Thinking is something we do constantly, without ceasing and without effort. We use our conscious brains when awake, and our subconscious brains think for us when we are asleep. Our neurons and synapses are an amazing map of memories, thoughts, and senses that all work together to run our body systems and help us think.
Our thinking even effects our overall health and how well our body systems run. How is that so? Well, positive thinking versus negative thinking have different effects on our bodies. According to the National Science Foundation, the University of Maryland did a study in 2005 on the human brain and found the following to be true:
“The average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are exactly the same repetitive thoughts as the day before and about 80% are negative.”
Negative thoughts can cause stress reactions in our brains and even in other parts of our bodies. A good example of this is a person having a stroke after receiving bad news. While preexisting conditions may have a correlation with the events, the cause was the stress reaction the brain and body had due to hearing the bad news.
Another issue that has been correlated to negative thinking and constant stress is over or underproduction of hormones, which can cause issues with reproduction, joint pain, and weight issues. Constant stress and negative thinking can also cause swelling of the brain, which causes migraine headaches. There are numerous ways that negative thinking and stress can harm the body and cause problems in the overall functioning of the body.
So how can we change this? The most simple and applicable solution to changing negative thoughts and stress is simply to become aware of our negative thoughts. Founder of Whole Health Chiropractic and Spa and Q4 Synergy Technique, Dr. Teresa Jones, often speaks on this issue. Dr. Jones teaches tapping techniques, health and essential oils classes, and often puts on seminars for Q4 Synergy where she speaks exclusively about how to change our thinking. Dr. Jones says that every ten seconds we have the opportunity to change the way we think and choose to think positively. When we choose to think positively our brain chemistry changes, our moods change, and our body systems work how the should. Your brain and your body will thank you for your positive thoughts.
The best start to a healthy body and mind is truly to change the way we think. A little positivity goes a long way in the way we train our body and minds to function.