Jul
07
2013

 

It feels satisfying to be able to control various aspects of our lives. We can, to an extent, control what classes we take in school, where we live, where we apply meditationto work, what we eat for lunch and even what logic we put behind our arguments. So why does it seem like something as personal as our emotions are so often out of our range of control?

Salon’s interview with neuroscientist Richard Davidson revealed the science behind how happiness and health are connected and why emotions can actually be more controllable than you may think. Although the connection between health and happiness is a relatively new one, he stresses the relationship between the brain and the body’s biological processes. Those with more resilient emotional styles were even shown to have stronger immune systems.

From experience, we know that improvement comes from practice and training. It’s hard to be good at something the first time you try, whether it has to do with sports, academics, occupation, relationships, or life changes. This can be applied to our emotions too. The term “neuroplasticity” refers to the ability of our brain to change and adapt according to our experiences. This means that nothing is set in stone, no matter what age group you fall into.

If the routine that we repeatedly follow does not produce the results we want, why would we expect new results the next time we do it? Being different requires thinking differently and doing something different! For example, not many people see the true value of meditation, and they brush it off without considering that it might have the potential to bring change into their lives. It is a type of mental exercise that can center our thoughts and emotions and give us a new way to start training them and controlling them. Not only does it bring a sense of peace and calming, but it also encourages good habits within the mind.

But just as each person is unique, so is their emotional style and way of learning new things. We’re not suggesting that you attempt to completely change yourself as a person or get rid of any of the emotions that you have already. Rather, use new techniques to get in touch with your unique emotional style, and start thinking of emotions as something that can intentionally be refined and developed. Don’t be afraid to take control of your life! By developing your brain, you can improve your emotional stability, and by improving your emotional stability, you can boost your health. Never stop yourself from being healthy, happy, and in control! Do what feels good, even if it’s a little scary, chances are you will survive with a smile.

 

To read more about the Science of our Emotions click HERE.

Affirmation: All is well in my world – Louise Hay

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“America’s Happyologist” Jackie Ruka is a lifestyle expert and inspiration coach , who founded the Get Happy Zone (www.gethappyzone.com) personal development organization. She is also the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “Get Happy and Create a Kick Butt Life, a Toolbox for Rapidly Activating the Life You Desire.” Contact Jackie and take her Become Fearless Quiz online at www.tinyurl.com/HappinessQuiz.

 

 

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