Positive thoughts and feelings are like hi-test fuel for your brain.
Capturing – labeling, wallowing, and replaying – positive thoughts and feelings will spark the release of even more positive-producing hormones, chemicals, and connecting agents in your brain.
It’s science, not hocus-pocus or feel good mumbo-jumbo.
Positive thoughts and emotions light-up our brains in all the right places, giving us the fuel we need to move forward in a positive direction.
The next time you are feeling particularly perky and positive, warm and fuzzy, or cozy and comfy – capture the moment by:
1. Labeling it.
“Hey, this feels good.” “I feel great.” “I like this.” “I’m happy!” “This feels wonderful.”
2. Wallowing in it.
Think of this step as slipping into a warm bath or soaking-up the sun. (Create the image that works for you – personalizing this step is super important; create the image(s) that work best for you, then allow yourself a moment or two to really let the feeling wash over you. The goal is to come-up with a quick and easy way to imprint the feeling – if conjuring up an image doesn’t work for you, no problem, just let the feeling flow throughout your body.)
3. Replaying it – at will.
Have you ever had one of those moments when the thought of something that happened or what someone did randomly pops into you head and you LOL? That’s the feeling we are going for here, except that we are going to bring the thought back intentionally and allow any and all the good feelings to flow, just like the good feelings you get when you retell or remember a funny story, an episode of your personal “good-ol’ days or a joke.
(I know you can do this, because we do it all the time with negative thoughts. We rehash and relive each and every second of our drama/trauma moments – blow-by-blow, insult and injury. You see, those moments were highly charged, we allowed them to make an impression and they are easier to remember, but with practice you can do the same thing with everyday positive moments and memories, and then use them to recharge yourself.)
The goal is to capture yourself feeling good and give equal time and effort to imprinting those memories. You will build-up a reservoir of good feelings, which will eventually spill over onto your attitude and outlook. And, with time and you will catch yourself feeling happier and happier.
You can choose what you record and replay. Why not capture happy?