Positive Words Can Literally Alter Your Brain

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Written by: Kat Gal

Did you know that words can literally change who you are?

Yep, it’s no joke. Negative words – spoken, written, or simply thought – can have a negative effect on your brain, mental and physical health and your entire life. On the other hand, positive words can change your life and change you for the better.

Words And You

According to Andrew Newberg, MD and Mark Robert Waldman, authors of Words Can Change Your Brain, each word has the power to actually change the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress; therefore, words can truly change your brain.

Positive words, such as “love” or “peace” may promote cognitive functioning, strengthen the frontal lobes, build resiliency and create motivation in your life. Whereas hostile words can disrupt genes that would produce neurochemicals protecting your from stress, therefore leading to worry, fear and other negativity.

Even a single negative word can lead to the release of stress-producing hormones and neurotransmitters that can shut down logical reasoning in the frontal lobes.

Words And Water

Considering the same idea, a study was done in Japan on water. A group of 2000 people focused positive intention towards water samples in a shielded room in California. The ice crystals formed in the samples were photographed and studied.

The results are indescribable and show how our intentions can influence the structure of water. Think about this next time you drink water. Maybe send some positive intentions, blessings, or stick some happy sticky notes on your bottle.

Words and Food

Another experiment has been circulating on the web with rice. People are using 2 or 3 buckets of rice. One bucket of rice ‘receives’ positive intentions, blessings and nice words. Another one is being ignored. And the third one is being told hateful and negative words throughout the experiment.

While the rice that receives positivity remains in perfect condition, the other two become moldy and disgusting. The rice that is being ignored turns even uglier than the one getting hatred. Seems like any words are better than no words, but positive words have a wonderful effect even on our food.

Healing Affirmations

Since words have such power on our lives, no wonder affirmations are so popular and healing. They can literally change you, not only your thoughts and well-being, but your physiology.

To use affirmations, it is best to stand in front of your mirror, make eye-contact with yourself and say them out loud. But you can do them quietly, in writing and without a mirror as well. It is best to do this throughout the day at least 3 times, repeating each affirmation 3-5 times. There is no maximum amount of times you can use affirmations.

Some positive healing affirmations you can use:

  • I am happy, healthy and safe.
  • I experience abundance in my life.
  • I am love, loving and only see love.
  • I attract positive energy.
  • I am grateful for every moment in my life.
  • I am energetic and youthful.
  • I enjoy eating whole and living foods and they are healing my body.
  • I cultivate beautiful human relationships.
  • I love and accept myself.
  • I am safe.
  • I am living my dream life. 

How do words affect you on a daily basis? Have you tried affirmations? How did they transform your health and happiness levels? Share in the comments below. As always, we’d love to hear from you.

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Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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