“The words you speak become the house you live in.”
Regardless of whether you agree or not, the words we use can literally change our lives.
“But how?”, one might ask.
Dr. Andrew Newberg, a well-known neuroscientist at Thomas Jefferson University, and Mark Robert Waldman, a communications expert collaborated on this topic and they published a book called “Words Can Change Your Brain.”
In their book, they explain how positive thoughts have to power to affect our lives, or better yet how “a single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.”
According to their research, when we use more positive words like “peace”, “joy”, “ love” we change the way our brain functions by increasing our cognitive reasoning as well as strengthening the areas around our frontal lobes.
As a result, we activate our brain’s motivational centers.
On the other hand, when we choose to express ourselves with negative words, our organism is instructed to prevent the release of certain important neuro-chemicals that contribute to our stress management.
“Angry words send alarm messages through the brain, and they partially shut down the logic-and-reasoning centers located in the frontal lobes,” explain Newberg and Waldman.
The truth is, as humans we are all programmed to worry. It is our basic, primal instant to always focus on the worst possible scenario because that is our brain’s way of protecting us from potential threats and dangers.
But, when we allow the negative flow of thoughts and words into our system, we are actually increasing the activity in the fear center in our brain and as a result, we attack our body and flood our system by releasing stress hormones.
Furthermore, the book elaborates on how the right words can actually help us change our lives and restructure our brains:
Additionally, another study associated with the effect of positivity done by Positive Psychology chose a group of people aged from 35-54 and asked them to start writing at least three things they were proud of each day.
The results showed that by focusing on positive emotions, ideas and thoughts, we can eventually influence our overall well-being and improve both our mental and physical health.
So, what words do you usually use? What do you focus your energy on?
Feel free to share your thoughts and experience in the comment section below.
And remember. Words can create heaven. They can inspire. But they also have to power to destroy. Choose yours well.
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