Three Ways to Train Your Brain: Make the Good Stuff Stick

Abstract: This article speaks to the tendency of the brain to slip into negativity; as well as, the implications of staying in a negative vibration. Research suggests that we are able to rewire our brains to point to positivity more readily with mental exercises. The article provides three ways to train our brains; and, shift our mindset into positivity and high vibration.

More than ever, it feels like we are being faced with disjointed energies in our world, creating the propensity to land in negative thought processes and a glass-half-empty mindset. There is pervasive negativity, antagonism, and uneasiness everywhere we turn - in the news, on social media, and in interpersonal interactions. That can lead to us swimming in mental pond scum like distrust, angst, worry, and lack mindset. This type of mindset is a disservice to our life source and vitality. Swimming in mental pond scum is where our minds tend to rest, unless we are consciously filtering the water of our mind.

Various data suggests that it can take five-to-10 positive emotional experiences to counterbalance one negative emotional brain experience.  The more we allow feel-good sensations to permeate every single cell in our bodies, the more our brain is ready to flex its glass-half-full muscle.  Continuously swimming in mindset pond scum, overtime, can lead to ubiquitous negativity, stress, depleted energy stores, and negative health implications. However, when we filter the scummy waste out of our minds, we can boost our immune system, increase the longevity of our lives, and feel unstoppable, inside and out. Following are three tools that can shift your mindset, and make good stuff stick.

  1. Make a soundtrack – Personally relevant songs, memories and emotions can be connected in the brain. Plus, listening to naturally music releases lots of feel-good body chemicals. You can create a premeditated playlist, or tune in to the sounds and songs in your environment.  Perhaps you have an upcoming vacation planned, and would like to sop up every feel-good sensation you can possibly devour. To ensure making the good stuff stick, create a premeditated playlist, and play it throughout your vacation. Further, tune into the music playing in the car, restaurants, and parties. Then suddenly…that new belt-out-loud Rihanna song has even more meaning. It will take you right back to the sweet spot of your personal paradise. Pairing music with your positive moments can take you to those moments of feeling irresistible, swept away, and luscious.
  2. Snap a picture and write about it. – Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words; however, pairing handwriting your experiences has extra strong brain-adhesive power.  Snap some pictures when you feel positive feelings such as excited, invigorated, or carefree. Print your pictures and make a "home" for them in a journal. Be sure to write down what was special about those moments. Even more, you can strengthen the positivity brain adhesive by creating a photo gratitude journal. For a few days, make a commitment to photograph, print and write about any and all  things bring you  appreciation, harmony, or magic. Take pictures and write about your morning coffee, your cat walking on my computer when you’re working, or a text that made you laugh out loud from a friend. When you’re consciously filtering mind pond scum, you’re always on a feel-good treasure hunt.
  3. Stop and smell the roses – The sense of smell connects immediately with the emotional section of our brains. More than any other senses, our sense of smell encodes, conjures, and cultivates experiences, reminiscence, and recollection most strongly.  For example, you may smell chocolate chip cookies and immediately recall your best friend. Perhaps he always serves chocolate chip cookies when you visit; and, your visits remind you of feeling connected, supported and understood.  Try pairing a fragrance with an experience. Throw on a fragrance, carry an essential oil with you and connect with that scent when you feel appreciation, grace, or rapture. Further, when you notice you’re feeling content, confident, or inspiration simply be cognizant of what you smell in that exact moment to encode your brain with positivity.

Over time, we can train our brains to go to slip into feeling good more easily. The more we do it, the stronger our base. When you notice a positive feeling such as hope, optimism, or peace stop for 15-30 seconds and be a data collector. What do you hear?  What smells do you notice? What is going right for you in this very moment?  Allow the moment to permeate every single cell with delight and renewal. Sit in the moment of receiving, allowing the good stuff to stick. 

About Jessica: Jessica Sharpenstein, M.S., C.W.C., helps people break free from the chains that hold them back from awakened living. She is a wellness visionary, exercise physiologist, Reiki master, and psychic/medium. She believes accepting and loving yourself can be a metamorphic, compassionate, and FUN process. More about Jessica can be found on her website:

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Comment by Kathy Custren on July 14, 2017 at 7:39am

Thank you! 

Comment by Jessica Sharpenstein on July 13, 2017 at 10:15pm

Comment by Kathy Custren on July 13, 2017 at 9:20pm

Hi, Jessica - thank you for adding the abstract and bio, as Lisa asked. This looks like really helpful information. The bio paragraph, though, is running about 20 words over our 60-word requested count. We will need to reduce it just a bit for publication, since it is being forwarded. Thank you ~ Blessings! 

Comment by Jessica Sharpenstein on June 11, 2017 at 9:43am

Thank you, Lisa. I have made the requested additions. Please let me know if you need anything further.

Comment by Lisa Shaw on June 10, 2017 at 11:11am

Hi, Jessica.  Interesting article.  It's magazine policy to preface it with a brief abstract and conclude with a brief author bio. Please let me know when you have added these and I'll forward this to the publishers for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue.  Thanks.

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