Like many of you I have recently been unwell with colds and various winter ills. Today I was beginning to feel a little sorry for myself when I noticed the stunning yellow hues of the daffodills defiantly blooming in the pots on my patio. I smiled and held the pleasing feeling inside me. Such promise of spring and all the brightness to come. I began to get a cascade of positivity which is much more my usual 'default' mental state!
So I encourage you to recognise the good experiences that happen every day in your life, and smile for a while appreciating each one! Believe me, those good moments are there, currently available and happening in your life every day. Enjoy them! Breath them in! Feel, hold and extend all positive experiences, don't let them slip by unnoticed because you are too busy or stuck in negative 'poor me' thoughts. It may be noticing beauty in a flower, or the joy of a child at play. It may be a smile from a stranger. Soak it up and feel your happiness bank fill up. Positive experiences and attitudes bring happiness. Happiness is good for your total wellness, including natural healing and immune function. Research has shown this to be true.
The following excerpt is taken with thanks from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-surprising-things-that-affect-your-brain.html#ixzz39TrMbcyM
In his book The Genie in Your Genes (Elite Books, 2009), researcher Dawson Church, PhD, explains the relationship between thought and belief patterns and the expression of healing- or disease-related genes. “Your body reads your mind,” Church says. “Science is discovering that while we may have a fixed set of genes in our chromosomes, which of those genes is active has a great deal to do with our subjective experiences, and how we process them.”
One recent study conducted at Ohio University demonstrates vividly the effect of mental stress on healing. Researchers gave married couples small suction blisters on their skin, after which they were instructed to discuss either a neutral topic or a topic of dispute for half an hour. Researchers then monitored the production of three wound-repair proteins in the subjects’ bodies for the next several weeks, and found that the blisters healed 40 percent slower in those who’d had especially sarcastic, argumentative conversations than those who’d had neutral ones.
Church explains how this works. The body sends a protein signal to activate the genes associated with wound healing, and those activated genes then code blank stem cells to create new skin cells to seal the wound. But when the body’s energy is being “sucked up” by the production of stress biochemicals like cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine, like it is during a nasty fight, the signal to your wound-healing genes is significantly weaker, and the repair process slows way down. By contrast, when the body is not preparing for a perceived threat, its energy stores remain readily available for healing missions.