Feel Good On Demand With These Brain Hacks
You Can Use Your Brain to Help Depression and Master the Law of Attraction with Brain Hacks
The brain is an amazing organ. It does its job of learning, adapting and keeping us alive and functioning in the physical world very well. Even so, it does make its share of mistakes.
Many times these mistakes can create feelings of depression or other negative feelings. By learning some simple techniques we can turn this around and use the brain’s susceptibility to mistakes to our advantage.
Use your own brain to help depression, anxiety or any negative feelings.
What Are Brain Hacks?
Brain Hacks, like hacking into computers, is a way to change the way a system works. When hacking into computers, hackers are changing the way computer software operates.
When it comes to Brain Hacks we are hacking into our own brain and making some adjustments. This allows us to make the brain operate the way we want, rather than letting it go on auto-pilot.
The brain is a system of prediction and anticipation. It uses past experiences, memories and what it knows about the world to keep us a step ahead of everything that is going on.
Unfortunately, the brain is sometimes a little too efficient and as a result, we have certain emotions, behaviors, and patterns in life that are not useful and can even be harmful.
Such is the case with persistent depression and anxiety.
Here are a few tricks you can use to trick the brain into thinking it is happy even when going through a difficult time.
To learn more ways to stay positive and feel better on those not-so-good days try reading, How To Be Happy When You’re Not.
Put a Pen Between Your Teeth
The middle sections of the pen should be between your teeth (like in the picture) with the two ends sticking out of the sides of your mouth. Don’t let your lips touch the pen and push the pen back as far as it will comfortably go.
Notice how your mouth makes a smile? You are using the very same muscles to hold the pen in your teeth as you do to smile.
Your brain takes input from the muscles in your face. Based on your past experiences of being happy when you smile the brain assumes you are happy.
In accordance, your brain will begin producing feel good, happy chemicals. Who knew a pen could be a natural anti-depressant?
When researchers hook people up to machines that measure brain waves, they have found the exact same area of the brain lights up when you think about or remember something as when you were physically looking at the object or experiencing it in the first place.
This means, your brain cannot tell the difference between what you see with your physical eyes and what you are seeing with your mind’s eye.
So you can very easily visualize yourself into happiness.
Think of the song “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” from the movie The Sound of Music. There is a lot more to that song than a catchy tune.
People were made to move. Probably due to evolutionary reasons (when we needed to be moving a lot in order to survive). As such our brains will actually enter into a depressed state when the body is not in motion for long periods of time.
Even worse, when you experience a lot of stress, anxiety or depression you produce chemicals throughout your body that in large doses are harmful and toxic, both physically and mentally.
These chemicals create problems from tense muscles to even lethal illness, such as heart problems. They also contribute to sensations of anxiety and depression. So even when you’re not anxious or depressed you feel like you are.
Exercise, even as simple as taking a leisurely walk, will prompt the brain to produce our feel-good chemicals. And those unwanted toxic chemicals will begin to move through and out of the body.
The harder the workout the more feel-good chemicals are produced, so working up a sweat and getting out of breath brings the most benefit.
Simply state an affirmation out loud. Any positive affirmation will work. Such as, “I feel good today” or “I am happy.”
It may seem simple, but when your brain hears something, it processes the auditory information and believes it.
The trick is to keep saying the affirmation over and over so it is not overridden by any negative thoughts you may have.
The more often you say the affirmation – the stronger the neural connection becomes and the truer it will feel. It also attracts more things into your life that make you feel good.
Do Something You Love
You may not realize it, but the brain is only able to focus on one thing at a time. Although we live in a world that encourages and idealizes multitasking, the brain is simply unable to do it.
When we are multi-tasking the brain is actually switching back and forth at a rapid pace. It switches back and forth so quickly it feels as though we are focused on more than one thing. Yet we are actually giving less than 100% to each thing we are trying to do or think about.
But you can use this to your advantage to uplift your mood in many ways.
As mentioned above visualizations and affirmations are a great way to choose what your brain is focused on, but you can also change your focus by doing things you love.
By partaking in activities that you enjoy and feel passionate about you are focused on what makes you feel good and the brain responds by producing feel-good chemicals that change your mood and make you feel better.
Try listening to music you love, spending time with friends or loved ones or reading a book just for the fun of it.
Be Around Happy People
Right behind your forehead, located at the front of your brain, are what is called the Mirror Neurons. Just as the name implies, the mirror neurons are responsible for mirroring what we see others doing or feeling.
It is why we feel empathy and are so adept at reading facial expressions and body language. It is also why we feel the need to yawn when someone else does, and why we feel thirsty when watching someone take a drink of their beverage.
As the brain assesses a situation it takes in cues from various sensory inputs, including what other people are doing, thinking and feeling.
That information combined with what the brain is anticipating (based on past experiences) it decides on how to react, how to think, and how to feel.
Being around happy people or looking at images of people who are happy will activate your empathy. As you imagine what they’re feeling you are activating several areas of the brain. All of which create the sensation of being happy yourself.
Not to mention being around people who are positive and happy will surround you with vibration raising positive energy.
Keep It Up
These Brain Hacks are simple techniques that you can use anytime to change the way you feel. The trick is simply to remember to use them. However, they will only help depression if there is not a persistent deeper issue that needs to be addressed. If that is the case for you, please seek the help you need and deserve.
I’d love to hear what you think and let us know if you have any other feel-good Brain Hacks to help depression or to master the Law of Attraction in the comments section.
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Continued reading for changing your thoughts and working the law of attraction
- Success and Hard Work May Not Have the Connection You Think
- Joy is a Gift: Get Your’s Today
- How to be Happy When You’re Not
- Feel Good On Demand with These Brain Hacks
- Gratitude: Our Greatest Tool
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