The SnowBall Effect of Thinking
You may have observed a snowball falling from a high mountain, as it rolls down, the more snow attaches to it and the bigger it becomes. A snowball effect is a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger (graver, more serious)
It might be interesting to learn that the same snowball effect applies to our thinking process. According to this effect, whatever we think we reinforce it by thinking of it again and again (overthinking). This applies to both sides -positivity and negativity. The more positive You think, the more positive vibes You’ll share with the universe and the more worthy things with be magnetized towards you and vice versa for negative thinking.
Suppose the example of Sara, my fictitious character:
Sara is a moody girl, She thinks that attitude is a price tag to show one’s value to belongings. She is at a point where she can’t distinguish between self-respect and self-worship (Narcissism). Sara’s best friend asks her for a favour but Sara refuses to do so because of her busyness although she has nothing to do except to sleep. Sara admires her faults and always blows her own trumpet. As the excess of anything is dangerous, Sara is now all alone, she was never able to find true friends because she only wanted to seek, instead of seeking and returning.
Sara Now thinks that everyone is so selfish, true feelings have vanished, the world is on the verge of destruction. Sara’s boyfriend who is with her only because he is a trained minion in dealing with such people is also going to leave her.
Sara’s opinion about the society is getting worst and worst. She has now developed a habit of finding negative points in every situation.The snowball of negative thoughts is getting bigger and bigger destroying her paradigms and reshaping them in a destructive way.
Now consider the example of another fictitious character, she is Noreen
Noreen is a poor housewife. Her husband is a Bus conductor with a monthly wage less than the average per capita income of the country. Noreen is keenly observing all the phenomenon, she is very optimistic about the change, she believes in playing her positive role in the family. She asks her Husband to talk to NGO that gives small loans to needy, After receiving the loan, she starts a Sewing training school in her area. Now she has done with the debts, she has thus generated another source of income for her home.
From both of above fictitious cases, we can readily observe that how our thinking affects our actions and how our actions make us or break us. Take care of Your thinking, it will be converted into actions and actions defines you so in short, You are what you think and How you think.
According to new researches in Neuroscience, it has been proved that the brain changes its wirings according to our thinking, thus the connection between the neurons changes in a way we think.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to reorganize its cells by forming new neural connections throughout the life. This helps the brain to reorganise its cells in such a way so that it can compensate for the loss of damaged cells and it can adjust the activity in response to the change in situations or environment.
Neuroplasticity is related to happiness according to recent researches. Actually, this is a type of change in brain cells that can be accomplished by continual exposure to a thought of particular type. We can temporarily or for long-run change the pattern of thinking and ultimately the way we behave.
The reward-related neurotransmitters like dopamine are more likely to flow higher when we practice gratitude, when we practice feelings of positivity or when we are exposed to positive thoughts. Thus, mental activity can help to change our neural activity which in turn can change our behaviour.
That’s the so reason it is said that “Healthy mind and healthy body are related to each other”
That’s not just about the happiness but many things like wealth, contentment etc can be achieved by practice of thinking. When you think positive, more positivity comes to you.
A person looking for gratitude and positivity in every field of life is generally believed to embrace more happiness. If John thinks that Jack is a bad roommate who has always been making his life worst, He hates Jack for his presence even and ultimately he will note just bad stuff related to jack. His feeling of hate gets worse and so does the connections of neurons in his brain are getting stronger on this issue. This makes him feel bad and is also responsible for his faulty paradigms.
However, If the same John thinks that although Jack is bad in some chores, he is lazy, he is not social, he is spend-thrift but instead of all these negative emotions He is a good and loyal friend, He is always helping people and so on. All this can create a feeling of gratitude and love in John’s heart for Jack, destroying all negativity and thus creating happiness, releasing happy chemicals and making him more empathic instead of judgemental. More happiness related neurotransmitters will be released and more connections among good brain cells will be developed. Below is all about How to be Happy
Look at the Positive side of things:
The world is full of things that can make you feel low, that can lower your level of self-esteem, that can make you criticise yourself for no reason or for the reasons unworthy of considering. Self-criticism is a good thing but just according to an extent, an excess of anything is dangerous. Learn to value yourself, think positive about any situation that you are facing. Accept the reality and try to alter the things you think are changeable. Most of the times it is not the situation but our thinking about it that makes it better or good. Thomas Edison tried many times for getting the proper material for the filament of an electric bulb. But failed for thousands of times. After massive attempts, he finally succeeded. Now tell me “How many times you tried?”
It is the behaviour in a negative situation that can transform it in positivity, Edison’s assistant even complained about the failures but Edison didn’t consider failures as failures but he thought them as lessons. He replied to his assistant that “We have learnt thousands of methods that cannot be used for making a bulb”
Have you noticed, how positively he responded to the failures? Such are the people who succeed.
Avoid Negativity from ruining your selected goal, At times we tend to think negatively, we think that we are not capable of this particular act. It is the time when we have to look forward towards the source of motivation, towards our goal as it’s the force that provides us with the energy to keep moving forward, Alter your behavior about thinking about a situation, most of the times with negative thinking, things tend to be more negative and same is the case for opposite i.e with positive thinking, things start moving towards a positive side.
If you feel worse about a situation and can do nothing to change it, just close your eyes and think about all the good in that situation. Maybe a failure has occurred because of your own mistake and now this has taught you to change yourself, to work on yourself and to strive for more excellence.
Cut off with all the negative things for a short period of time, write down the things that make you feel low and that you can’t do anything to change them. Go outside with friends, do exercise and live a healthy life by all means.
Stay positive. Stay consistent, keep on keeping on.