Frequent negativity is bad for your brain and your health

Frequent negativity is bad for your brain and your health

Our lifestyle, our behavior, our points of view, our thoughts, feelings and emotions can significantly influence the way that our brain is shaped. In other words, when we are constantly being negative we will transform our brain and our persona to be negative.  

According to Psych Pedia "Throughout our brain there is a collection of synapses separated by empty space called the synaptic cleft. Whenever we have a thought, one synapse shoots a chemical across the cleft to another synapse, thus building a bridge over which an electric signal can cross, carrying along its charge the relevant information we are thinking about.

Now scientists are beginning  to understand the ways in which we  can be the catalyst to reshaping the brain in amazing and unimaginable ways. In recent years, neuroscientists have discovered that the adult brain can actually rewire itself — changing its physical structure and function through experience, thoughts, and behavior. It’s a property known as neuroplasticity. 

Neuroplasticity (also known as brain plasticity science) is the study of a physical process. Brain plasticity is a common term used by neuroscientists, referring to the brain's ability to change at any age – for better or worse. According to brain plasticity science - gray matter can actually shrink or thicken; neural connections can be forged and refined or weakened and severed.   As you would imagine, this flexibility plays an incredibly important role in our brain development (or decline) and in shaping our distinct personalities.  Frequent negativity not only alters our brain for the worse but also has serious negative repercussions for our health and wellbeing.

Where we focus our attention determines our emotional state. When we fixate on the problems or negativities, we create and prolong negative emotions and stress. The negative emotional state keeps us weak and fragile, it allows us to give our power away to others. However, when we focus on possibilities instead of negativities, we create a sense of personal efficacy that produces positive emotions. All we have to do is choose to focus on a more pleasant outlook. 

Neuroscientists also have discovered that exposure to 30 minutes or more of negativity, including viewing such material on TV, actually peels away neurons in the brain's hippocampus. Our brain is effectively being rewired. We are reshaping our brain without realising it. These significant pieces of research are showing that - having a thought makes it easier for us to have that thought again. Our thoughts reshape our brain, and thus are changing a physical construct of reality. Synapses that fire together wire together. In fact, constant negative thoughts often cause us to repeatedly think more negative thoughts. Alarmingly, they also make it more likely that negative thoughts will occur simultaneously and randomly.  Being consistently negative starts to push our personality towards the negative.

We can play an active role in changing our brain and increase our well-being and the quality of life. As our feelings and thoughts focus on a more pleasant outlook, our brain is also transforming, making a expansive and generative way of thought more of a default.