What do Positive Thinking your brain


Fredrickson tested the impact of positive

emotions on the brain by setting up a little

experiment. During this experiment, she

divided her research subjects into five groups

and showed each group different film clips.

The first two groups were shown clips that

created positive emotions. Group 1 saw

images that created feelings of joy. Group 2

saw images that created feelings of


Group 3 was the control group. They saw

images that were neutral and produced no

significant emotion.

The last two groups were shown clips that

created negative emotions. Group 4 saw

images that created feelings of fear. Group 5

saw images that created feelings of anger.

Afterward, each participant was asked to

imagine themselves in a situation where

similar feelings would arise and to write down

what they would do. Each participant was

handed a piece of paper with 20 blank lines

that started with the phrase, “I would like to…”

Participants who saw images of fear and anger

wrote down the fewest responses. Meanwhile,

the participants who saw images of joy and

contentment, wrote down a significantly higher

number of actions that they would take, even

when compared to the neutral group.

In other words, when you are experiencing

positive emotions like joy, contentment, and

love, you will see more possibilities in your

life. These findings were among the first that

suggested positive emotions broaden your

sense of possibility and open your mind up to

more options.

But that was just the beginning. The really

interesting impact of positive thinking happens


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