Your Thoughts May Be Killing You

Back in the 1990s we learned a few things about neuroplasticity and neurogenesis and how the human brain continues to grow and change throughout our lives.  Every time we learn something new, new neural connections are formed. As you read this and make sense of the words, your brain is literally changing.And like every other muscle in the body, the more you use certain regions of the brain the stronger they grow.

Since the Decade of the Brain, we've learned much more about neuroplasticity and the mind-body connection. Recent studies show that we can change our brain just by thinking, and those thoughts create feelings which change the body.

Whatever you spend your time mentally attending to, this is what you are and what you’ll become. Recent studies show that we can change our brain just by thinking.  You’ve heard the phrase, “mind over matter”? New research would argue that mind IS matter in the way it influences the rest of the body.  

Psychoneuroimmunology, also known as PNI, is an important, relatively new field that explores the mind-body connection. PNI studies have found may correlations between life events and health effects.

One important finding in this body of research is that emotional states affect immunity, and we are gaining a clearer understanding of the links between lifestyle and personality factors and overall well-being and health as research continues.

Here is the simple explanation:  Where you focus your thought processes influences the whole body: the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system.  Your thoughts release chemicals called neurotransmitters.  These chemicals are transmitted to the body where they act as messengers of thought.  The thoughts that produced those chemicals allow your body to feel exactly the way you were thinking.  So, every thought or emotion releases chemicals that create that feeling in your body.  In response to that bodily feeling, the brain generates thoughts that produce more chemicals as it processes that feeling. 

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Thinking creates feeling and feeling creates thinking. This loop creates a state of being. Positive thoughts create positive feelings in the body which generate more positive thoughts.  Negative thoughts create negative feelings in the body which generate more negative feelings.

We literally become what we repeatedly think about.

So,  ask yourself what do you spend most of your time thinking about?

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