We have good days and we have bad days. We’re happy, we’re sad and we’re everything in between. We are multifaceted and we are meant to be that way.
It’s how we process our bad days however that keeps us in the shadows of life or brings us to the light.
Our real power lies in our reactions to the seemingly negative situations in life.
If a driver cuts us off in traffic, we can either get very angry or we can choose to think nothing of it and focus on the beautiful weather. These repeated choices create permanent pathways in the brain and quite literally rewire your brain to be happier by default. How cool is that?
This ability to rewire is due to what’s called Neuroplasticity. It’s the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.
Every action you take and even every thought you think quite literally changes or strengthens those pathways in your brain.
Everyone has what’s called a “Happiness Set Point”, it’s where they live by default. If you find yourself not being as happy in life as you’d like or having big highs and big lows, the good news is, you can reset your “Happiness Set Point”.
When you practice things like gratitude, optimism, self-compassion and when you consciously minimize outbursts or negative words and thoughts towards the self or others, the neurons in your brain form more and more connections. Over time that area of the brain grows and becomes much stronger.
Eventually you won’t see all the problems you once did, you won’t experience hardships or annoyances as you once did. You have quite literally rewired your brain to live a more positive and peaceful life.
And this doesn’t stop at happiness.
Many successful entrepreneurs and athletes attribute their success to this concept.They have rewired their brains to avoid limiting thoughts and to see challenges as opportunities. They’ve used this concept to help them win gold medals and form million dollar companies.
Our greatest limits are the ones we put upon ourselves. Happiness and success is a CHOICE.
So what are you going to do today to strengthen those positive neuron connections in your brain??