a criteria for government policy.

The last issued World Happiness Report

Download the last issued world happiness report. Every new report is uploaded in this main page.

The World Happiness Reports issued in the past

Take a look at all of the past reports. All these reports will make a valuable resource in few years. With these reports, people have a clearer view of the reasons why people are happy and what are the efficient tools to increase the happiness level of a country. A lot of data was gathered to make this reports, which will be compared with future reports, to look for improvements.

2016 World Happiness Report

The World Happiness Report 2016, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released on 16 March 2016. The happiness report was released in Rome. The releasing date was in advance with four days of the UN International Day of Happiness. The United Nations World Happiness Day is celebrated every year on March 20th.

According to the 2016 world happiness report the happiest country in the world is Denmark. Also according to this happiness report Syria, Afghanistan and other 8 similar countries are the most unhappy places on earth. As an example, Romania has been placed on 71 place, before Estonia, Hungary and other 83 countries.

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A Letter to Myself with Positive Thoughts

Give 5 Positive Words Gift 6Hi, my name is Elena and I am the founder of Positive Words Research.

Here are some positive things I say to myself:

Hope:  Eventually things work out.

Blessed Joy:  You are now blessed with Joy, Loving-kindness, Gratitude, Appreciation and Well-being.

Fabulous:  Something fabulous is happening now somewhere in the world. I wonder what?

Light:  ☀️ There is only light and lack of light.

Luck:  🍀 Luck favors the prepared mind.

Self-love:  I love myself. Yes completely.

Love: I love people, but people super love me.

Alive, Success, Chances:   Yes you can have success. As long as you are alive, your success chances are, in anything you want, no doubt about it, above 0%. Only when you will be dead, your success chances will decrease to 0%. But I always say: because God is having my back, my success chances are close to 1 million %.

Happiness, Connect, Appreciation, Awareness:   If you cannot contribute to the happiness of a person, at least appreciate it, do not put effort to decrease it so that after, you ask forgiveness. Connecting with someone is not as important as the happiness of another. Anyway, we are all already connected. Allow people to be happy and practice the art of appreciation. And if you want to connect, connect to appreciate. Don’t be afraid to give feedback but give it using appreciation. And something else, appreciation comes from awareness.

Safe:   It is safe to open my heart and connect with others.

Gift:  I am a gift to the world.

Acceptance:  I accept myself unconditionally and fully.

Self-forgiveness:  I forgive myself for everything from my past, present and future. I consider that I am forgiven by all other people, life and God.

Abundance:  We live in heaven on Earth. Abundance is everywhere on Earth. Awareness and choice in the present moment make me realize this truth.

Loving-kindness:  Love is loving-kindness. Loving-kindness is kindness. Therefore love is always kindness. All that is not kindness, is not love.

God:  God is everything, including me.

Heart:   I connect with my heart and with the hearts of other people alive now on Earth. Billions of hearts beating in the same time. Including mine.

Enough: I am always enough. Every day I am enough, regardless of my health, successes, happiness level, wealth, thoughts.

Let-go:  I let-go of everything until today. There are all only concepts.

Well-being:   There is only a river of well-being pouring over me at all times.

Happiness:   I am happiness.

Health:   I love my body. I bless it with pure love and light. Health is my wealth.

Grateful:  I am grateful for the air I breath now.

Life:   Only because I exist now and breath in this world I have done my work. I am my purpose and I am already here.

Relief:  No matter what happens in a day, as long as I live, the end is always the same. I go to sleep.

Positivity:   I am for positivity, not against negativity. I allow everything to exist. I am not God, just a part of Him, doing work in my part, adding energy to the things I love, that inspire me, make me feel alive. I have this right, because I am here.

Contrast, Life, Perfect: I appreciate the contrast of life. For example people say I am not perfect but I AM PERFECT. And so are they, but they say they’re not. If I would tell them what else I AM… hmmm they would probably… be happy for me

Love:  Stay in love vibration.

Trust:  Trust yourself – you can do this. There is no way you can fail unless you choose to not show up, or choose to not do the work.

Given:  I’ve already been given everything.

Grateful, Precious:   I am grateful for myself, I am a human precious for the entire universe.

Future:  Whatever I’m thinking about is literately like planning a future event. – from Abraham-Hicks

Money:  It’s the other way around. Money is constantly striving to get me. – from wellbeingalignment.com/law-of-abundance. I get paid for being me. – from Christie Marie Sheldon. Pay myself first. More moneyis coming to me every day.

Ease:  I receive abundance and prosperity because of my ease.

Intent:  Today, no matter where I’m going and no matter what I’m doing, it is my dominant intent to see that which I am wanting to see. – from Abraham-Hicks

Meditation:  Sleep is the best meditation. – from Dalai Lama IVX.   Meditation is relaxation.

Unpleasant:  When something is unpleasant I say to myself: Everything creating this delete, uncreate and distory throughout all time, space and reality. – from Christie Marie Sheldon.

Realism:  Remember that realism is nothing but a socially acceptable form of pessimism. – from Vishen Lakhiani

Positive words:  Focus on positive words by researching them and you will feel amazing and always find the answers that you are looking for.

Connecting the dots:  You cannot connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect the dots looking backwards.

Heart:  Follow the desire of your heart! When you follow the desire of your heart, everything else shows up.

Life:  Why? For more Life. This is the reason why all happens. For more growth of life.

Success:  FOCUS / DECIDE / FOLLOW THROUGH

Deserve:  I so deserve happiness and abundance. We all do. I allow this energy. Easy and happy actions. Rewarding actions.

Faith:   The universe has the facility to orchestrate circumstances and events to accommodate everyone. – from Abraham – Hicks

Life:  FOCUS ON BUILDING A LIFE.

Fun:   I am here on Earth to have a lot of love and fun.

Thoughts:  Negative thoughts are weak. A single positive thought is stronger than 1000 negative thoughts.