In the United States and Canada, we have a day designated to celebrate “Thanks.” There are many things that most of us can think of to be thankful. But typically, it is just a fleeting thought because we are so accustomed to worrying about what is wrong. Worry is a negative thought. Thankfulness or gratitude is a positive thought.
There have been many studies about the brain. One important finding is that our thoughts actually form neuro pathways. When we consistently think negatively, we are actually forming pathways to that part of the brain. Once the pathways are formed, our thoughts “naturally” go the path of negativity. The great news is that we can change those pathways by retraining or “feeding” our brains with positive thoughts.
Being thankful is a positive thought but it can be much more. It can be a very powerful way to change your life. Years ago when I was running a large organization, I found the way to motivate people was to always be positive about what was going on. I noticed is was very hard for me to be positive. It didn’t come naturally. So, I challenged myself.
Every time I would think a negative thought, I would envision this electrical current making its way to a “negative” place in my brain. I would quickly reroute it by thinking something positive or using a positive affirmation. It became a game for me! I would actually visualize the electric current going to a “positive” place in my brain. Every day I became much more positive.
As we approach this holiday we call “Thanksgiving” I challenge you to be aware of your negative thoughts and quickly think of what you are grateful for. Really think about what is positive in your life. Say your positive thought out loud every time you think something negative. As you do this, you will find, life will become much lighter. Being positive fuels our zest for life, making it fun and joyous and more productive at work!