The Science Behind Positive Affirmations

Published Date 7/29/2016
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Sometimes finding peace and positivity is a chemical experience.

Sometimes finding peace and positivity is a chemical experience.

Positive affirmations make you feel better about yourself and help you focus on your goals. As it turns out, scientific research suggests that they also produce chemical changes in the brain and create tangible benefits for those who use them. If you've avoided positive affirmations in the past because they seemed hokey or ineffectual, you might want to consider the evidence that suggests otherwise.

Positive Affirmations Can Strengthen Nerve Connections

Just as you make connections between certain feelings and activities, the nerve pathways related to those associations make connections, as well. If you were told of a loved one's passing while you ate your favorite food, for instance, you might thereafter dislike the dish. 

Positive affirmations create positive connections between nerves in your brain. When you think positive thoughts, your brain releases chemicals related to those positive emotions. The same happens when you think negative thoughts.

Those connections create a "neuro-net," according to an article by Sam Page, that develops over your entire lifespan. If you reinforce connections between two emotions or situations, you'll continue to experience the same result. Positive affirmations, however, send your brain a different signal and help resolve negativity. If you struggle with negativity, consulting a psychic line might help you identify the reasons.

Creating Connections You Don't Mean — Yet

Let's say, for example, that experience has taught you that hope leads to disappointment. Every time you feel a surge of hope, something happens to let you down.

To reverse that self-taught lesson, you might repeat the positive affirmation "I feel hopeful, and I'm confident that good things will come." You might not believe it, but you tell yourself that statement several times a day.

In response, your brain creates neural connections between the state of feeling hopeful and the confidence in a positive outcome. Your brain chemistry changes based on what you say and repeat rather than what you actually believe.

Positive Affirmations Create Increased Error-Related Negativity

This might sound like a bad thing, but scientists at Carnegie Melon University discovered that heightened error-related negativity — a measurable brain response to mistakes — actually creates a positive result. In a study on 38 undergraduates, researchers encouraged positive affirmations in one group and discouraged them in another. They then performed a series of tests with the subjects hooked up to EKGs.

The results showed that the positive affirmation group performed better on the tests, but had higher negative brain responses to errors. This suggests that positive affirmations have a positive impact on productivity and accuracy.

People Are Flexible and Adaptable

Scientific research suggests that people can adapt and change with evolving circumstances. Just because you feel a certain way today doesn't mean you'll continue to feel that same way in the future. Positive affirmations create a passive vehicle for changing how you view the world even when you don't currently feel capable.

If you have never done positive affirmations, consider consulting an online psychic. He or she can help you create affirmations specific to your struggles and obstacles. Affirmations like "I am worthy" and "I am calm" can help you battle negative emotions that prevent you from becoming successful or moving forward in your life.


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