According to neuroscience, our brain has the ability to create new neurons throughout your life.
By maximising opportunities to explore new avenues in learning, you can help your brain create neurons specific to each new task. We can sharpen our mind in on whatever work or interest you are currently pursuing, as focusing intently and doing it everyday will strength the existing synapses and create new ones.
According to neuroscience, our amazing organ brain has the ability to strengthen, weaken and change neural connections throughout your life and technically, its called neuroplasticity.
That means you don’t need to create new neurons in order to change your brain. You can change or re-wire the connections that are already present in the brain making them stronger or weaker depending upon your actions and the focus on your thoughts .
Neurons that fire together,wire together - and those that are no longer used become weak.
Thus, your brain can adapt to whatever comes in life, and you can focus and strengthen the parts of your brain that matter the most to you.
Your Mind Over Gray Matter
Your ability to create, visualise and empathise just by thinking can reshape your brain.
The way that you think – whether with positive or negative patterns – trains your brain into thinking that way more easily and robustly as time passes and can form habits.
Changing in your thinking patterns changes your brain structure, and you can shape your brain to better serve you in the new, happy, peaceful and successful life you design.
Imagination is reality
Your brain cannot differentiate between situations that you merely thinking about and things that are actually occurring.
If you spend time to think and focus upon what you want to happen – the way you would like a event happen or the way you want to deliver a speech – your brain will fire as if you were actually doing what you think about, strengthening synapses between brain areas as well as your muscles and organs. This makes it easier for you to actually perform any action that you desire, because your brain and body are prepared and ready to go. You can imagine yourself achieving your goals.
Meditation helps in calming and increase the gray matter in your brain.
Meditation be it mindful or any other Tibetan form, allow you to calm the limbic centers of your brain that are in charge of fear and anxiety allowing you better mental control over your emotions and granting you the ability to live in the present moment, free from stress and unwanted emotions.
Cognitive behavioural therapy is the ability to work with your thoughts and behaviours to change the way you cope psychologically.
By using the belief that your reactions to your thoughts are what causes emotions, you can train yourself to focus on the cognitive content of your reaction to upsetting events or stream of thought. Concentrating on your reactions to internal or external events will allow you better control over your negative emotions and allow you to truly tune into the life events and thoughts that make you feel think and act positive.
Research shows that self-affirming affirmations can lower the levels of stress hormones in our brains. And it could be that saying affirmations affects the Reticular Activating System, the part of our brain that tells us what to pay attention to and what not to.
When the brain feels gratitude, the parts of the brain that are activated include the ventral and dorsal medial pre-frontal cortex. These areas are involved in feelings of reward (the reward when stress is removed), morality, interpersonal bonding and positive social interactions, and the ability to understand what other people are thinking or feeling.
Gratitude also has the capacity to increase important neurochemicals. When thinking shifts from negative to positive, there is a surging of feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. These all contribute to the feelings of closeness, connection and happiness that come with gratitude when consistently practiced.
Mental contrasting for effective goal attainment:
Mental contrasting is balancing positive thinking about a desired outcome with a realistic look at the challenges and obstacles that might arise, to achieve goals.
Mental contrasting helps your subconscious understand and ties together the promise of future reward with obstacles which must be overcome in the present (e.g. do x,y, and z,, and you will receive your reward).
Scanning for positivity:
You can become more happy and positive than you are by systematically focusing on the bright side of things.
Human brains are more biased towards scanning or spotting negative or painful experiences. It takes conscious efforts to internalise positive experiences and heal the negative ones.
So even when we have good things happening around us, the pile of negative or bad memories naturally grow faster and the background experience of the day may turn out to be stressed, bad or not so great.
When we practice looking for and being more aware of positive aspects of life, we fight off the brain’s natural tendency to scan for and spot the negatives.
Accumulating Positive experiences or emotions everyday don’t just feel good in the moment.
Over time, they produce far-reaching benefits, including a stronger immune system and a cardiovascular system that is less reactive to stress.They lift your mood; increase optimism, resilience, and resourcefulness; and help counteract the effects of painful experiences, including trauma.